Duke Kunshan University

Kunshan, China
A dynamic, innovative and global institution, Duke Kunshan University blends liberal education with Chinese tradition in a new approach to elite higher education in China. The university’s rigorous academic offerings require students to master academic material, generate new ideas, and develop creative solutions to the world's challenges.



Duke Kunshan University delivers academic programs designed to address society’s future needs through a curriculum based in the liberal arts tradition and a commitment to problem-based learning that challenges students to apply their knowledge during the learning process.

The university’s innovative academic programs inspire students to master academically rigorous course work, generate new ideas and develop creative solutions to the world’s challenges, preparing them not just for careers in specific fields, but to become globally sophisticated leaders and citizens.


As an international, intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, Duke Kunshan University welcomes outstanding students and faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to this global learning environment.

Launched in November 2014, the WHU-DUKE Research Institute at Duke Kunshan University is established to further enhance and promote close and multi-facet collaborations between faculty and students at Duke University (DUKE) and Wuhan University (WHU) in education and research.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (2)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)


Student services

Duke Kunshan University is a place for learning, living and growing, in a setting that encourages the pursuit of knowledge within and beyond the classroom. The City of Kunshan is located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, two of the largest and most developed metropolitan areas in China.

The city of Kunshan is a center for business and high-tech research and manufacturing, and it has one of the fastest growing economies in China. The 200-acre campus site is within the Kunshan Yangcheng Lake Science Park and features state-of-the-art classroom and meeting facilities, library resources, student and faculty housing and dining space, and recreational facilities.

Housing services

A three-story, 200-bed student residence with suites emulate the Unité model of Le Corbusier—each suite is entered from the second floor, with shared living on that level and four bedrooms (all singles) and two shared bathrooms above or below.

The Faculty Residence is a two-story building that has 16 units of faculty apartments, each with a live/work loft concept.

Library services

The school’s teaching programs are housed in the three-story building containing four tiered classrooms, an auditorium, a library, a dining room for students and conference participants, and a business center.

The three-story Innovation Center will be equipped with a library, classrooms and team rooms.

ICT services

DKU IT provides computing and technology resource support to DKU students, faculty and staff, including visiting Duke students and faculty.

DKU students, faculty and staff have access to a wide range of IT services, including NetIDs, network access, email, computer software, course web sites (Sakai) and multimedia, lecture capture, and voice/videoconferencing services, among others.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus blends traditional Chinese elements with advanced educational technology in a spacious, modern setting. Extensive aquatic elements, including an aquatic quadrangle at the center of campus, symbolize the region’s famous water towns and are integrated throughout the campus, while leading information technology and Telepresence systems provide instant connections to colleagues and classmates around the world.

The DKU campus includes classroom and research spaces, student and faculty residences, dining facilities, an executive conference center, and recreation and leisure spaces.

Student clubs

Student clubs and organizations are an exciting and important part of the Duke Kunshan University experience, not only to serve the diverse needs and interests of our students, connect everybody outside their classrooms, but also to provide leadership skills development and opportunities, as well as to empower students culturally, socially, and intellectually.


The Duke faculty and Board of Trustees have approved the awarding of Duke University degrees for the Master of Science in Medical Physics, Master of Management Studies and Master of Science in Global Health programs.

Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.