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East Asia

Duke University has a long history of ties to East Asia. Our very first international student, Charlie Soong, arrived from China to Trinity College’s campus in 1881!

Today, many faculty members have expertise and conduct research in the region. For example, Professor Giovanna Merli’s research straddles three disciplinary realms: demography, contemporary Chinese society and global health.

 “I focus on a range of population and health issues in developing countries that intersect frontline public policy, such as the role of China's population control program in lowering fertility preferences and fertility rates in China,” she writes.

In addition, Duke University has a new campus in Kunshan, China. Several Sanford faculty work in country as program developers and instructors.

vietnam staff ride
02.15.2017

For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam

Photo of Duke Kunshan campus
09.28.2016

Duke Kunshan University is accepting applications for a new international master’s degree in environmental policy (IMEP) which will begin in the fall of 2017. The four-semester, 16-course program is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies.