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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.

Photo of Duke Kunshan campus

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.

Hult team reviewing documents

A group of Duke students has developed an app that would help connect people in Mumbai India's slums with jobs that already exist. (Currently people in the slums pay middlemen for jobs, which are often too far away.) The idea is gaining traction. The students have made it to the global top 10 in the prestigious Hult Prize competition, beating out approximately 25,000 others.