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International Master of Environmental Policy

Master of Environmental Policy - Duke Kunshan (China)

New economic opportunities in emerging economies and around the globe have brought complex environmental challenges—from increased air and water pollution to food security to energy and climate change. The Sanford School, in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment, offers an international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program at Duke Kunshan University.  This program prepares its graduates to meet these pressing challenges through effective policy solutions drawn from an array of disciplines.

The four-semester, 16-course International Master's in Environmental Policy (iMEP) at Duke Kunshan University is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies. 

The program is the first in the world to draw together the important core requirements in environmental management and public policy. These include economics, political science, sociology, history, law, statistics and environmental science. It is based in China. Many iMEP students spend a semester at Duke University's Durham, North Carolina, campus and take classes at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

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    Beautiful, New Campus

    The state-of-the art Duke Kunshan campus covers a 200-acre area in Kunshan's Yangcheng Lake Science and Technology Park. The campus is LEED-certified green. Located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, and connected to both by high-speed rail, the city of Kunshan is a center for business and high-tech research and manufacturing, and has one of the fastest growing economies in China.  Explore Campus >>

Duke University is ranked #3 in the world for environmental management and policy by US News and World Report.

About Duke Kunshan University

Duke Kunshan University is a partnership between Duke University and Wuhan University. Duke Kunshan is a world-class liberal arts and research university offering a range of academic programs for students from China and throughout the world. Duke Kunshan welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2014.

About the Region

The city of Kunshan lies in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Region, one of the most developed areas in China.

Bordering Shanghai, a large international metropolis, to its east and Suzhou, one of the country’s most renowned cultural and historical cities, to its west, Kunshan is an emerging industrial and commercial city with a history dating back more than 2000 years. Located in the southeastern part of Jiangsu province, Kunshan occupies an area of 931 square kilometers (359 square miles), one quarter of which is covered by lakes and rivers.

Its superior natural and urban living environment has attracted people from all over the world to live and work in Kunshan.

Dr. ZhangDemand is skyrocketing for policy analysts and environmental and business managers who understand these issues, can recognize global and local opportunities for addressing them and help governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations forge solutions. Producing this new generation of global environmental leaders is what the iMEP program at Duke Kunshan is all about. - Junjie Zhang, Director, iMEP program 


Billy PizerThe opportunity for policy research to positively impact the environment has never been greater than it is, right now, in China. - Billy Pizer, Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Kunshan University



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Kelley Reardon  iMEP'19 created a video that includes one second from every day of her first year in the program. Watch the video.