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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Katherine Zhao and her aunt, smiling

Sanford brings together an aunt and niece who had never before met. The aunt, Luo Hao, is studying Public Policy and Management as part of a four-month training program at Sanford for Chinese government officials.

Giovanna Merli

Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia have spread widely in China during the past few decades, prompting concerns among policymakers and researchers that HIV might do the same.

DKU campus.

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) may soon offer a new professional degree for people interested in international environmental policy.

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China expert and author Daniel A. Bell will argue the benefits of the Chinese-style political meritocracy in a panel discussion Monday, Oct. 19, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The event takes place at 5 p.m. in lecture hall 04 and is free and open to the public.


China is expected to announce the details of a cap-and-trade program which will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, as part of measures aimed to address climate change. “China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 30 percent of emissions. Anything done to ensure that the reduction targets announced earlier this year are met would be atmospherically significant. Legitimate action by China on climate change also removes a major justification for political inaction by the United States," says Tim Profeta.