The Duke Kunshan University curriculum blends a liberal arts and sciences education with modern interdisciplinary learning, challenging students to become rooted globalists who make a difference in professional and civic life.
Hands-on research, problem-based and team-based learning, and the freedom to craft individual pathways are the foundation of the Duke Kunshan curriculum. It builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills, building a broad base of knowledge while simultaneously fostering the ability to apply that knowledge flexibly. The curriculum is also deeply cross-cultural in its orientation, challenging students to consider multiple perspectives and to work together across cultural boundaries, both crucial skills for the future.
The small-scale residential setting at Duke Kunshan offers unique opportunities for innovative and integrated forms of learning, fostering an especially close connection between faculty and students while promoting intermixing of students with different interests.
Duke Kunshan also offers creative alignments between its undergraduate curriculum and research strengths at Duke Kunshan and Duke University. Duke Kunshan’s focus on discovery and the co-creation of knowledge follows in the tradition of the world’s top liberal arts colleges, and adds the benefits of research centers and institutes at Duke Kunshan, at Duke University, and at Wuhan University in China.
The Duke Kunshan curriculum is grounded in seven key principles: