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Duke University

Duke University, located in the scenic US state of North Carolina, is one of the wealthiest private research universities in America.  As well as being known for producing top international scholars, Duke also dominates in the sporting field and has a strong campus life culture.

Consistently ranked as a top 10 US college (#8 in the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges 2017, and #5 US College in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018), Duke is one of the most competitive colleges to get into.  Spread across nearly 9,000 acres of land, Duke boasts 10 schools and colleges offering a range of specializations including business, law, medicine and engineering.  Duke also has a strong international presence through the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Duke Kunshan University in China, and numerous research and education programs across the globe.

Duke has earned its reputation as a leading research university through its accomplishments in interdisciplinary studies, attracting exceptional academic staff and students.  This adds a critical dimension to teaching, and positions Duke as a leader and pioneer in various research fields. Such success is owed to exciting collaborations across disciplines, schools, and institutes, giving rise to university-wide educational initiative such as Bass Connections.

Duke’s faculties consistently rank in the US top ten in terms of research across a range of subjects from Biomedical Engineering to Applied Economics to Mechanical Engineering.

Notable Alumni:

Timothy D. Cook (MBA 1988) CEO, Apple Inc.

Melinda French Gates (MBA 1987, BS 1986) Co-founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Gao Xiqing (JD 1986) Former Vice Chairman and President, China Investment Corporation

Martin E. Dempsey (AM 1984), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chief military adviser to President Barack Obama

David M. Rubenstein (AB 1970) Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Richard Nixon (LLB 1937) 37th President of the United States of America

Wuhan University

Wuhan University (WHU) is ranked among the top 10 universities in China, and is a key comprehensive national university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the "211 Project" and "985 Project" universities, fully supported by central and local government in China.

The history of Wuhan University can be traced back to the Ziqiang Institute, which was founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, the then governor of Hubei Province and Hunan Province in the late Qing Dynasty. Over the years it developed and evolved and finally became Wuhan National University in 1928, as it is known today.

Its campus boasts palatial buildings which blend Eastern and Western architectural styles, and is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful university campuses in China.

Since its establishment, Wuhan University has more than 300,000 alumni to its name, leaders in various fields. Over 100 alumni are members of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and have made significant contributions to modern China.

In 1999, the world-renowned journal Science listed Wuhan University as one of the most prominent institutions of higher education in China. In 2011, it was also listed as one of the top 400 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education.

Wuhan University's motto of "improve oneself, promote perseverance, seek truth and make innovations" is lived out through its 3,600 staff and 40,000 students.  Its international student body continues to grow as the university enjoys partnerships with more than 400 universities and research institutes in over 70 countries and regions.

Today Wuhan University continues to lead the way as one of China’s leading world-class universities.

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