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Duke University

Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Duke was most recently ranked #7 in the 2014 U.S.News & World Report "National Universities Rankings." Duke’s graduate and professional schools — in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy — are among the leaders in their fields. Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Duke also is active internationally through the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Duke Kunshan University in China and numerous research and education programs across the globe.

More than 75 percent of Duke students pursue service-learning opportunities in Durham and around the world through DukeEngage and other programs that advance the university’s mission of “knowledge in service to society.”

Duke’s reputation has been enhanced by its accomplishments in interdisciplinary studies; the interdisciplinary character of the institution attracts exceptional faculty and students, adds a critical dimension to teaching, and promotes study at the frontiers of research. Success in interdisciplinary studies requires collaboration across disciplines, schools, and institutes; such collaborations have given rise to innovative initiatives in undergraduate and graduate education, and in faculty research and recruitment. University-wide institutes, centers and initiatives – including Bass Connections, a university-wide educational initiative – are incubating some of Duke’s most exciting collaborative research and teaching initiatives.

The six University Institutes– covering areas of global health, brain sciences, social science, ethics, environmental policy studies, and humanities – foster and contribute problem-focused, interdisciplinary research and education to Duke, and generate knowledge in the service of society through initiation and facilitation of novel collaborations and programming.

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 a comprehensive and key 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 with full support in construction and development from the central and local government of China.

The history of Wuhan University can be traced back to Ziqiang Institute, which was founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, the then governor of Hubei Province and Hunan Province in the late Qing Dynasty. In the process of development and evolution, the institute changed its name several times before it was finally named Wuhan National University in 1928. It is one of the earliest comprehensive national universities in modern China. By the end of 1946, the university had established 6 colleges, the colleges of liberal art, law, sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine. In 2000, an amalgamation of the former Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Hubei Medical University was announced, which ushered in a new era in its 100-odd years of development.

For the past century, Wuhan University has built an elegant palatial architectural complex of primitive simplicity which blends perfectly the eastern architectural style with that of the west. It is honored as the "Most Beautiful University in China." Wuhan University's motto, is,"Improve Oneself, Promote Perseverance, Seek Truth and Make Innovations."

Wuhan University offers courses of study in a range of disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine and management. Since its establishment, Wuhan University has cultivated more than 300,000 professional talents in various occupations, among whom there are over 100 members of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. They have made great contributions to the national construction and social advancement. The remarkable achievements of Wuhan University have won the university an extensive international reputation. In 1999, the world-renowned journal Science listed Wuhan University as one of the most prominent institutions of higher education in China. And in 2011, it was listed as one of the top 400 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education.

Wuhan University now has 3,600 instructors, including 2,500 professors and associate professors, and 32,441 undergraduate students, 13,918 master students and 7,477 Ph.D. students. Among all the students, 1,022 are from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and 1,477 are international students.

Wuhan University’s international exchanges and cooperation have blossomed in recent years. It has established cooperative relationships with more than 400 universities and research institutes in over 70 countries and regions.

Now Wuhan University is endeavoring to shape itself into a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.