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Director's Message

The Environment Program of Duke Kunshan University was officially launched in 2016. It is built upon the reputation of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy. The program consists of three pillars. The first pillar is the unique international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program that integrates environmental management with public policy. The second pillar is the multidisciplinary Environmental Research Center that addresses pressing environmental challenges in China and beyond. The third pillar is the emerging think tank that contributes to the ongoing environmental policy debate.

Although the Environment Program is still young, I am pleased with what we have accomplished and how we have generated local, national, and global impact. We have built a vibrant team with successful hiring of outstanding faculty and staff. Students around the globe are turning to us for the innovative iMEP program that prepares future global environmental leaders. We have started exciting new research projects with support from reputable funding agencies. We have launched new initiatives that bridge academics, industry, and policy. Our academic and outreach activities have been reported widely by Chinese and international media. 

I firmly believe we have laid a solid foundation for the Environment Program since its launching. With all this in place, we are excited to build on the momentum that we generated over the past few years and look forward to the future class of iMEP students.

Thank you for your support!

Junjie Zhang
Director, Environmental Research Center
Director, International Master of Environmental Policy Program
Duke Kunshan University