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Welcome to Duke iMEP 2019!

12-21-2018

By Tatiana Sherman, IMEP Program Coordinator

Caption: The iMEP students explore Durham cuisine on their second day with Christine Gerbode (MEM ’19) and Tatiana Sherman, IMEP Program Coordinator

Last week, we welcomed five iMEP students to Durham.  Xiaolin Xie, Liuyang He, Yan Gao, Qianzhe Huang, and Hanwei Xu arrived in Durham just in time to see our first big snow.  Despite the weather, they received a warm welcome from the Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) communities, and worked to get their Durham lives settled before the start of the Spring 2019 semester.

Eight students from the inaugural class of the international Masters of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program are spending their final semester at Duke University, joining the Sanford and Nicholas School graduate populations inside and outside the classroom. While at Duke, iMEP students will take courses at both Sanford and NSOE and complete their year-long Master’s Project.  They will have the opportunity to participate in field trips to experience the biomes of North Carolina and see what Duke Researchers are up to at the Duke Forest and Duke Marine Lab.  They will also have the opportunity to join student groups, organize events, or attend local conferences.

Caption: Christine Gerbode (MEM ’19), the first Duke student to study with the iMEP program at DKU, gives the iMEP students a tour of the Nicholas School.

We welcomed the iMEP students to campus with a Welcome Lunch at Sanford and tours of the Sanford and NSOE buildings. They reunited with familiar Faculty members Billy Pizer and David Schanzer from the Sanford School and Liz Losos from the Nicholas Institute, all of whom have previously travelled to DKU to provide instruction for the iMEP program.  The campus was already getting quiet with many students leaving for winter break, but the students met many new faces among faculty and staff.

Caption: IMEP  students and Sanford staff mingle at the Sanford Welcome Lunch.

Christine Gerbode (MEM ’19), the first Duke graduate student to study in the iMEP program for a whole semester at Duke Kunshan University, returned to the US last week along with her iMEP peers.  Of her DKU experience, Christine says, “My semester at DKU exposed me to totally different ways of thinking about environmental policy while putting what I have learned in Durham into a meaningful international context.”

One of the most exciting elements of the iMEP program is this opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. We look forward to the iMEP students sharing their DKU experiences with the Duke community, and the iMEP students exploring all the resources Duke has to offer.