February 11, Kunshan - Mr. Chen Deming, president of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and a standing committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made a visit to Duke Kunshan University Wednesday. Accompanied by Kunshan officials, he led an ARATS delegation to learn about this new joint-venture university’s latest developments and encouraged DKU to drive innovation in collaborating with regional educational and industrial communities.
President Chen and the delegation first toured the campus and acknowledged the university’s great efforts in designing world-class facilities for its students and faculty. In meeting with senior DKU leadership team and faculty members, they exchanged ideas on such topics as leveraging DKU’s development to support local economic growth, launching research and education programs to improve public health, and engaging youth communities in cultivating their innovation talents.
“China is undergoing economic transition from an energy extensive economy to be more sustainable, and the cultural values of Chinese society are also transforming towards diversity and openness,” said Chen. “In this critical transitional period, education is the most fundamental way for the country’s transition. DKU arrives at the right time.” He pointed out that DKU should not only take the responsibility of educating top talents to support economic development in Kunshan city and the region at large, but also strive to be a place for the local youth communities to develop their creativity and innovative spirit.
Chancellor Liu and DKU team appreciated President Chen’s comments and encouragement. “DKU is committed to supporting the city’s economic development and the youth communities’ talent development through its interdisciplinary research and education platforms,” said Liu. “And Kunshan should leverage DKU’s strengths to improve the city’s economic development through innovation. The city can benefit from studying other successful development models, such as the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, the Boston 128 Tech Belt, and Silicon Valley.”