iMEP students start first semester on Duke campus | Duke Kunshan University

iMEP students start first semester on Duke campus

The inaugural class of students on Duke Kunshan University’s master of environmental policy (iMEP) program have arrived on the Duke University campus to continue their studies. 

Eight students from the program will spend their final semester at Duke University, joining the Sanford and Nicholas School graduate populations inside and outside the classroom.

While at Duke, the iMEP students will take courses at Sanford and Nicholas and complete their yearlong master’s project. They will participate in field trips to experience the biomes of North Carolina and see what Duke’s researchers are up to at Duke Forest and the Duke Marine Lab.

In addition, they will have the opportunity to join student groups, organize events or attend local conferences.

At Duke, the students have been reunited with familiar faculty members Billy Pizer and David Schanzer from the Sanford School and Liz Losos from the Nicholas Institute. All three have previously travelled to Duke Kunshan to provide instruction for the iMEP program. 

Christine Gerbode, the first Duke graduate to join on the iMEP program for a whole semester, has returned to the United States with her classmates. Of her experience in China, she said, “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 exciting elements of the iMEP program is this opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. Students in the new program learn from researchers from China and the U.S., and core classes span multiple disciplines including economics, political science, sociology, history, law, statistics and environmental science.

In addition to the full-time iMEP faculty members at Duke Kunshan, a rotating roster of Duke faculty members visit the campus each semester to teach, conduct research and advise students. Some classes are taught jointly at both Duke and Duke Kunshan via teleconferencing and other technologies.