Spotlight | Duke Kunshan University


The university’s first Water Towns Environmental Film and Arts Festival opened on Thursday with a red carpet reception attended by leading names in conservation and wildlife protection, and talks by international experts in “eco-cinema” and “smog art.”

Richard H. Brodhead, president emeritus of Duke University, talks about the past, present and future of U.S.-China educational exchanges, and how a pioneering Chinese scholar inspired him on the path to founding Duke Kunshan, a “pocket of innovation and experimentation in higher education.”

Duke Kunshan’s inaugural undergraduate class is still in its first year, but the Career Services team is already helping freshmen forge professional connections through skills workshops and field trips to a diverse range of companies, including several global brands.

Frances Chang, executive director of private wealth-management firm Noah Holdings, says awareness is critical to making good investments, as she shares her experiences on the road to becoming a successful businesswoman in her talk on “Investment, Entrepreneurship and Wealth” at Duke Kunshan University.

Steve Blake, China director for WildAid, is among the special guests set to attend Duke Kunshan's first Water Towns Environmental Film and Arts Festival, which will run April 11 to 14. The event will feature some 50 documentary films, talks by leading figures in wildlife and ecological conservation in China and beyond, art installations and fashion shows.