Spotlight | Duke Kunshan University


In the time of Covid-19, Duke Kunshan’s faculty, senior administrators and staff have risen to a series of unique challenges in preparing courses and the campus for the fall semester.

More than 100 China-based students from Duke will take a mixture of in-person classes and remote courses on the Kunshan campus, while about 30 U.S.-based DKU students will do the same in Durham.

As divisional chairs, Kolleen Guy, William Parsons, Jr. and Kai Huang lead faculty recruitment, performance reviews and mentoring in their respective areas: Arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied sciences.

Since Duke Kunshan cancelled its annual International Admitted Student Experience due to the Covid-19 emergency, members of the Class of 2024 have found fun ways online to meet up and integrate with the campus community.

Chenkai Wu, an epidemiologist focusing on healthy aging and the clinical implications of frailty, is leading research to inform policymakers in Shenzhen and beyond on the growing demand for assisted living facilities in China.