Attraction of US-China degree grows as world trade tensions simmer



More international students will have the chance to study firsthand the dynamics between China and the US in a unique graduate program offered by Duke’s Fuqua School of Business at Duke Kunshan University, a leading joint-venture university in China.

As the two countries clash over trade, the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program (MMS: Duke Kunshan), delivered at Duke University’s campus in the US and Duke Kunshan campus in China, hopes to recruit more international students.

“At a time such as this, it is particularly important for students to appreciate differences between the US and China, to be able to work with these differences, and to facilitate a deeper understanding between the two countries,” said Jeremy Petranka, assistant dean of Master of Management Studies and Master of Quantitative Management at the Fuqua School of Business.

“What makes this program special is its two-campus setup, which allows students to immerse themselves in the world’s two largest economies and experience first-hand the dynamics between them. It’s a great choice for students interested in pursuing a career involving US and Chinese businesses.”


From each July to December, students of the 10-month MMS: Duke Kunshan program will study at Duke University’s renowned Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina in the US. The following January they will move to the Duke Kunshan campus just outside Shanghai, eastern China’s economic center, and then graduate in May with a Duke University degree.

This unique program structure provides students with global business learning and cultural immersion in both nations, giving them a great competitive edge after they graduate and enter the business world.

The program caters to recent graduates with less than two years’ work experience. Students from all cultural and academic backgrounds are welcome to apply.

The curriculum includes 15 core courses in key business topics including finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, operations and more, combined with experiential learning activities in both countries. The courses are taught by Fuqua’s world-class faculty and train students to apply their newly acquired business skills and acumen to real-life situations.


The effort to recruit more international students highlights the program’s confidence with the future of joint-venture education between China and the US.

Currently, the program attracts students from seven to eight countries each year, with international students making up 30-35 percent of the total class size. The program provides generous scholarships for international students, as well as free Chinese classes for those interested in learning the language.

Career development is an important part of the program. Throughout the program, staff from both Fuqua’s and Duke Kunshan’s Career Management Centers work with students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and provide support in resume writing, interview preparation, and outreach and networking skills, etc., through one-on-one coaching and workshops.

On successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Management Studies degree from Duke University, and become a part of Duke University’s and Fuqua’s global alumni networks and Duke Kunshan’s growing network in China.

China has recently relaxed restrictions on work visas for international graduates.

A degree from Duke University in the US and an in-depth experience of China offers students great opportunities for employment in the world’s second-largest economy.

“With the support of the Career Management Center and alumni networks, we’ve seen very strong career statistics from the last few graduate classes,” Jeremy Petranka said, noting that graduates have been recruited by global companies in various industries, such as McKinsey, Deloitte, J.P. Morgan, Citi, Didi and Huawei.

Duke Kunshan University, located an hour’s ride away from Shanghai in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta region, China’s major economic hub, is a collaborative venture between Duke University, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the US, Wuhan University in China and the city of Kunshan.

The academic efforts of the joint-venture are led by Duke University, to ensure Duke quality education among all the programs it offers.

In China there are nine joint-venture universities between Chinese and overseas institutions. Duke University is the only one among the top 10 universities in the US that has established such an institution in China.

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About MMS: Duke Kunshan

MMS: Duke Kunshan is a unique global business graduate program that is delivered on two campuses in China and the United States. Students start the first half of the program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North California, US, and complete the rest of the program at Duke Kunshan University’s campus in Kunshan, China, which is located just outside of Shanghai.

The program is taught by Fuqua’s world-class faculty in both the US and China. Students receive a Duke University degree upon graduation, and become a part of Duke’s and Fuqua’s global alumni networks and Duke Kunshan’s growing alumni community in China.

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