Building a New JV University from Scratch in China: The Case of Duke Kunshan University

Denis Simon, Professor of China Business and Technology, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

4:30pm - 5:45pm | CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Joint venture universities in China are part of a larger on-going effort to internationalize Chinese higher education and to absorb some of the “best practices” from Western universities. Launching and operating these joint venture projects offers many opportunities for increasing cross cultural understanding and raising global awareness among students, staff and faculty. That said, they also present many challenges and difficulties due to vast differences in curriculum formulation and student recruiting and enrollment as well as the high costs associated with ensuring a high quality academic experience for both Chinese and international students. This talk reviews the overall operating experiences of the ten Sino-foreign joint venture universities, with special focus on the experience of Duke Kunshan University (DKU). The author, who served as Executive Vice-Chancellor at DKU between 2015-2020, indicates that despite the numerous complex issues continuously facing these jointly managed campuses, their value in terms of curricular innovation, building greater cross-cultural sensitivity, and promoting a global perspective outweighs any of the immediate political hurdles and academic challenges.

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