The $2 million gift will create a scholarship program for highly qualified undergraduate students attending the Global Learning Semester at DKU
Durham, NC - A $2 million gift from an alumnus of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business will provide scholarships for the Duke Kunshan University (DKU) Undergraduate Global Learning Semester and help establish Duke's Talent Identification Program (TIP) in China.
The gift will create a scholarship program for highly qualified Chinese and international undergraduate students attending the Global Learning Semester at DKU. The program offers a one-semester, liberal arts-style learning experience in China for undergraduates currently enrolled at other universities in China and around the world, and leads to Duke University course credit.
The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Chinese citizen and permanent U.S. resident who supports primary and secondary education.
The gift will underwrite partnerships with leading Chinese universities that will sponsor select students to attend the DKU semester program. Scholarships of varying amounts, including many full scholarships, also will be available for undergraduate students from China and the rest of the world.
Duke TIP, a leader in identifying and serving academically gifted and talented students, will use the contribution to expand its student talent search and educational services to include Chinese high school students. Over its 34-year history, TIP has served more than 2.5 million students globally through its talent searches and educational programming.
"This is an extraordinary gift from a Duke graduate who fully understands the value of the global education and global living experiences that Duke provides," said Peter Lange, provost of Duke University and chairman of the DKU Board of Trustees. "Through TIP and the DKU semester program, this gift will make global educational experiences possible for many young people."
"The DKU Global Learning Semester is a transformative educational experience for undergraduate students from around the world," added Mary Brown Bullock, DKU's executive vice chancellor. "We are incredibly grateful for both the gift and the donor's vision, and the role both will play in bringing outstanding students to DKU."
The gift will advance the comprehensive Duke Forward fundraising campaign, which has passed the halfway point toward its $3.25 billion goal. The campaign supports priorities across Duke's 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs including DKU and TIP.
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About Duke Kunshan University
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a Sino-American joint venture university founded by Duke University and Wuhan University in Kunshan, China. DKU was granted final establishment approval in September 2013, and is governed by an independent board of trustees. The university is accepting applications for admission to master's degree programs in medical physics, global health and management studies, and for the Undergraduate Global Learning Semester program for students currently enrolled at other universities around the world.
About Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that identifies and serves the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators and schools for the development of the students' optimal educational potential.