About ECE

Duke Kunshan University is a Sino-American partnership between Wuhan University and Duke University. We seek to create a world-class liberal arts and research university that offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, both for students from China and throughout the world. In September 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Education approved our accreditation, and Duke Kunshan University welcomed our inaugural class of graduate students in August 2014.

In collaboration with Duke Kunshan University, Duke University has established a Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with first-year classes offered at Duke Kunshan University (the “Duke @ DKU MEng Program”) and the second-year classes offered at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. This curriculum setup aligns with the current strength of interdisciplinary education and research of Duke’s ECE program. Duke ECE has pursued interdisciplinary research projects through its collaboration with other departments, such as the Pratt School of Engineering, the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, and more. Today, the ECE department is an important contributor to the quality of applied science and engineering at Duke.

In addition, the Duke ECE program itself is emblematic of world-class education and research. It is characterized by a firm engineering foundation, and further grounded by the classes and experience that showcase Duke’s unique liberal arts environment. The ECE department at Duke is currently home to 235 undergraduate students, 168 MS/MEng students, and 195 PhD students. No matter their degree, these ECE students are characterized by the depth and breadth of their engineering education, as well as their superior communication skills, and a profound appreciation for how engineering fits within the broader societal spectrum.

After graduation, Duke ECE students frequently achieve leadership roles across a wide array of fields. Some of them will work for academic universities, research labs, and companies within the engineering field, but graduates are not confined to opportunities within that area. Many graduates pursue their career in other specialties such as business, law, and medicine.

The strengths of Duke’s ECE program are clear. Duke University and Duke Kunshan University believe that Duke can capitalize on these achievements through the establishment of a Duke @ DKU MEng Program with first-year classes offered at Duke Kunshan University and second-year classes offered at Duke University. Through this program, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University seek to accomplish the following missions:

Make impactful contributions to talent training in China, facilitating Duke and Duke Kunshan University’s rise to leading global institutions.

Attract top ECE candidates from China and its neighboring countries, giving them the environment and resources necessary to become global technical leaders in the field of ECE. These goals will create a global vision for Duke and Duke Kunshan University.

It is important to note that the Duke @ DKU MEng Program is not a simple replica of Duke’s existing ECE program. Instead, in collaboration with Duke Kunshan University, Duke considered the remarkably rapid technological advances of today’s global environment, which includes the United States, China, and other neighboring countries. With these considerations in mind, Duke carefully designed the Duke @ DKU MEng Program, making it well-positioned to meet the demands of the evolving market. Designed with industrial needs in mind, students will be exposed to modern Chinese business practices, industry standards, and plenty of networking opportunities. Such experience is not just valuable, it is indispensable in this globalized economy, and necessary whether students eventually return to China or choose to work for US companies engaged in business with China.

In the Duke @ DKU MEng Program, students will spend their first year at Duke Kunshan University and their second year at Duke. Upon successful completion of the Program, students will receive a Duke MEng degree while gaining valuable international experience. While spending their second year at Duke, students will have access to resources that may allow them (no assurances) to remain in the United States for a period of time after graduation, such as Optional Practical Training (OPT) which will aid students in expanding their work experience and industry knowledge in the United States.

The Duke @ DKU MEng Program offers integrated classroom education and professional training. This combination will prepare students for the active engagement necessary to devise solutions for global technical challenges. The students we seek are those who desire an international education experience in both China and the US, as our program was designed to give students what they need to become technical leaders for global companies.

Xin Li, Ph. D. 
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research, Duke Kunshan University
Dean of Graduate Studies, Duke Kunshan University
Director of Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering, Duke Kunshan University
Director of Master of Engineering Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

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