DKU faculty and students in the academic building on campus

Academic programs at DKU are built around the core principles described below to advance the university’s mission. The four-year, dual degree undergraduate program launched in 2018 integrates liberal arts and sciences principles, combining hallmarks of a Duke education with Chinese tradition. In addition, five graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Policy, Management, Global Health, and Medical Physics prepare DKU students to become global leaders in their fields.

DKU’s core educational principles:

  • Curiosity, passion and the search for truth augmented by advanced research skills and the capacity and desire to generate creative, reasoned responses to complex issues and problems. 
  • A liberal arts and sciences pedagogy that emphasizes the importance of educational breadth, free inquiry and deep engagement. DKU’s interdisciplinary framework draws on multiple disciplines and integrates knowledge and research methodologies.
  • Pluralism, tolerance and a willingness to engage with and learn from others in preparation for living, working and leading – effectively and ethically – in an interconnected, multi-cultural world.  
  • Community action and service that is globally connected and locally grounded.


DKU is accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China. Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in the United States to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. DKU is not accredited by SACSCOC and the accreditation of Duke University does not extend to or include DKU or its students. Note that DKU students successfully completing the course of study required by DKU will be conferred both a DKU graduation certificate and diploma officially approved by the MOE as well as a diploma from Duke University (Duke University and its degrees are accredited by SACSCOC).
Further, although Duke University agrees to accept certain course work from DKU to be applied toward an award from Duke University, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Duke University. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.