In China, Duke U. Navigates a Foreign Landscape
The road to China has not been smooth for Duke University. The prestigious college’s effort to open a campus here has been beset by construction problems,Chinese red tape, and faculty debates back home in Durham, N.C., about the value and cost of the venture. The opening of the 40-acre campus, which is located outside Shanghai, has been delayed several times. But after five years, Duke finally welcomed students to the campus in October. Administrators at Duke Kunshan University, as the new institution is known, chalk up any issues to the effort’s aspiration and size.