The donation—gifted by an alumnus of the Fuqua School of Business who is a permanent U.S. resident—will fund a scholarship for Chinese and international undergraduate students attending the Global Learning Semester at DKU, according to a Duke News press release.
“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 Provost Peter Lange in the release. “Through TIP and the DKU semester program, this gift will make global educational experiences possible for many young people.”
The Undergraduate Global Learning Semester is a one-semester, liberal arts learning experience in China for undergraduate students that are enrolled at other universities in China or around the world. The program provides students with Duke course credit for their work.
“The DKU Global Learning Semester is a transformative educational experience for undergraduate students from around the world,” said Mary Brown Bullock, DKU’s executive vice chancellor, in the release. “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.”
Using the donation, Duke TIP—a program that identifies academically gifted students—will expand its reach and educational services to include high school students in China.
The gift is part of the Duke Forward fundraising campaign—which has a goal of raising $3.25 billion.