On the morning of Nov. 4 in China, laptop screens on the Duke Kunshan campus glowed with the red-and-blue Electoral College map for the U.S. election. WeChat Moments—China’s equivalent of a Facebook feed—showed screenshots, words of encouragement and amateur commentary on the state of the race.
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At DKU, and in China at large, COVID-19 is not regarded an ever-present existential threat as such. Signs on campus encouraging social distancing remain but have all but lost their authority.
I didn’t think I’d be spending the first month of my first year of college quarantined in Chinese hotels, but here I am.
“Don’t get me wrong: The classes are pretty fun, and she explains concepts well. But the exams are the priority, y’know?”
On July 1, Al Bloom took office as executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. The Chronicle reached out to the DKU community to gather questions for the university’s newly inaugurated administrator and caught up virtually with Bloom to talk about his new position.
Denis Simon, Duke Kunshan University's former executive vice chancellor, came to DKU in August 2015 and has been intimately involved in all aspects of the venture.
How do you calculate the speed of sound in your bedroom? How do you measure your mental rotation skills with your computer? Can you identify genetic traits at home?
Administrators from Duke Kunshan University are preparing to resume in-person instruction at the Kunshan campus this fall, according to a Monday email to students from DKU leadership.
Does expecting a pass/fail option make me lazy? Does it mean that I’ve stopped trying in or attending classes? Absolutely not.
With the students of Duke and Duke Kunshan scattered the world over, there has also arisen the opportunity to find commonalities in unsuspecting places—from waking up at ungodly hours for Zoom discussion groups to gripes about the inconveniences of online assignments, shared experiences do help in creating an almost communal resilience against letting these circumstances affect us.