Master of Environmental Policy (IMEP - China)

OVERVIEW

Duke Kunshan University is offering a new international master’s degree in environmental policy. The four-semester, 16-course Master's in Environmental Policy (MEP) is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies. Student recruitment will begin this spring.

It is the first in the world to draw together the important core requirements in environmental management and public policy. These include economics, political science, sociology, history, law, statistics and environmental science. 

“Rapid economic development has transformed the landscape across China and much of Asia. This has brought new opportunities, but also new challenges linked to increased air and water pollution, water scarcity, resource depletion and toxic waste disposal,” said environmental economist Junjie Zhang, who will direct the MEP program.

The impacts of these challenges are compounded by concerns about climate change and food security, and extend far beyond Asia’s shores, Zhang said. There is now unprecedented demand for policy analysts and environmental and business managers who understand the issues, can recognize global and local opportunities for addressing them, and help governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations forge solutions.

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A MESSAGE FROM IMEP DIRECTOR PROF. JUNJUIE ZHANG

"Demand is skyrocketing for policy analysts and environmental and business managers who understand these issues, can recognize global and local opportunities for addressing them and help governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations forge solutions. Producing this new generation of global environmental leaders is what the iMEP program at Duke Kunshan is all about."

CURRICULUM

Year 1 - Fall
   •  Environmental Economics
   •  Statistics and Program Evaluation for Environmental Policy
   •  Environmental Policy Analysis
   •  1 Elective

Year 1 - Spring
   •  Environmental Science
   •  Environmental Economics Policy Practicum
   •  Environmental Policy Process
   •  1 Elective

Year 2 - Fall
   •  Master's Project Capstone
   •  3 Electives
   •  Option to study abroad at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Year 2 - Spring
   •  Master's Project Capstone
   •  Environmental Law, Governance and Regulation
   •  2 Electives

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HOW TO APPLY 

Applicants to Duke Kunshan University’s graduate programs must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. In addition to the prerequisite bachelor’s degree, the following are required:

*The program’s language of instruction is English, and written and spoken English proficiency is required. Students who are not native English speakers must provide language evaluation test scores with their application materials.

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THE CITY OF KUNSHAN

Kunshan lies in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Region, one of the most developed areas in China. Bordering Shanghai, a large international metropolis, to its east and Suzhou, one of the country’s most renowned cultural and historical cities, to its west, Kunshan is an emerging industrial and commercial city with a history dating back more than 2000 years.

Local residents have equal access to the best urban infrastructure and amenities, including large shopping malls, state-of-the-art cultural and sport facilities, open cultural and natural parks, and public transportation. Rapid advancement in rail traffic has brought Kunshan people much closer to its surrounding areas.

Kunshan has won many titles, including the top of Chinese Mainland’s Best County-level Cities by Forbes China for seven consecutive years and the 2010 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award. The DKU Art Project attracts artists from China and abroad who are interested in displaying their work within the liberal arts environment of DKU. Residents enjoy and preserve its rich cultural and historical resources. Kunqu Opera is now listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 

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