Coach K and the Blue Devils Set to Pay Duke MBAs a Visit in China

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on February 22, 2011

Duke’s Cross Continent MBA Class of 2012 is in for a treat in China in August, according to a recent article in The Chronicle, the university’s student-run newspaper. The Duke men’s basketball team will play games in Dubai and China, and the MBAs will play the part of the “Cameron Crazies” during the team’s game in Kunshan, China on Aug. 17. The game will come at the end of the class’ two-week residency in Shanghai.

Although the team’s competitors have not been announced, the game at Kunshan is an important one, according to the article, because it will take place at the 200-acre Duke-affiliated campus, which will officially open in 2012 at an estimated cost of $7 million to $10 million over the next five years. It will include programs in business and global health among other disciplines.

Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua Full-Time MBA Profile) Dean Blair Sheppard and Duke Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy Greg Jones came up with the idea for this trip, according to a university press release, to show off not only Duke basketball, but also the university’s business education, health, arts, civic engagement, and policy-oriented programs to those who live in other parts of the world.

“This global tour presents Duke University with an extraordinary opportunity to expand our brand across the world, using one of its primary assets - Duke basketball - as the catalyst,” said Kevin White, vice president and director of Athletics at Duke, according to the press release. “The planning process involved several significant university entities, and is yet another example of the incredibly strong collaboration that exists at Duke.”

-By Francesca Di Meglio

Reader Comments

Guy Mmoasem

March 13, 2011 11:45 PM

It seems Coach K and Duke University Administration have communist sympathies
as far as I can see.I find this venture very hypocritical with all the anti-communist rhetoric in US for this high visibility in Communist China. What is so strategic for Duke University here?
Are there promising basketball talent in China? What are the intangibles for Duke and China here? With budget cuts for education and natural disasters in Japan, is this trip cost effective?


March 18, 2011 10:12 AM

Dude, you're an idiot if you don't understand why this trip is a good move.

Andrew L

March 23, 2011 4:13 PM

China is top-down communist, but bottom-up capitalist. The people wouldn't allow the communists to govern unless they preserved the economic (capitalist) engine of the country. You wouldn't know that unless you went there yourself. That's what a Duke education will give you - a more realistic understanding of the world of business.

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