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