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Perdue to check out Duke campus in China

This weekend, Gov. Bev Perdue and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco will visit Duke University's future campus in China.

The pair, who are on a trade mission with North Carolina business leaders, will stop at Duke Kunshan University. The campus is under construction in Kunshan, a city 37 miles from Shanghai. It is a partnership between Duke, the city of Kunshan and Wuhan University in China.

The building of a campus in China has been controversial at Duke, where some faculty have raised questions about the expense and the market demand of a high-priced Duke degree for Chinese students.

"We are honored to have Gov. Perdue and Secretary Crisco visit the site of Duke Kunshan University," Duke President Richard Brodhead said in a statement. "We hope DKU will play an important role in the continued development of strong ties between North Carolina and China, and I am confident that the visit by the governor and the secreatary will enrich existing relationships and open the door to new areas of cooperation."

DKU is scheduled to open in the 2012-13 academic year, the university said.


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Put a campus of unc in china

Put a campus of unc in china so that the chinese will not have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Importation of Chinese for "diversity"

Democrats love to talk about "diversity." But--who is going to pay the price in the form of a rejection letter by the state's tax payer supported university system for importing Chinese students?

This reminds me of the featured speaker that UNC-CH rolled out for parents at that institution's "Family Weekend" last Saturday. The associate provost for diversity and minority affairs gave a strong call for more diversity and for more minorities on campas (already one of the national leaders in black enrollment). She essentially gave notice that white students were not as welcomed by UNC-CH as minority students, were not to judged by their own individual talents and character, and that diversity--not learning and the finding of truth-- is the mission of the tax payer supported UNC system.

When are the Republicans going to stop worrying about gay marriage and tax breaks for the rich, and put a stop to the racism of affirmative action in our public institutions? As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in a 2007 school assignment case, "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

Bev, where's the trade portion of this expensive trip?

All we have seen press releases on is how we are going to train the Chinese.  When Bev says that she is the "Education Governor", I thought she was talking about educating NC's students.  We could have hired several new teachers for the cost of this boondoggle.

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