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.