Here at Duke, North Carolina House Representatives Rick Glazier (D–Cumberland), Grier Martin (D–Wake), and Chuck McGrady (R–Henderson) recently joined students to discuss policy in practice. They spoke candidly of their experiences in the NC political system, the challenges they face in office, and fielded questions from an audience of professors and students.
When Duke students attended their first classes on Monday, August 25, in Durham, another set of Duke students were doing the same thing more than 7,000 miles away. Nearly five years after it was first introduced to faculty, Duke Kunshan University (DKU) held its first classes this fall in Kunshan, China.
“Duke Kunshan University is a bold project to drive innovation in Chinese international education,” said Liu Jingnan, DKU’s designated chancellor, at the opening ceremony, according to a press release. “It represents a real chance to explore new models of higher education in China and sets an example for other Sino-international cooperative schools.”
Despite record numbers of migrants dying trying to enter Europe, EU remains reluctant to overhaul migration policies
On September 10th yet another migrant boat tragedy occurred in the Mediterranean Sea. According to survivors, Human traffickers deliberately capsized a ship off the coast of Malta, resulting in the deaths of nearly 300 people. The ship, which departed from Egypt, carried men, women, and children from Syria, Palestine, Sudan and Egypt. Two Palestinian survivors of the tragedy told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that the smugglers laughed and taunted the migrants after ramming the ship, and even chopped at the hands of a drowning man trying to hold on to their boat. Continue reading