Duke University thrives on interdisciplinary research, education and civic engagement. Rich collaborations are taking place all across campus, both within and across academic disciplines and schools.
Duke’s pursuit of excellence in interdisciplinarity has led to an ethos of community-based learning that is increasingly extended to all scholarly inquiry across the campus. The 2017 academic strategic plan, Together Duke, strengthens the university’s commitments to fundamental scholarship, a transformative educational experience for every student and engagement with communities around the world on pressing 21st-century challenges.
The university-wide Bass Connections program, launched in 2013, brings together Duke faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams.
A cornerstone of Duke’s commitment to inquiry across disciplines, university-wide institutes and initiatives foster problem-focused education, research and engagement to generate knowledge in the service of society.
Each receives core funding from the Office of the Provost and has its own strategic plan and governance structure. They are reviewed regularly by the Provost, joined by the Dean of the School of Medicine for those that are jointly supported, and periodically undergo comprehensive external reviews. In addition to the university-wide institutes and initiatives, each of Duke’s schools offers a home to interdisciplinary centers that create collaborative research, innovative courses and opportunities for students and faculty to apply knowledge in the service of society.