Explore Our International Master of Environmental Policy


iMEP is an International Master of
Environmental Policy degree, co-conveyed by the Sanford School of
Public Policy and the Nicholas School of the Environment here at Duke University. In the degree program students spend three semesters at Duke Kunshan
University outside of Greater Shanghai and one semester here in Durham, North
Carolina. My hometown is in Hunan Province; Chenzhou city which is one of the most polluted cities in China. When I’m sitting in my bedroom I can see nothing
but white, haze, and smoke. So I joined the iMEP program to abate the environmental problems in my hometown. I never imagined I will end up being in an environmental
program because my undergraduate major is international relations. As a kid I always thought about, “How can I contribute to the world?” I thought maybe I can study environmental issues but, I realized for really complicated
environmental challenges, technology and the science is not enough. There are people, there are policy, there are society involved. So I think iMEP is perfect for me. With iMEP you’re getting all of the
elements of a public policy degree; the statistics, the economics, the policy
analysis, but all this is focused on the environment. There’s not another program you could enroll in that would give you that. DKU it’s like an American
University transported into China. I’ve gone there every semester and I teach a
module. I think that’s been another fun way I’ve gotten to interact with the
students. One thing I really like about the DKU campus: everything’s so convenient. You can develop very close relationship with the community. They’re a really small program, you spend your days together, you study together, eat together,
and you support each other. Graduate students are actually like a family. At Duke this campus has a longer history. The people are from different countries. The semesters in DKU are preparing us for the basis and the semester in Duke is like
giving us a chance to elevate what we are interested in. Many have asked us why would students
want to go study environmental policy in China when you could study anywhere else in the world. China is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It has a tremendous environmental footprint. Having a program in China just opens doors. China and Asia right now are facing all these environmental policy questions. If you were in the United States and you were studying
environmental policy, you would be discussing reforming environmental policy or
improving environmental policy. In China you’re talking about creating it. A core component of the iMEP program is our focus on practical problem solving. All of the faculty are involved in applied research and through master’s projects and independent studies, students are able to work with policy makers and problem solvers in all different sectors that align with their interests. Nowhere on earth can you find another place where the faculty members are so available and
are so accessible and so friendly. We have very different professors from
different backgrounds. We have Billy Pizer, who is a world-renowned economics professor. Junjie Zhang who is focused more in air pollution. Here at iMEP I met my amazing supervisor, professor Binbin Li who is a conservation biologist. The impact she has made inspired me and I found my passion in community-based conservation. I don’t think there really is one
typical IiMEP student. They’re adventurous, they’re curious, they think
globally. So you need to be a top student who is ready for work. If you are prospective student, you really do not need to worry about whether you have any
background in environmental study or in economics. The iMEP programs will equip
you with everything you need. The only thing you need to do is apply for it. If you don’t know what you want to do, come here, and there are so many options.
I’ve grown a lot with iMEP programs. I’ve learned practical skills including
public policy, economics, philosophy. This is an amazing opportunity to become part
of the next generation of environmental leaders, who will be well positioned, well trained to go out and solve the world’s biggest environmental problems.

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