Toward our Second Century

A Strategic Framework for the Future of Duke

The story of Duke’s first hundred years has been one of tremendous success—of the transformation of a small liberal arts college into a great research university, delivering on the boldly ambitious vision of Duke’s founders and the countless students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have collectively shaped our history.

As we approach our centennial in 2024, this is a moment of transformation for Duke, when we can see more clearly than ever before how we might lead in the century to come. It is also a moment of extraordinary continuity, as the seeds of our current and future excellence were planted and cultivated throughout our university’s first hundred years.

Today, we have the opportunity to develop a bold vision of our own, to define what Duke’s next hundred years will bring.

Duke will empower the boldest thinkers.

The discoveries and advances that will improve lives begin with attracting the very best people.

Duke will transform teaching and discovery.

Neurology resident Casey Farin, MD, right, teaches Duke first-year medical students Christine Wu, left, and Sammi Fernandes (cq) about the anatomy of the cerebral cortex and the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain during a wet-lab experience with human brain specimens in the Trent Semans Center.

New fusions of our research and educational missions will create an inclusive and robust learning community.

Duke will build a renewed campus community.

Students, faculty and staff come and go on the Bryan Center walkway in front of West Union during an early Fall afternoon.

This will be a healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive environment that promotes growth among our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Duke will forge purposeful partnerships.

The Lucky Strike smokestack and water tower stand in the foreground against the downtown Durham skyline.

We will find new ways to use our educational and research resources to deepen and strengthen our relationships across the Carolinas and throughout the Southeast.

Duke will engage a global network.

Panoramic photo of the stage and crowd at 2018 Duke University 166th Commencement, Sunday May 13th, 9am at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

We will invest in developing next-generation engagement platforms to extend and deepen all aspects of university life.