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Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows earn a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center is one of six Rotary Peace Center Partner Universities worldwide. Fellows selected to study at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center will enroll either at Duke’s Master’s Program in International Development Policy (MIDP), or in UNC master’s programs under various relevant departments and schools (for details see the Academics page).
The joint Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center takes advantage of the best faculty, courses, resources and technology that each university offers. All of our Fellows have access to these resources on both campuses. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are located within 10 miles of one another, and both border the Research Triangle Park, home to internationally renowned research facilities and corporations. The area has been ranked as one of the best places in America for living, working and for education by a number of national publications.
Established in 1793, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university in the United States. It figures prominently in assessments and rankings centered on national academic leadership within research funding, excellence of programs, affordability and diversity. Here are some highlights:
• Ranked 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs as ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine for 13 consecutive years.
• Ranked 5th best public university and #29 among all American universities by U.S. News & World Report (2011 edition).
• Ranked 42nd among 500 universities included in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual list produced and posted online by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
• Ranked 43rd among the world’s top 400 universities in 2011-2012, according to the London-based Times Higher Education magazine.
Duke University is a major center for learning and research, and has consistently ranked among the top 10 colleges and universities in the United States in recent years.
• Ranked 10th best university among all American universities by U.S. News & World Report (2011 edition).
• Ranked 35th among 500 universities included in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual list produced and posted online by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
• Ranked 22nd among the world’s top 400 universities in 2011-2012, according to the London-based Times Higher Education magazine.
The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center is jointly managed by the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives. The Center maintains an office on each campus, in order to serve our students and faculty at both locations. In addition to providing academic and cultural support to the fellows, the Center organizes additional seminars and events throughout the academic year.
The Center is served by two Faculty Directors, who represent each campus:
• From Duke: Catherine Admay, Visiting Professor of Public Policy Studies
• From UNC: Peggy Bentley, Associate Dean for Global Health and Associate Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Disease at UNC
The daily management of the Center is handled by Managing Director Susan Carroll and Program Assistant Amy Cole. You can read more about the Center’s staff here.