About Duke University

Tracing its origins to 1838, Duke University has evolved into one of the world's leading institutions for education, research and patient care. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is comprised of two major organizations: Duke University and Duke University Health System.

About Duke University Health System

Duke University Health System is a world-class health care network dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat disease through biomedical research.

About Duke and the Durham Community

Duke is actively engaged with its neighbors throughout Durham to build and maintain a vibrant and dynamic community. Through such efforts as the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, Duke is working with local communities to improve the quality of life and boost student achievement. Duke also supports opportunities for students and staff to perform community service in Durham. In addition, members of the community can participate in more than 300 continuing education courses offered through Duke, including writers' workshops, summer camps and information technology training.

Living in the Triangle

Surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped woodlands and gardens, Duke University boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is one of three municipalities, along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, that form the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.

Duke Recognized as a 'Best Employer'

For years, Duke has ranked among the best institutions in the country for students and patients as a top university and hospital with some of the best graduate programs. Now, Duke's name is cropping up on prestigious lists that represent a different constituency — the more than 30,000 faculty and staff at Duke. Duke has been named as a best place to work by several publications and organizations, including Carolina Parent, Computerworld, The Scientist, and the American Association of Retired Persons, among others.

Duke's Values

Our institutional culture is built upon our history and values. Our shared values — respect, trust, inclusion, discovery and excellence—are more than aspirations. They are the beliefs and behaviors that we expect of ourselves and our colleagues.  These are the ideals that we must uphold in order to earn and maintain our reputation for quality and integrity, and to inspire confidence with each other, and the world which we both serve and rely on for our future viability. Our values dictate our conduct and drive our culture.