Duke University and Shangdong University (SDU) signed a five-year agreement in May 2012 to have five students annually from Taishan College at Shandong University come to Duke Physics for their junior year. Shandong University (SDU) is located in the city of Jinan, capital of Shandong province, about halfway between Beijing and Shanghai on the high-speed railway connecting the two cities.
Shandong University is one of the top universities in China. Taishan College is an honors college at SDU for students in natural sciences, and students are highly selective. The first group of five students arrived at Duke on August 17, 2012.
From left to right in the photo taken at the department annual picnic on August 25, 2012 are: Xiaqing Li (李夏卿), Xiaojun Yao (姚晓骏), Xiaomeng Jia (贾晓萌), Yuchen Zhao (赵雨辰), and Yajing Huang (黄雅靖).