China’s Ministry of Education has granted Duke University final approval to establish a campus in Kunshan, the university announced on Monday.

The campus will enroll its first students next fall, after some setbacks that delayed its opening. The project has also faced scrutiny from Duke professors who raised concerns about its finances as well as academic freedom in China.

In its announcement, Duke said that more than 50 faculty members were planning to teach on the campus during its first two years of operation.

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