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Closing Ceremony for Taiwanese Exchange Students

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On Friday, Jan. 27, the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD) conducted a closing ceremony to commemorate Central Police University (CPU) exchange students.

This group is the 12th class from CPU and consists of three graduates in fire science and 22 undergraduates across nine departments, including police administration, criminal investigation, traffic science, fire science, maritime police, information management, public security, foreign affairs police, and law.

During the past two weeks, they’ve studied English at UHD’s English Language Institute, visited the Houston Police Department (HPD) Academy, HPD’s Northeast Station, Fire Station 8, City Court, other criminal justice institutions in Houston, and exposed themselves to America culture by watching NBA games, shopping at malls and outlets, and eating Texas-size steaks. Students even made a 10-minute video to vividly highlight their unique journey in Houston.

UHD Interim Provost Ed Hugetz presided this ceremony and shared a few encouraging words.

“I have witnessed your energetic study at UHD, and I wish this learning experience will benefit your future career, “said Hugetz. He also highly commended Hsiao-Ming Wang, professor of criminal justice and director of Bayou Connection, for his valuable facilitation of this successful exchange program.

Pin-Ping Hsieh, a graduate in fire science, gave her appreciation to Wang on behalf of all CPU students.

“Without the help of Professor Wang, we would not be able to experience and learn so much about the difference between the American criminal justice system and that of Taiwan,” Hsieh said. “If there is a chance, I would definitely like to visit UHD again.”

Wun-Xin You, an undergraduate in traffic science, also shared her learning experiences with those attending in the ceremony.

“The observations of SWAT team training and police car tactical driving are most impressive,” You said. “And the sounds of SWAT team’s grenade explosion and patrol car tires squeal still ticked my ears.”

Other attendants in the ceremony included Leigh Van Horn, dean of Public Service College; Barbara Belbot, chair of Criminal Justice Department; John Hudson, director of Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Elizabeth Huskin, assistant director of International and Study Abroad Programs; Gail Kellersberg, director of English Language Institution, Yintso Lin, deputy director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston; Elissa Chung, education coordinator of TECO-Houston, and Chien-Hwa Tang, executive volunteer of Bayou Connection.