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Taiwanese Cadets Tour Harris County Jail

This month, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) welcomed cadets from Taiwan's Central Police University (CPU).

For two weeks, these aspiring law enforcement officers—40 in total—learned from instructors at UHD's Criminal Justice Training Center and members of Houston's public safety community (Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety among others). 

On Jan. 23, the CPU cadets paid their first visit to an American detention center. They toured Harris County Jail facilities including its processing center and mental health center.

The cadets' visit was made possible by The Bayou Connection led by its director Dr. Hsiao Ming Wang, professor of criminal justice and assistant director Dr. Judith Harris, assistant professor of criminal justice.

Thanks to the Bayou Connection, more than 300 students have visited UHD and Houston during the past decade. Likewise, Wang and other UHD delegates have ventured to Taiwan and other countries to meet with law enforcement and higher education administrators. Among the recent visits to Taiwan was a trip undertaken by Wang, UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz; Vice President for Advancement & University Relations Johanna Wolfe, and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management & Registrar.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.