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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.