Taiwanese Exchange Students Participate in UHD Writing Camps
The home of Taiwanese students participating in the University of Houston-Downtown’s recent Summer Camps might be worlds apart, but they share common ground in their love for writing like their American counterparts.
More than 60 students in the exchange program participated in the camp through a partnership with the Writers in the Schools (WITS) organization. The two weeks of activities focused on different creative writing themes.
“The camp allowed students from different cultures to connect over the creative writing process,” said G.V. Krishnan, director of the UHD Applied Business and Technology Center.
Leading the workshops at the camps were UHD professors and instructional staff and experienced WITS writers.
Krishnan said during the camps he saw both the local and Taiwanese students grow more confident in their writing abilities.
Ninth grade Taiwanese student Sharon Chou said she greatly benefitted from the camp. “I learned how to open up my imagination and learned how to set my creativity free in my writing,” she said.
WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler noted that the mix of students contributed to learning opportunities that go beyond writing.
“We encouraged students to learn from each other’s stories, and Houston’s diverse community provided a perfect environment to welcome Taiwanese students,” Reagler said.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.