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) 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.