Taiwanese Police Cadets Arrive At UHD
By Cynthia Gonzales
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) welcomed 40 Taiwanese police cadets recently and will serve as the site to exchange international ideas on law enforcement in January.
The cadets and two professors from Central Police University (CPU) of Taiwan will spend two weeks learning about police work from the experts at UHD's Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC). These students will learn from Houston Police Department officers, as well as CJTC instructors. They also will visit the HPD Academy and the Houston Fire Department.
UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz addressed the cadets during a campus welcome ceremony.
“It’s an honor to have you here and I hope you enjoy your stay,” said Muñoz, “It’s very important to me that we have a very strong relationship with CPU and Taiwan.”
The collaboration serves as the heart of UHD's Bayou Connection, a program connecting the University with institutions in Taiwan. Since Bayou Connection's inception more than a decade ago, nearly 300 students have ventured to Houston to hone their policing skills at UHD and in Houston.
Leading the Bayou Connection are UHD Criminal Justice professors director Hsiao-Ming Wang and assistant director Judith Harris.
Classes and lectures will focus on a variety of topics including criminology, crisis intervention, fitness and wellness, crash investigations and firearms.
Students will also attend several field trips during the two-week program including visiting the U.S. Coast Guard, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Museum District and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The cadets will formally receive graduation certificates on Jan. 25.
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.