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)—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.