UHD, Australian University Partnership to Provide Student Exchange Opportunities
By Mark Kramer
University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) students now have even more opportunities to study and intern abroad.
UHD and Edith Cowan University (ECU), located in Perth, Australia, recently entered into a memorandum of understanding that will provide expanded educational exchange opportunities for students at both institutions. Signing the official agreement were UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz and ECU Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Arshad Omari.
“This partnership is going to provide excellent opportunities,” Muñoz said. “When students are able to travel abroad as part of their education, it enhances their learning experiences.”
The UHD Office of Study Abroad will be overseeing the exchange program with ECU. For the past several years, UHD has offered a variety of international education programs.
“We are excited about our new relationship with UH-Downtown,” Omari said. “Our campuses are and very diverse. I can see the collaboration between us evolving in the future.”
Omari noted that he was impressed by UHD’s ESports facilities for students and cybersecurity course offerings. “Our campus has one of the top rated cybersecurity programs,” he said. “Gaming has become popular internationally and there are endless possibilities in the area of ESports. We looking forward to building our connections and growing together.”
Ali Maghoo, UHD’s associate director for the Office of Study Abroad, said this exchange program will provide many benefits.
“Students will be able to learn a different culture and make connections that will benefit them not only personally, but as they enter their careers,” Maghoo said. “It is certainly an experience that can have direct and positive impact personally and gives them the opportunity to make them global citizens.”
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.