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UHD Celebrates 10th Class of Taiwanese Police University Students

Tuesday marked the end of a two-week study abroad experience for about 20 visiting students from Taiwan's Central Police University, an initiative supported by UHD and the Bayou Connection.

Throughout their visit, the students learned about the United States criminal justice system, toured dozens of major local attractions and attended classes in the College of Public Service. The students also engaged in an English language immersion experience sponsored by UHD's English Language Institute.

Students had the opportunity to tour the Houston Police Department Museum, learn from local police and firefighters, and attend a court hearing - all opportunities for them to gain a better understanding of the U.S. justice system. There was plenty of fun, as well. Students competed in a treasure hunt in the downtown tunnel system, visited the Texas Capitol building in Austin, and took silly photos at San Antonio's River Walk. Along with learning work-related English terms, they also picked up some English colloquialisms, like "keep the ball rolling."

The Bayou Connection was established in 2002 by professor Hsiao-Ming Wang and former dean Beth Pelz in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. The initiative is an effort to create new opportunities for educational exchange between Taiwan and the United States.

At this week's graduation luncheon, University president Bill Flores thanked the students for their service and invited them to return to UHD for continued studies. After each student was presented with a certificate of completion, the group showed a slideshow they made, featuring photos and quotes from the trip, ending with the message, "Our time in Houston was full of much learning and happy memories."