Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces “Houston-Taiwan University Friendship Day
As well as classroom discussions, the program also included activities for students to experience the local lifestyle of Texas. To encourage more educational exchanges, Mayor Sylvester Turner of the City of Houston declared July 18th as Houston–Taiwan University Friendship Day. When making the proclamation, Mayor Turner welcomed the Taiwanese student delegation to Houston. He stated that the delegation’s visit strengthened the bonds between the people of Houston and Taiwan. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston and the University of St. Thomas’s efforts to connect people together have been beneficial for Houston’s vibrant diversity, economy, and international standing. Houston and Taipei are each other’s oldest sister city: they share common values and have actively promoted cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, culture, education, and tourism for several decades.
The twelve outstanding students from Wenzao University and Chia Nan University undertook their trip on a Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) Teaching Excellence Grant, designed to broaden the horizons of Taiwan’s young people. These young scholars also successfully played the role of student ambassadors. As their trip came to a close, they realized that it was the end of one journey but also the beginning of a new chapter of their lives, as world citizens.
Photo：Front row, left to right: Mr. John Wang from Wenzao University, Dr. Hans Stockton from the University of St. Thomas, Professor Ingrid Chang from Chia Nan University, Dr. Yeh Yao-Yuan from the University of St. Thomas, with the student delegation.