Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces “Houston-Taiwan University Friendship Day

PHOTO: (front row left to right) Mr. John Wang of Wenzao University, Dr. Hans Stockton of University of St. Thomas, Professor Ingrid Chang of Chia Nan University, Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh of University of St. Thomas and the student delegation pose for a photo

The University of St. Thomas held its 7th Annual American & Global Studies Colloquium from July 15 to 29, 2017. A student delegation of 12 people led by Mr. John Wang of Wenzao University and Professor Ingrid Chang of Chia Nan University from Taiwan was proud to take part in this two-week workshop in Houston.

Not only did the program include classroom discussions, but also activities for students to experience the local lifestyle of Texas. To encourage more educational exchanges, Mayor Sylvester Turner of the City of Houston announced July 18th as Houston-Taiwan University Friendship Day. In his proclamation, Mayor Turner welcomes the Taiwanese student delegation to Houston. He also states that the delegation’s visit strengthens 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 in connecting people together have been beneficial for Houston’s vibrant diversity, economy and international standing. As each other’s oldest sister city, Houston and Taipei share common values and have actively promoted cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, culture, education and tourism for several decades.

To broaden the horizons of Taiwanese youth, the Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) Teaching Excellency Grant sponsored 12 outstanding students from Wenzao University and Chia Nan University to undertake the trip. These young scholars not only completed the mission given by the MOE, they also successfully played the role of student ambassadors. As the trip came to a close, they knew it was not the end of the journey but the beginning of a new chapter awaiting their entrance as a worldly citizen of the globe.

PHOTO: The Proclamation presented by Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner states Houston-Taiwan University Friendship Day