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Houston Schools Find International Partner To Develop Global Graduates

Exchange programs are likely one part of the new formal partnership between HISD and Taipei.

Louis Huang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, spoke at the announcement of a formal partnership between Taipei's Department of Education and HISD.
Louis Huang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, spoke at the announcement of a formal partnership between Taipei’s Department of Education and HISD.

Just like the world economy, education is going global. That means more international partnerships among school systems, starting with last week’s formal deal between Taipei and the largest district in Texas.

At the announcement, Houston school leaders said they want their graduates to be “global citizens.” 

“They must possess things like creativity, critical-thinking skills, leadership, cooperation – some of the quote-unquote soft skills that employers and colleges are saying that in today’s world they must possess,” said Andrew Houlihan, chief academic officer with the Houston Independent School District.

HISD’s new partner is the Department of Education in Taipei, the capital of the island nation of Taiwan, just east of China.

“Through cooperation, I believe our cities can help each other, to respond to those challenges even more effectively,” said Louis Huang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston. Huang said that they also want global graduates and promote bilingualism in early education.

“Early bilingual education will enhance these students’ competitiveness in the international economy. The Department of Education has also taken steps to expand international exchange programs for senior high school and vocational school students,” Huang said.

Exchange programs are likely one part of the new formal partnership between HISD and Taipei. They could also share coursework and teaching methods and promote cultural awareness.

“I am truly honored to partner with Taipei in this agreement and proud to join building a richer, more robust educational experience for the children in each of our respective countries,” said HISD Trustee Greg Meyers.

 

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Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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