The photos in this article reflect the events taking place in the University of Houston Downtown, the University of Houston and Rice University. It was a busy week in the Houston university system and the week ahead promises to be just as busy and memorable. Here are some highlights:
- Professor Stephen Kleinburg and Taiwan's Ambassador, Daniel T.C. Liao will address topics of major concern to the the greater Harris County, Houston, Texas area at the University of Houston Downtown this week.
- University of Houston designer Juan Jimenez was awarded first prize of $3,000 by the International Housewares Association in their Student Design Contest. He will feature his Smart Measure spoon utensil at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this week. This is a great achievement for Jimenez and a proud moment for the University of Houston.
- The University of Houston Downtown joined with METRO in celebrating the early completion and reopening of the Main Street Bridge. The bridge was under construction in order to improve METRO's historic light rail system, which extends from UHD to Houston's world-class cultural district and hospital systems. The bridge was completed and reopened ahead of schedule and represents a significant development for the City of Houston and UHD.
- UHD's world-class Powerlifting team of eight students participated in events at Texas A&M University and came away with plenty of bragging rights, including five individual championships, two runner-up finishes and one third place finish.
- Rice University announced its partnership with edX to offer global online courses. The University has agreed to offer online course offerings as part of edX.org's not-for-profit online learning program known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Rice University already has agreements in place for course offerings through Coursera, the company who pioneered the MOOC concept of free online education for college students. The University's agreement with edX marks a second open platform for the offering of free courses. The University's first MOOC was highly successful, drawing more than 80,000 registered students.