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Zayed University CEO Lubna Al Qasimi (no image)
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  1. Utile (14)

    « avoid at all costs »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Dubaï
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 8 ans

    Avantages

    some nice students, nice buildings....

    Inconvénients

    Too many to mention here, have a look at previous reviews and it says it all. Hopeless management, completely authoritarian with no questions asked - please avoid if you have any sense of self-worth or an opinion on how things should be done. Your experience and knowledge is not needed here, just kowtow to the deans and you will be fine. Most good people have either left or got fired because they had the guts to... stand up and fight, those left, well they are the dregs and probably couldn't get a job with the stain on ZU on their cv. Psychology, one of the most popular majors has been completely decimated by incompetent admins, the best faculty left or are now leaving and what is left leaves much to be desired. Faculty who take on admin roles are terrified that if they return to faculty they will be fired for lack of collegiality. You seriously need to leave your morals at the door when entering the doors of ZU.

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    Conseils à la direction

    I know they read this whenever there is a new review so HI! Advice: stop spending your time and energy removing bad reviews and just make ZU a better place to work... it was once a place to be proud, now it is, as one review called it Woe & Misery... if only people could give it 0 out of 5 instead of the baseline 1 perhaps the management would finally realise that people are not happy - the Emirati staff are not... happy either!

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    Zayed University2019-04-21
  2. Utile (8)

    « Web of Lies »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Dubaï
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Nice grounds and parking lot; some nice students and colleages.

    Inconvénients

    Just don't work there -- really. Don't trust the positive reviews.

    Conseils à la direction

    Repent

    Zayed University2018-08-10
  3. Utile (9)

    « No faculty governance »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    The vast majority of my students are great! Most are committed to working to make the UAE the best country in the world. When properly engaged, they are inquisitive and focused. Great faculty around the university. The cohort model used during orientation for new faculty creates bonds amongst faculty in different departments that are lasting. Great country! The UAE is probably the best country in the world,... albeit not without problems. Minimal taxes and housing allowances create competitive salaries and quality lifestyles. Fair online library with easy access to full text journals and e-books. Great modern environment and smart classrooms.

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    Inconvénients

    Currently (2017) no longer any faculty input into decision making. All decisions, including curricular, are made by the deans and one elected faculty member from each campus. No job security. Any contract can be, and they often are, cancelled with 6 months notice, no reason needed. If you are not Emirati, you will have to leave some day (but you know that coming in) Heavy teaching loads (4-4) with minimal release... time for research or administrative duties. Research expectations inconsistent with high teaching loads A lot of last minute 'hurry up and do this'. This is often coupled with... A lot of time invested in projects requested by admin who then just seem to lose interest or move into a different direction so the work is no longer needed. All sections of a course must use identical syllabi, textbooks, content and assessments. Most faculty underestimate our students' abilities and I often hear talk about 'dumbing things down' for the students, which is offensive Tensions between Abu Dhabi faculty and Dubai faculty.

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    Conseils à la direction

    Stop your top-down control of the educational components of the university. Embrace faculty input. Tell the truth and be more transparent. Provide a minimal sense of job security by not terminating contracts except for legitimate (and stated) cause. Put money into study abroad opportunities for our students. Increase funding for students to present their research internationally. Make it easier for guest speakers... to come to campus (I could have the same person lecture to my class using distance technology without anyone's approval but I wanted them to lecture in person, I would have to go through a lengthy process to get approval).

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    Zayed University2017-12-16
  4. Utile (22)

    « Toxic Environment of Despair »

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    Ancien employé - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Ne recommande pas
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    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus de 8 ans

    Avantages

    Was once a great university a couple of years ago. Nothing is great anymore as there is no sense of direction nor purpose, and no positive atmosphere left.

    Inconvénients

    Chronic stress and panic because of fear-based management approaches applied across all levels from top to bottom. Excessive bullying and shouting. Lack of transparency and zero meaningful communication resulting in a lot of distrust and anxiety everywhere. Stagnant salaries and benefits packages that have fallen way short of the rapidly rising costs of living over the past several years. Disillusionment of having... to say goodbye to the most inspirational and experienced of colleagues year on year and seeing student numbers plummet drastically. Despair among those remaining who see all the empty offices of their ex-colleagues and all the empty chairs in the classrooms on a daily basis.

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    I have nothing to say to management, who never listened and never will listen.

    Zayed University2017-07-14
  5. Utile (30)

    « Worst of the Worst in the World, and Only Getting Worse »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Dubaï
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    Some colleagues nice, and some are completely insane and backstabbing. Students can be nice but are also grade grubbers and entitled. Cafeteria food is not bad and a good price.

    Inconvénients

    Some things management and HC may not tell you during your interview or before you arrive: no true sabbaticals, no tenure, absurd service load with no compensation, super entitled students, no raises, no promotion (unless you're connected), institutionalized discrimination based on home country, race, religion and ethnicity, faculty and staff compelled to lie when accreditors come on campus or they can be arrested,... endless meetings to rubber stamp decisions already made by Emirati administration, zero educational standards, loads of bureaucracy and entangled paper/digital trails, library resources are a joke, and campus smells like a morgue. Housing used to be paid for by the university but now switching to cash for housing, but the allowance is pitiful for the UAE rental markets. You will need to find your own affordable housing in a country with zero legal protection for renters. Good luck!

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    ZU management is useless. Ultimate problem is at the ministry level where the bureaucrats are clueless, lazy, authoritarian and undereducated. There's no hope for improvement so don't come to ZU unless you want to go insane. Anyone with the hope to find a job elsewhere is looking but the university's plummeting reputation makes it harder every year.

    Zayed University2017-05-31
  6. Utile (28)

    « It's Not a University; It's a Trap and a Prison »

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    Ancien employé - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue négatif
    N'approuve pas le PDG

    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    Some nice colleagues as most embrace a siege mentality banding together to persevere against a vicious, prejudiced and discriminatory senior administration and federal bureaucracy.

    Inconvénients

    You will be treated as disposable garbage as a faculty member (and that includes senior faculty such as full professors in the senior colleges). You will be discriminated against if you are not of Arab ancestry (and Gulf Arabs ascend the highest pedestal without reproach or accountability), receiving higher salaries and preferential treatment. Non-Arab Muslims treated just as poorly as non-Muslim expats so don't... expect that to help. Senior administration and federal bureaucracy seek to Arabize the university through ethnic cleansing. Each year for the past three years, over 10% of the faculty quits, but administration is happy to see them go and makes zero effort to retain non-Arab faculty. Student enrollment is down. The budget is being slashed with cuts to health benefits, housing, technology, conference travel, etc. All faculty expected to be on campus four days per week with six hours of office hours, plus many more hours of service and senseless committees. Don't even think of getting any serious research done at ZU. Surveillance cameras everyone on campus creates an Orwellian atmosphere of fear. Age discrimination as faculty nearing 60 years old only receive one-year contracts as a matter of federal policy. Rampant cheating among the students as the administration turns a blind eye; ZU is a diploma mill for Emiratis. Onerous and expensive attestation and equivalency processes for expats, along with HIV and TB tests upon arrival on campus to insult you as untrustworthy and dirty. The President of the university (who is a shaikha) does not have a PhD or any experience in higher education so the institution is haphazardly and chaotically mismanaged with no innovation or vision.

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    The management don't care so advice to prospective faculty: Don't go unless you're absolutely desperate for a job. You will hurt your career, and having ZU on your CV will make it harder for you to get your next position. The university's reputation is rock-bottom as faculty try to leave but find it hard to get a new position with ZU's loathsome lodestone weighing on them. ZU is a trap and a prison from which you... will find it very difficult to escape. And after all the budget cuts and hidden fees/taxes, you won't save much money anyway.

    Dérouler
    Zayed University2016-08-01
  7. Utile (33)

    « Dysfunction at it's finest »

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    Ancien employé - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue négatif

    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein

    Avantages

    Not. One. Thing. Hopefully prospective applicants will stop at glassdoor first and avoid this farce of a university at all costs.

    Inconvénients

    The university has completely collapsed in the past few years. Claims that the university’s problems are due to staff shortages from unprecedented growth and faculty discontent stems from expats not understanding the culture are simply lies. Do your research - the previous president went on a rampage and was fired, or rather silently moved to another plush government job. In the aftermath, incompetent... administrators continue to literally rip everything apart in an attempt to placate higher powers who obviously don’t know what they want. Administrators, deans, chairs, and managers are mostly unqualified puppets barking orders and have absolutely no understanding how to manage people, let alone run a university. They are now hiring anyone with a pulse so don’t expect anything to get better. The quality of the undergraduates is atrocious; indifferent and ill-prepared students who blatantly cheat and plagiarize. The courses I taught were continually “dumbed down” so everyone could pass. These programs cannot even be compared to real accredited degrees. In fact, they don’t even measure up to high school diplomas. I’m amazed that they’ve been able to hang on to accreditation, but according to all the rumors, seriously doubt they have done so legitimately. Pay and benefits have seriously eroded and have not kept up with the high cost of living in the UAE. Forget savings, especially if you have children, as school fees subsidies no longer cover costs. The tyrannical push for faculty to publish research to improve rankings is comical, especially given that NO support is offered. I was personally embarrassed to affiliate myself with this “university”. Colleagues tended to fly under the radar and managed to do the minimal amount possible out of fear or indifference. Morale is low and the environment is toxic. The human resource department is extremely dysfunctional probably because, like most departments, they can’t keep competent people from leaving.

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    Keep posting those fake positive reviews since lying will definitely save your reputation. Can’t say it better than a previous reviewer: “Shut it down. This place is such a joke the "honest" thing to do would be to pass out diplomas at the door. That's all they're worth.”

    Zayed University2016-02-11
  8. Utile (13)

    « University College is extremely poor but other colleges are fine to work for »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Dubaï
    Ne recommande pas
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Generally good benefits and housingl allowance. International faculty, sweet students and a good lifestyle. Liberal country with good facilities for leisure and entertainment. Long holidays. Very good for single female faculty due to the safe, conservative environment.

    Inconvénients

    It is very hit and miss in terms of which college you want work for. College of Business, Academic Bridge program and College of Arts and Sciences are generally well managed with competent deans, associates and assistants, and satisfied faculty. University College as others have mentioned suffers from endemic lack of any sort of experienced or competent management. This has resulted in an ineffective and fearful... faculty through bullying management who are in serious need of restraint by senior managers and board members. Now that students are also complaining about University College managers and newly recruited faculty, high level managers need to intervene.

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    Ensure parity of management skills, experience, competence, and abilities across all colleges. Regularly review deans' performances in a more serious and realistic way which provides consequences for poor behaviour and performance. Provide support and training for poorly performing assistant and associate deans, with a detailed and comprehensive set of targets for improvement. Take seriously complaints from... faculty, students and other sources about individual deans and managers. Provide the worst offenders with limited notice and expedient dismissal.

    Dérouler
    Zayed University2015-02-07
  9. « An excellent university to work: Great faculty, staff and students! »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Zayed University is a great place to work. I only teach women (love the gender segregated classes!), and I find them to be highly motivated, curious and bright. Since few of the women will ever need to work for financial reasons, they pursue education out of a desire to give back to their country and to be role models for their children. The faculty and staff are very collegial and supportive--from the provosts to... the administrative support staff. The salaries are higher than almost any other country in the world (Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the only ones that pay better and have better benefits, like transportation allowances), the free accommodations are excellent (huge villas for families and spacious 2 bedroom flats for singles), and travel for conferences is generous (full airfare, hotel and other travel expenses). It is easy to get internal research grants up to $30,000 (USD) and external grants from the government up to $1 million (USD). Unlike some universities in the Arab Gulf, Zayed University strives to retain good faculty; promotion policies are clear and realistic. The facilities are great, too. UAE nationals receive free tuition for all levels of college education and if they flunk out, they lose this benefit. Flunking out of college brings shame not only on the student, but on the family as well, so students are highly motivated to succeed.

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    Inconvénients

    if you are not from the region, you must come with cultural humility. This is not the west and one must be willing to recognise that just because things may work differently here than the west, doesn't mean they are wrong or that your culture is better. The biggest negative is that ZU seems to be consistently understaffed and this often means higher teaching loads (typical is 21 credits per year). But, with higher... teaching loads, research expectations are low (one journal article a year). One must be comfortable with family being the priority, ambiguity and a slower pace of life (the women even walk slower than in the west). Patience, flexibility and an open mind are the keys to success here.

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    Conseils à la direction

    My only advise to management would be to hire more faculty and staff. The university can afford to have enough faculty so that professors can have enough release time to pursue research. Zayed University has some incredibly talented and dedicated faculty who could be much more productive with their scholarship if staffing levels allowed lower teaching loads. Also, continue to hold students to high standards so the... ZU degree is respected.

    Dérouler
    Zayed University2014-12-20
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    « HR is a disgrace! »

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    Employé actuel - Associate Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    Even optimistic people find it hard to find anything positive with here at the moment. Watching good colleagues not get renewed or get only partially renewed in the last contract cycle marked a new low for the university. It is not surprising, however, given the incompetence of the management.

    Inconvénients

    the HR department is the worst aspect of the university. it is not possible to hire new people due to HR messing up interviews and being rude to potential new employees. the staff have a very bad attitude. housing allowances are meager (not of course to the management!). there is no understanding that employees are really struggling financially now the uAE economy is in free fall. the entire department should go.

    Conseils à la direction

    get rid of your HR department immediately if you want the faculty to return in the new year!

    Zayed University2014-12-19
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