The ONLY blog that tells the unalloyed truth about HCT in the UAE!
They pay on time, while providing free humiliation, stress and cockroach-infested slave quarters for free.But far and away the best thing is payment of flights out of there every summer! Especially now since the Ramadan silliness happens then and can be avoided in full!
What's there to defend?I am already laughing and guessing that the passage will be full of illusions and misconceptions, hahaha.But then again I wonder if the author is a new hire just for this job. After all, it is time HCT hired a PR to fix its image, instead of wasting its money on fake appearances.
Let us face it, the posters who accuse HCT and its management of nefarious practices need to blame themselves for seeking the HCT to work as teachers, which does say that they were desperate for jobs, and could not get jobs in their own countries. They made their decisions to work for the Arabs in their own country.There is an old English saying: "If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas"Hence swallow hard, and move on.
Haw-haw! This I just gotta see!!
It is false that HCT teachers couldn't (or can't) get jobs in their own countries. Unless the HCT is admitting that they would only hire second (or third) best? I was on an international career tour, seeing a bit of the world, and the path eventually led from E Asia to the HCT as the salary was nice and I thought it might be an interesting place to see.Having departed from the torture of that harsh and nasty place, I am now a prof in a quality, state run, USA research university.So stop spreading that falsehood you dirty Arabs!
You have now seen a bit of the world-that is Arab world, and I did that too and did not end up in HCT. The key words are" the salary is nice", what plonkers they fall for this! Who said Yankees are good any way?You were not second best and was lower than that. Prof in a state run university in USA? Which university? What is your subject area? Americans call every body a professor.
Anyone who says HCT is a nice workplace is just as corrupt as those people who run it. HCT is not about Arabs. It is a culture of its own, a culture of fear, dog eat dog, and blame game. A culture created not just by Arabs, Indians or middle easterners, but also by corrupt westerners. Many times good hearted people come to HCT, but soon learn the culture. In order to survive they are faced with choices - to keep your head down, leave or become corrupt. Those who choose to become corrupt over leaving are the ones who cannot find jobs elsewhere and try their best to hold on to their positions until they themselves taste their own medicin. So, those who blame faculty for being incompetent are themselves incompetent to see the truth and the corruption. I have never seen so much corruption in any educational institution in my 25+ years of service at different educational institutions in different parts of the world.
Very well said August 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM.
To August 5, 2013 at 7:33 PMIt was your choice to go there. You could not find a job to hold onto in your country and hence you landed in HCT. Blame yourself.
Yes, everyone makes a bad choice. That does not mean HCT shines. This blog did not exist for most of us to see. How was one supposed to know the corruption at HCT when it tries so hard and spends a fortune to hide the truth? Just go check their websites. It is polished with lies. You cannot know their true color unless you have an account with them and log in to their websites. So, making a bad choice is not a mistake, and certainly does not justify the cruel treatment of those good people who are there to educate people.Ah then again, HCT is not about educating people, it is about their ego, which you only learn once you are in, and not before making that choice.
It is very ignorant to assume that everyone here could not find jobs in their own country. I am not an English teacher from UK or north America. I can find a job at HCT and anywhere in north America. Choosing HCT was a mistake, but you cannot blame the victim for being raped just because she was at the wrong place.
Exactly, I can get a job in nearly any country in the world, and have proven so by having done it! There is NO WAY AT ALL that the HCT salary is worth the pain and suffering! Better to avoid that shithole and all of its evil ways!
To August 5, 2013 at 11:52 PMYou are giving a silly excuse for being a lackey and the hence moved toHCT where you failed.
"Exactly, I can get a job in nearly any country in the world, and have proven so by having done it! There is NO WAY AT ALL that the HCT salary is worth the pain and suffering!"But you went to that shit hole and got submerged up to your neck in the shit. Now you are talking, not before you went there!!
"It is very ignorant to assume that everyone here could not find jobs in their own country. I am not an English teacher from UK or north America. I can find a job at HCT and anywhere in north America. Choosing HCT was a mistake, but you cannot blame the victim for being raped just because she was at the wrong place"What a delirious prattle!! Yes, if you are well qualified and have skills, you could find a job in your own country. If you were a such a qualified person as you claim, you could have gone to the USA where you claim you could have got a job. UAE vs US and you still went to UAE. Your example shows how you delude yourself. You did not turn into a dark alley by mistake, but it takes month of preparing documentation and getting the work Visa to a country like UAE, and you are quoting this example!!Do you want us to believe you? Best to say, HCT was the only place you could go to given your poor educational background and skills. It is called honesty which you lack.
I can only laugh at your response above, since I know my PhD qualification is much better than yours, and yes I am in the US now working. When I was at HCT, my colleagues used to wonder what I was doing at HCT. And dont assume UAE is all but a bad place you ignorant. You delirous prattle yourself. You probably did not read other people's comments and mine elsewhere to make the connections, hence your qualifications - good only for HCT. Unlike you, anyone who has had a job in the real world would know what kind of shitty place HCT is.
For me (the state uni prof above), I chose to work internationally instead of the USA in order that I would be able to claim international work experience. It is a nice card to play.Now that I have that experience, I am back in the USA in a good job, and I find that people are typically amazed at my work experience.They say "Wow, Dubai"!! If they only knew what a shithole the UAE is! HA HA HA. But of course I leave them to their thoughts as it would only be to my disadvantage to tell them I was actually working in an evil shithole!
You are making a stupid point. If that makes you feel better while working at HCT, then you are only fooling yourself. I can only wish you good luck.
@To August 6, 2013 at 6:07 PMWhat a stupid person! Unlike you, I did not end up in UAE and HCT, and not anywhere out of the country; in fact I got my job in a top 15 university in my country, and am still working. You must have gone through a demeaning experience at HCT which was of course your fault. But you had no choice . I had. Live with it!!
" But of course I leave them to their thoughts as it would only be to my disadvantage to tell them I was actually working in an evil shithole"How far neck down you were placed in that shit hole? State University Professor now? But you did end up in that shit hole, and that matters!!Enjoy that recollection now!!!
To August 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM. If you have not worked at HCT and did not end up in the UAE, then why are you here?
"When I was at HCT, my colleagues used to wonder what I was doing at HCT"You should have told them that you were a lackey and lazy person and wanted a lazy life in HCT , collecting Tax-free Dollars, and would have been boasting about your PhD (which was not good enough to get you in a tenure track position in US) to give you a state of delusion! Looking at you in HCT kissing Arab asses just like them, they would have been thinking that PhD got you into the same cesspit with them, and must have been happy to note that there were plonkers like you whose PhD was not worth much any way.
To August 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM"If you have not worked at HCT and did not end up in the UAE, then why are you here?"Well, you guys provide nice anecdotes of how landing in HCT was not at all the fault of yours and did not reflect your inadequacies, but it was all the fault of Arabs and their shoe-lickers, forgetting that you too licked their shoes for your tax-free Dollars. None of you accepted that it was your poor educational background and lack of skills that landed you there in the HCT. You were not appointed at higher pay grades and positions, and were basically recruited as foot soldiers. It is a nice psychological study if one reads your comments. It provides plenty of material for my next conference paper!
Bits and pieces of comments do not make a conference paper.
That is your opinion. You keep it, and do not peddle it. You were a failure having landed in HCT like a brain dead!
This would be enough data for a fine paper in the UAE. In a different country with a tradition of academic rigour, on the other hand...
"In Defense of HCT" says this yank "Suede Oasis". Just look at the spelling of "Defense"-it is American spelling and no Brit, Aussie or Kiwi writes this spelling.Just profiling this "Suede Oasis": a Yank who is a failure in his country and in UAE, became compulsive and obsessive, just like that wacko in Waco, Texas , a crazed branch Davidian guy who caused such havoca decade ago, or like Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City, totally deranged guy who failed in his life in so many ways. Only Yanks will open a website like this and argue as though they do not have colleges like HCT in their land of opportunity. They have universities which open and close in a matter of months-one recently in California; they have colleges with weird faculty who brandish PhDs, but one often wonders how they got it. I can name a few dozens of these colleges.If "Suede Oasis" or any of the posters from the US, where more than 50% of the population do not have passports, were dumb enough to come to HCT because they could not make it in their country, they can hardly accuse HCT which is run for dumb Arabs, just like them. They should have solidarity with them.Keep posting guys. I am looking forwards to profiling you. Yes, I did not leave my country as I have a good job. but I know many Yanks who are failures. Where else would I read wackos posting, except in Waco, Texas!! Keep your posts coming!!!
Why all this anti-American sentiment. Go to any American consulate in the world and you'll find people lined up for miles waiting to get a residence visa. Why is that?The Yanks got to the moon and back 44 years ago, not because they were stupid.BTW, Which part of Europe do you come from, the part whose ass we kicked, or the part whose ass we saved, (twice). (WWI & WWII) 'nuff said
No, Aug 7 3:45, I think this a US-educated Gulf Arab. I can tell how he mixes the Brit and Yank and can't tell the difference.Hopefully we'll soon learn to keep assholes like him out of the west. His Krew have destroyed Denmark, the Netherlands, France and the UK. Enough is enough with this dangerous death-cult gang.
So, let me get this straight. I came to this blog to read about people's bad experiences at HCT, as it says it sucks. And all I find is the Brits scorning the Yankees and the Arabs, and another anonymous party blaming people for working at HCT. Historical differences aside, whose cause are you defending? By blaming the other, are you claiming that HCT sucks or shines? Attacking each other this way can only make HCT look good.
Yanks saved Europe? It is more like Roosevelt wanted his unemployment solved by shipping his men to fight. Yanks carted off all Nazi scientists who built rocket Von Braun included who sent the men to the moon. Some say it is filmed in Arizona desert-looking at the Armstrong shadow on the moon where shadow of humans do not get formed. What about Van Allen Belt?People queue up to go to US and these Yank queued up to go to UAE to kiss Arabs asses. You must be really desperate and should be ashamed.
YEAH, YEAH, you sent men to the moon 4 decades ago but why was no moon landing after that? Neil Armstrong hardly spoke about moon landing, no one answered about Van Allen Belt and the flimsy gear they wore.Yes, you went to Vietnam and Iraq and look at what you left there? Shias of Iraq and Iran now will make trouble. You created international terrorism where it did not exist before. Yes dumb Wubya went to Harvard, but the idiot was convinced Saddam had WMD, and AL QUEDA. Look what he opened up. We all judge you buy the standard of Wubya!BTW, when you Yanks were put into the grinding mill and your balls were crushed , no stealth fighters came, no Seventh Fleet or Seals? They go only to those countries which cannot fight back. Try China. They do not have to fight, but have to simply threaten to flood the market with the billions of Dollars they have, and you will start crying. Saved Europe? More like helping yourselves with those German scientists and engineers because you were dumb then and now with Barry Hussein- a Kenyan in the White House!! Only in America,Now, let us look at your situation. You went to UAE-I bet you had hard time finding it on a map knowing Yanks who have no sense of history or geography. You assumed, like every Yanks does that your bluster, accent and your assumed priority were enough to mask your poor education ans skills. You lackeys could not work 23 hours a week!! That says more about you. Nice profiles you have. Post more and more so that we can enjoy your ignorance, In 25 year you all have to learn Spanish in your country when Amigos take over. Nice thinking!!! Your standards are now reduced to Kardashians and plastic surgery for children right from they are 6 year old. Send more to Mars-oh, I meant Arizona desert for more photographs.
YEAH, YEAH, you sent men to the moon 4 decades ago but why was no moon landing after that? Neil Armstrong hardly spoke about moon landing, no one answered about Van Allen Belt and the flimsy gear they wore.Yes, you went to Vietnam and Iraq and look at what you left there? Shias of Iraq and Iran now will make trouble. You created international terrorism where it did not exist before. Yes dumb Wubya went to Harvard, but the idiot was convinced Saddam had WMD, and AL QUEDA. Look what he opened up. We all judge you buy the standard of Wubya!BTW, when you Yanks were put into the grinding mill and your balls were crushed , no stealth fighters came, no Seventh Fleet or Seals? They go only to those countries which cannot fight back. Try China. They do not have to fight, but have to simply threaten to flood the market with the billions of Dollars they have, and you will start crying. Saved Europe? More like helping yourselves with those German scientists and engineers because you were dumb then and now with Barry Hussein- a Kenyan in the White House!! Only in America,Now, let us look at your situation. You went to UAE-I bet you had hard time finding it on a map knowing Yanks who have no sense of history or geography. You assumed, like every Yank does that your bluster, accent and your assumed priority were enough to mask your poor education and skills. You lackeys could not work 23 hours a week!! That says more about you. Nice profiles you have. Post more and more so that we can enjoy your ignorance, In 25 years you all have to learn Spanish in your country when Amigos take over. Nice thinking!!! Your standards are now reduced to Kardashians and plastic surgery for children right from they are 6 year old. Send more to Mars-oh, I meant Arizona desert for more photographs. I like Tiger Woods when he flunks!
To August 7, 2013 at 8:11 AMHCT is already looking good, when people read what these dumb asses called teachers post, looking at their ignorance, their inadequacy andabove all their poor kills which made them to wilt under the Sun frying their balls. They would not last a month in a Western college. Their poor educational background was not good enough even for an Arab college. Good reading though!!
August 7, at 9:24 am. Why did HCT hire those teachers with poor educational background in the first place? Is there any fundemental change now in the higher management? All this seems contradictory to me.
And why is an Arab college considered to be substandard?
Arabs can hire cheap any one who could do the mundane work as teachers. It does not mean "suede Oasis" or the bunch of posters who whinge here should go to that desert country. It i a choice and these "teachers" were not forced to go there. Ask them why they went there?
"And why is an Arab college considered to be substandard?"If you mean the brick and mortar, it is not substandard. But in the wider sense of quality of students, it is no worse than some of the worst colleges that I have seen in the USA. Some one mentioned about moon landing and how their country is great, but they should also see the filth, deprivation and degradation in cities like Detroit and Chicago-you would easily mistake them as third world Bangladesh.The standard of a college is determined primarily by the quality of teachers which if good would attract good quality students even in UAE. These guys who were not good, and hence attracted like quality students and deserve the management they got.
The whole world knows Arabs are barbarians, and without the oil they would be time warped in the 10th Century AD, sitting among camels and camel dung. Only the desperate,dumb and unskilled Yanks and other Westerners who are fortunately in a minority -those who had misspent youth, would venture into the desert kingdom, and attempt to teach these thick headed younger bedouins who should have been spending their time among camels and their dung.
You guys are interesting subjects for study- I reckon you all suffer from a variation of: Münchausen syndrome by proxy, not found before. Keep posting.
Hmm, I do take exception to being called an 'obsessive', or when somebody accuses me of suffering from OCD, but I won't get obsessive about it!In fact, our semi-resident PhD poster appears to be the one suffering from 'scratched record syndrome'. Care to change your tune, doctor?So far you seem to be relying on scant evidence for your assertions, 'Doctor', so it's clear you're working off your prejudices here. Or have you actually published a paper on the rag-tag nature of 'under-educated' Western teachers in the Gulf?
HCT is hiring now of:Faculty (22)Managerial and Leadership (19)Professional Staff (12)Support Services (39)Adjunct Faculty (7)“ The HCT employs almost 2,000 staff from over 60 different countries. Working with the HCT exposes our employees to people and practices from around the world, thereby enriching our organizational culture. We also have a growing number of UAE Nationals in our employee ranks and Emiratization is an organizational priority.The HCT is at the leading edge of the UAE's drive to modernize and diversify the economy. Teaching methods and technology are the most modern available, support a learning by doing philosophy and focus on student achievement. The language of instruction is English; likewise, English is the language spoken within the management and administration of the organization. The working environment here is similar to what you would encounter in any major Western educational institution. A typical day depends on your position and which program you are in. The HCT is open from Sunday to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays serving as the weekend.Faculty For Faculty, teaching can take place between the hours of 7:30am and 9:00pm, though you may work different shifts depending on the classes you teach. Faculty members usually teach 20 classes per week and are expected to be at the college for at least 8 hours per day in order to instill good work habits in students and to be available if students require additional assistance.We seek to employ committed, quality professionals and offer a fixed term contract of typically 3 years with a competitive remuneration package that includes a tax-free salary, free accommodation, generous vacation allowances, relocation/commencement allowance, tuition assistance for eligible dependents, comprehensive medical coverage, annual air tickets for you and your family, plus a contract completion bonus. “
oh, "Suede Oasis", the yank has woken up! No one is more suffering from 'scratched record syndrome' than yourself Yank. Care to change your tune. After all, you landed in HCT of your own volition.
To August 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM and to all posters who think this blog is about how bad and incompetent HCT is:Suede Oasis falls in that third party who blames the good and qualified teachers who left HCT for no reason other than that HCT sucks.He just does not realize that he is beating his own purpose of this blog.
I do understand that there were some well qualified people who went to HCT for a taster or driven by a misconception and to earn quick tax-free bucks before they come and settle a a proper faculty in a university in their own country. These people left HCT after finding it not appropriate for them, cut loose their contracts and went back to their countries and since are settled very well.But the case of "Suede Oasis" and the majority of posters is very different. Their poor educational background, experience and skills meant that they were unable to get into any good college/university as faculty in their own countries, chose HCT for longer term stay assuming that their poor qualifications and poor work ethic were enough in this desert college and thought they could hoodwink the management through their Western accents,air of superiority and bluster to sustain their existence in HCT for longer periods. Their assumptions went badly wrong. "Suede Oasis" is an example where a Yank is over the edge of equilibrium, and became compulsive denier not accepting his inadequacies were causes of his failure at HCT. He had to be kicked out. He tries to rationalise his inadequacies, and blames HCT for all that went wrong. His mission is obsessive, He is fit as a subject for a psychiatric study.
I agree with "Suede Oasis falls in that third party who blames the good and qualified teachers who left HCT for no reason other than that HCT sucks.He just does not realize that he is beating his own purpose of this blog."Why would he otherwise attack the PhD poster who relinquished his 6 months pay to leave that hell?
The clue about “Suede Oasis” is here: “ I went to HCT with a plan to stay there for about 10 years”. This guy had a very chequered career in America often due to poor educational background, poor skills and poor work ethic. There are plenty of Yanks in this category and they are looking for foreign countries where they can simply push their way into landing a job for a longer time; the selection of UAE was as a result of HCT advertisements-the senior management of HCT had either American or British education and it was natural for the HCT to advertise in these countries. This guy planned 10 years tenure so that he could collect tax-free Dollars for 10 years with no need to improve his educational qualifications. He knew that on return he will not get job in his native country and the savings of tax-free Dollars would be enough to sustain him the rest of his life. He is angry now when his plan went wrong, and like a typical loser, he has been in constant denial that he is the the author of his own downfall brought about by poor education and poor work ethic. He is trying to gather around losers like him, smear HCT of all wrong doings ( funny, he went there on his own accord and denies any knowledge of HCT practices) and this attempt is his obsession.
To August 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM.It is the fault of the incompetent management and supervisors who could not distinguish those well qualified teachers from the bad apples. The supervisors are trained to wash every one with the same water.
Agree. But a blog like this muddies the issues. It is preventing these well qualified teachers mot of them are back in their countries, and yet who are interested in their attempts to clean up the HCT, and to rid of those who are the pollutants, right from the top A concerted effort with some good analyses and evidences would bear fruit. But "Suede Oasis", a "bad apple" at best in his inimitable cynical way is preventing this to happen. That would help any potential teachers who are repulsed by the HCT reputation and this alone could be used to put enough effort directing at those in higher positions-above the VC and Deputy VC of the necessityfor the clean up of the "Cleaning the Augean stables. At the highest level this is slowly being realized.
It is amazing how the HCT management can detect and then promote the sociopaths who work there. The non-sociopaths are left to suffer under their uncompromising, unethical and unprincipled rule.The examples are innumerable. Take any chair, such as the greasy, combative pig Gallant, the white person-hating Dr. Grace at Sharjah (Doctorate from the University of Phoenix!!!) and the profoundly obnoxious Emirati, Sultan at CERT (a complete buffoon if ever there was one!!!). The list goes on and on...
Add to that list the unknowing Johnson Thomas, the chair of maths and engineering depts at ADWC.
Actually, doctorate from the University of Phoenix is recognised by proper universities in the US. Just giving you the fact!
To August 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM and anyone who is motivated to clean up the HCT.Is anyone up for administering a new blog called: "Clean Up HCT"?I would have done it myself, but I am out of there, not able to closely monitor the "bad apples".
Yeah, the Uni of Phoenix is a real top-notch place!!! Where there's smoke, there's fire!!! Just like at the HCT!!!There are millions of hits on a search for the U of P, but Wikipedia provides us with a base understanding:"The University of Phoenix has been regionally accredited since 1978 by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In February 2013, a peer review group recommended to the HLC that the university be put on probation because the University of Phoenix "has insufficient autonomy relative to its parent corporation." On May 9, 2013, the Apollo Group filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission which stated that the HLC Institutional Actions Council First Committee (“IACFC”) had recommended to the HLC that the university retain its regional accreditation, but that the university be placed on "notice" for two years. Their concerns center on the university's governance, student assessment, and faculty scholarship in relation to PhD programs. The final decision will be determined on June 27, 2013, and sent to the university in the weeks thereafter. On July 10, 2013 Apollo Group Inc. announced that HLC renewed University of Phoenix accreditation through 2023 and placed on "notice" for two-years.Some individual colleges within the University of Phoenix hold specialty accreditation or are pre-accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. School of Business – accreditation through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Because Phoenix's business programs are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), some companies will not provide tuition reimbursement for employees attending Phoenix."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Phoenix
Key line above - "Their concerns center on the university's governance, student assessment, and faculty scholarship in relation to PhD programs."Nice one!!
I would love to hear what Kelly McCaw, SHCT HR Guru extraordinaire, is going to do now that her paramour Dr. Farid has been given the shove overboard. I imagine that she isn't really qualified to hold an HR role, rather just hold the Director's "member" to "get ahead"!Similar for "Dr. Ged". He is on extremely thin Emiratisation ice, but still skating! Quite an extraordinary story that!
Only plonkers believe Wikipedia, not considered having provenance in any of the top universities in the world!That shows the standard of the Faculty involved with HCT!!
Yes, Wikipedia is as trustworthy as "Suede Oasis" words!! Cannot believe these characters refer to Wikipedia!! I get the feeling that Wikipedia was the main reference used when you guys looked at HCT, and decided to sign the contract!! You call yourselves Faculty? No wonder Kamal and Senthil treated you so respectfully !! Keep posting guys!!
Here is what is said about HCT in Wikipedia:"In 1985, HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, made a commitment to establish a new system of postsecondary education for UAE Nationals that would stress the ideals of productivity, self-determination and excellence""The HCT places a strong emphasis on an innovative, project-driven and student-centred curriculum""HCT's flagship conferences include: Education Without Borders (a biennial international student conference). Festival of Thinkers (a unique conference of interactions between young scholars and Nobel Laureates and World Thinkers). Global Entrepreneurship 2010 Conference (E2010). EWB Regional Forum for University Leaders (held in several continents)"Based on the above, HCT is indeed a collection of colleges driven by excellence!!!By now, you should have learned about Wikipedia and it appears you have not!!!!
During a lengthy career in PSE I had occassion to screen, interview and hire countless faculty and staff for colleges and universities. After a quick scan of the comments on this blog, noting the level of communication skills, social attitudes and the like, I can detect only one or two posters that would have had any possibility of making the grade. Frankly, most seem like a rather disturbed lot.
If any one reads about HCT in Wikipedia here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_Colleges_of_Technologyand reads about HCT further here:http://www.linkedin.com/groups/I-work-HCT-maybe-biggest-4663653.S.175307958Bingo! He is already on the way to join as the HCT faculty! Thanks Wikipedia!!
Let me clear up a few inaccuracies here:Firstly, I did not write the article below, 'A recent HCT departure spills all'. It was submitted to me, and I thought that, as it was clearly not from myself (having left HCT several years back, as the readers of these pages know well), there was no need to preface it with an introductory comments. However, for the sake of the 'doctor' with slim powers of observation (and poor English), I now feel obliged to point it out with total clarity.Secondly, do you think that only Yanks spell the word 'defense', instead of 'defence'? Check again, dear doctor - and THINK again too!Finally, my current employment is with a university in Europe that ranks far above HCT in the world rankings - so there goes your 'unemployable' hypothesis!OK, go on - crank out the same old response again!
To August 7, 2013 at 9:34 PMSo, you have the credentials to hire them? What are your qualifications?Sorry, I should have known that you are an agent-considered worse than a loan shark!What a pompous ass!!
"Finally, my current employment is with a university in Europe that ranks far above HCT in the world rankings" Care to name it?Still, you are running the blog, sounds like you have nothing else to do!
For the sake of your (SO) slim powers of observation, that doctor you keep attacking was defending your cause, i.e. HCT sucks.
SO is a Brit, very easy to detect because, when you plant deliberately errors of English, point to American spelling and keep focusing that person being a Yank, up comes the signature revelation- a Brit invariably attacks some one pointing at his poor English-that is their psyche as most of them are poorly qualified. That is the only way, they can get comfort as being superior. They hate any one with a PhD. You could bet with five Pounds Stirling that SO has no PhD. Usage of "sacked" is a typical British usage. Very few Brits have PhDs-higher education is not their cup of tea. Most probably SO works in a Post-92 University in Britain= a former polytechnic which though ranks higher than HCT, employs academics (Faculty) who are really teachers with no PhDs, and is not rated well at all.A post-92 university management is no better than that of HCT, reading about the reported HCT management.OK, SO enjoy your English, your tea and your Post-92. BTW, I am from a top Russell Group university. Hope you get your gratuity, but I doubt it!!
there are so many morons on this blog, that I can no longer stand to view it.BTW the first experience with Senthil was when I came to a classroom early and found Senthil giving :lip service" to a student. I got out of there posthaste.
Anonymous said..."Finally, my current employment is with a university in Europe that ranks far above HCT in the world rankings" Care to name it?Pepe Le Pew's School of Poodle Polishing?
Oh yeah, Senthil also trained his friends among the chairs to give that lip service, which shows how far down the HCT is corrupted.
Oh dear, I was thinking about this place for the next stop on my educational tour of the world, but i think I'll give it a pass.Would Saudi be any better than the UAE?
Don't trust what "suede Oasis"c says. He is not successful in academia, certainly not a person whose words carry any credibility. He a vengeful person who failed and will continue to fail.
British history is not so pure either:Introducing opium to China.Masters of the African slave trade.Slaughtering civilians in India, S. Arica and all it's colonies.Bringing Tamils to Ceylon because the Singhalese refused to pick tea for their British masters, thus setting the stage for the civil war.Invading Egypt to sieze control of the Suez canal.Re: WMDs in Iraq, maybe you didn't hear about the sarin gas attack by Saddam on the kurds in Halabja in Kurdistan, IRAQ that killed 7000 men, women, and children.All countries are guilty of atrocities, just the British have been doing it better than longer than anyone else.
To August 8, 2013 at 2:47 PMYour medication is not working!As for India, see how this country is run now-corruption, nepotism, adulteration of food, denial of aids, high infant mortality, every one wanting backward looking at the privileges given to backward castes (Dalits), still the ugly head of castes, the foreigner Sonia crowned herself the queen and people crawling in front of her. Call this independence? No wonder Indians find UAE so much better compared to their country!!
...to create functional, meaningful mobile learning in and outside of the classrooms. The Chancellor emphasized that sound pedagogical principles should guide implementation. UAE higher education leaders chose the Apple iPad as its mobile learning platform.Care to read more about what TK is selling?http://www.igi-global.com/article/measuring-difficult-measure/78335
Anonymous August 8, 2013 at 2:47 PMYou think India wants to return to life under the Queens skirts? They've been like this for thousands of years. I lived there for 5 years so I know it quite well.You say nothing about:China, which is doing pretty wellSlave trade??? no comment???S. Africa ??? no comment???Sri Lanka- Ceylon ???? no comment???Eisenhower kicked the Brits and the Frogs out of Suez no comment???Sarin gas in Halabja in Kurdistan no comment???I suggest you pick up a history book, and increase your meds.
Anyone who says HCT is a nice workplace is just as corrupt as those people who run it. HCT is not about Arabs. It is a culture of its own, a culture of fear, dog eat dog, and blame game. A culture created not just by Arabs, Indians or middle easterners, but also by corrupt westerners. Many times good hearted people come to HCT, but soon learn the culture. In order to survive they are faced with choices - to keep your head down, leave or become corrupt. Those who choose to become corrupt over leaving are the ones who cannot find jobs elsewhere and try their best to hold on to their positions until they themselves taste their own medicin. So, those who blame faculty for being incompetent are themselves incompetent to see the truth and the corruption. I have never seen so much corruption in any educational institution in my 25+ years of service at different educational institutions in different parts of the world.August 5, 2013 at 7:33 PMI agree with the above comment. Just look at all the irrelevent comments above and on the previous pages. People are trying to settle their scores on this blog. The infightings and disagreements show what kind of place HCT is. And this is exactly what the corrupt higher management wanted to create for faculty in order to devalue them, make themselves look good and justify their redundant positions. Trust me they are all trained to be experts in this.
Accusing unhappy teachers of landing in HCT by their own will due to their lack of good qualifications or inability to find jobs in their own country is one tactic HCT management uses.
Accusing unhappy teachers of landing in HCT by their own will due to their lack of good qualifications or inability to find jobs in their own country is one tactic HCT management uses, no matter how well qualified or how good a teacher you are.
To August 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM5 years in India? and that makes youan expert? They have been like what thousands of years? corrupt,morally low, greedy and all the other attributed listed in the above post?You change the medication you are having as it is not working and is not stopping your delusion. Look at how Indians escape any place outside India, and find UAE and the Arabs are better than their own country and their own people.
To August 8, 2013 at 9:45 PMIf you knew this why go there?
To August 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM.Are you kidding me? I did not know this. You learn this while you are inside. I paid a big price to learn it, and left. Sad thing is I still see that same tactic is being practiced on this blog.
To August 8, at 9:24 pm and 9:45 pm.Oh exactly! you put it better than I could.
There is a simple set of guidelines for those who intend to take up teaching jobs in colleges in Arab countries like UAE1. Arabs are basically barbarians. Though living in 21st century, civilised behaviour has not touched them. Expect , hence their minions to be same as them.2. Do not refer to Wikipedia about the college, the description is always "word-brushed" to give a very positive spin about the college.3. Pause and think about why you an educated and civilised person should go to a desert, and teach these mugs whose brains are located in their backsides, and hence waste precious years of your life.4. Tax-free Dollars is not everything and there is more at stake like honor and dignity.
To August 5, 2013 at 7:33 PMIf you are good professionally-speaking, there is no need to go to UAE at all. No use in commenting now, you wanted that job desperately."I have never seen so much corruption in any educational institution in my 25+ years of service at different educational institutions in different parts of the world"What were you up to in different parts of the world? You were doing "around the world teaching in 25 years". Examine yourself- you did this, because you could not hold on to a single job in your country. There could be cannibals in HCT, but why did you not keep away from there. This is not dark age, and it does not take long to discover what a hellhole HCT is. Blame yourself.
To August 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM"Are you kidding me? I did not know this. You learn this while you are inside. I paid a big price to learn it, and left. Sad thing is I still see that same tactic is being practiced on this blog"I was not kidding but you are now reading the above.You were not 5 year old, and this is 21t Century and the age of the Internet, and claiming ignorance sounds so ridiculous!!Either you were dumb or you were deluded or both. Best be honest and say you were desperate for a job then. It is often the term "tax-free" that traps the weak and lackey.
FYI, HCT is currently hiring instructors to start in a few weeks time. Surprisingly, a BA and TESL cert is the minimum requirement.Their ad is on Dave's ESL Cafe TESOL's Career Center page. Go there if you're desperate!
My inside sources tell me that HCT is about 100 teachers down, and the new term is due to start in a few weeks!Openings for the desperate are there aplenty!
If I had known before I accepted a faculty position that HCT was such a crapfest, I would have worked elsewhere. Anywhere is better than HCT.
"If I had known before I accepted a faculty position that HCT was such a crapfest, I would have worked elsewhere. Anywhere is better than HCT" Convenient excuse peddled by those who wanted job at HCT, and the duo Kamal and Sentil worked them over in the desert Sun, suddenly they became wiser. "Faculty? Don't insult that term,but say "teachers"One must be very desperate for a job to go to UAE. That simple!!
"If I had known before I accepted a faculty position that HCT was such a crapfest, I would have worked elsewhere. Anywhere is better than HCT"Tax-free pay, travel cost for family during holidays etc.. etc..lured many dimwitted teacher looking for jobs, and they assumed that they cannot go wrong by teaching the Arab thick heads and hence planned for 10 year' stay. Alas, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry"!!
To August 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM.Please, stop playing the same tune over and over and over again. If you have anything good or bad to say about HCT say it! Blaming people for making a mistake and working there is not a valid argument. Certainly not on this blog. You cannot blame people for not knowing due to lack of evidence (this blog did not exist before 2010) but blame those for not learning.
Same goes to the poster August 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM above.You are playing the same old tune, which stands no credibility. Many well qualified teachers went there before this blog existed, and for no other reason than love of teaching. Change the tune please.
This blog may not have existed , but the Internet did, and there were strong stories coming out from those worked even for a shorter period. I knew a few who had better understanding of HCT at that time,and they did not go there. Stop putting up lame excuses. It is the tax-free and other perk which sounded too good for you, isn't it?
To August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM.Dead wrong! Stop guessing people's reasons for going there. You don't know every people here, and your argument fails by making such assumptions. Your argument is as good as those of the corrupt administrators there, who are trained to make such accusations to justify their existence and corrupt methods.
Internet exists now too, but how much do you trust wikipedia as one of the posters mentioned above or other websites? Especially, when you seem to have known how far HCT's tentacles extend to cover up its bad image and you still blame those who did not know. That argument fails here too.
To August 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM.I did not say I was teaching during those 25+ years. Did you ever consider that I had been a student in educational institutions? Did you even contemplate the fact that I might have emigrated from my own country?And assuming that I never worked in my own country means you are using that lame "blame yourself" card, which holds no grounds as pointed above by the other posters.
In the law, there is no basis whatsoever for blaming the victim of a swindle or misrepresentation. Innocent parties that are misled to believe one thing (HCT as described on Wikipedia) when the facts are completely different (HCT as described on this blog) always win in such cases. The statute of limitations doesn't even run until the true facts are discovered. The poster above that is trying to manipulate this important principle of justice is a shithead. He's throwing red herrings around all over the place.
Yeah, lame "blame yourself" shitheads: Lay off this blog, if you have nothing else to say.HCT still sucks whether people here blame themselves or not. No? Yes?
You guys went there, on your own volition. You did not enquire, did not find out what HCT really was, and now use the "swindle" example to delude yourselves that you did not knew about HCT. Shit, head? That must be you guys, every one of you, who were smeared with the shit when you gladly got into the shit hole, attracted by tax-free dollars and perks. Truth hurts, and accept that you were all lackeys, desperate for jobs any where, and the tax-free pay pulled you all in that shit hole. You seem to have never learned any lesson at all. Like a 5 year old kid you are blaming others-the HCT.
"Did you even contemplate the fact that I might have emigrated from my own country?"I do not care whether you did emigrate or not, but if you did, you chose a nice place like UAE to emigrate to!! That explains why you are howling now like a wounded animal!! Tough luck. That was your choice.
Should be: "you did not know"
Yeah, yeah, yeah , yeah.... Keep playing that lame old tune. Only a despicable person in life, who thinks of himself as perfect, plays that tune.FYI, UAE does not accept immigrants.
Immigrants or visitors who cares, you went there looking for a job-the same lame tune by all posters who were desperate for jobs.
Prepare for the worst. Teachers at my college were told to expect sizeable loads this semester, well beyond 20 hours. Doesn't sit well with desired accreditation.
You can find a good example of how the Emirati 'masters' like to treat their foreign 'guestworkers' here:http://www.uaeuwatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/emirati-beating-indian-driver-as-if-he.htmlThe whole thing is a a metaphor for HCT, I guess!
@UAEU Watch Another bunch of lackey academics (faculty) who could not get jobs in their countries and land in UAE university attracted by their tax-free pay etc.. package, kiss the Arab asses for their shameful existence of collecting tax-free pay packets and in this UAE website, just like this HCT website, they rant and rant accusing the very Arabs who asses they kick with smile there EVERY DAY !! PATHETIC EXISTENCE BY THIS BUNCH, SELLING THEIR SOULS TO BARBARIANS, SMILING AT THEM IN FRONT, AND IN THE BACK POSTING ABUSES IN THESE WEBSITES!WHY GO THERE SWALLOWING PRIDE AND DIGNITY? But then you will be surprised that there are such universities in the UK too-they are called pot-92 universities. More about them below.Interesting that these 2 websites are hosted in the UK, which says more about the UK academics who are desperate for jobs just like "Suede Oasis"- they do not have PhDs, have often poor skills and hence they did not get jobs in the UK and elsewhere in the West. It says more about them than about the Arabs who were already well known as barbarians."suede oasis"'s current university, looks like a post-92 former polytechnic in the UK, and these so called universities are no better than this UAE university. They literally act as people smugglers by bringing in masses of students by using agents in India and FarEast, and picking so called students there who should not be in any university any where because of their very poor academic records. But these universities encourage them entry into UK by providing a conduit, and almost all students drop out and disappear after arrival. There are estimated over 800,000 of these so called students who dropped out over the years and are classified as illegal immigrants. These post-92 universities have senior management members who are as notorious as their counterparts in the HCT and UAE university. Their machinations-cooking up results, students' data, deliberately not tracking the presence of foreign these students in classrooms etc.. are well reported and yet these universities continue to exist acting as people smugglers.
Oh, WOW, my dear Anon (above) - you are SO well-informed!Your prejudices have served you well over the years, I guess...But do keep popping up on these pages. Your presence is much appreciated.
August 11, 2013 at 11:20 AMPlease seek help.
August 11, 2013 at 11:20 AMYou sound like someone who is trying to convince yourself of something he doesn't believe.Are you so bitter because you applied to the HCT and were rejected because of your stirling, open minded attitude.Now, no doubt you are living in a bedsit above Chapatti Vindaloo's take away making deliveries for them on your rusty bicycle while we're enjoying good salaries, liberal holidays and lovely weather for most of the academic year. Many of us have summer residences in Provence, the Algarve or Costa del Sol.So sad.Remember Bob Dylan's words:"Everybody has got to serve someone"And now your retort will be how your are a tutor at Oxford, or Cambridge.
Guys, remember, those who applied to HCT were lackys and were the bottom of the pile. You need to wake up and see that there are thousand others in the academia in the West who do not kiss Arabs asses because they do not want to go Arab countries for work. "Suede Oasis", you were and has been always a HCT material and now hiding in a post-92, which is no better.Oh, Vindaloo, you mean the hot substance the Arabs and Kamali and Senthil pushed up in your asses in the HCT?
August 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM"Suede Oasis", you were and has been always (a) should be AN HCT material and now hiding in a post-92, which is no better.N0 N0 N0,You were and HAVE been. You need some practice on tense agreement, especially if you want to come across as Mr. PhD. PhD=Piled high and Deep. And you are standing in it up to your neck.
You are just a HCT material. Go to a dark room and take your tablets. Then cry about your limited potential. Must be a Brit who studied in an inner city sink school.
@ August 12, 2013 at 3:44 PM "Well said" say Kamali, Senthil and Simon, and add " the treatment they got served them well".
"So, let me get this straight. I came to this blog to read about people's bad experiences at HCT, as it says it sucks. And all I find is the Brits scorning the Yankees and the Arabs, and another anonymous party blaming people for working at HCT.Historical differences aside, whose cause are you defending? By blaming the other, are you claiming that HCT sucks or shines? Attacking each other this way can only make HCT look good.August 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM"About time some sensible soul intervenes !!!!!!
Some one gave a good English quote, which was : "If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas". You guys went to HCT, responding to advertisement, and after you were selected you were worked on by Kamali, Senthil and Simon. The mistake was entirely yours for applying to go a place like UAE and accepting offer by HCT. Those who realised their mistake quit HCT and UAE quickly, and others -almost all who post here, wanted the Dollars stayed on; the mistake was entirely yours. Accept it and move on.
The worst regret one can have is not for doing the wrong thing, but for doing the right thing for the wrong one.
... and sometimes we regret the chances we did not take.
More on HCT here, esp. the interview process:http://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/HCT-Interview-Questions-E384204.htmThere's also this comment: "I needed a job, and I thought I could tolerate this kind of attitude. I was wrong."
It appears new hires have been offered a substantially reduced benefits package. Those with more details please post here with more information.
I guess the HCT Goon Squad have realised that they will never be able to recruit good quality staff from the West, and are now focusing their efforts on Indian and Philipino recruits. Hence the drop in benefits.Am I wrong, Tubby?
If the new hires are Indians and Philipinos, then you would not get any more information from them. BTW, "Suede Oasis" being in a third rate university in Britain -called post92 university, must be busy with a peculiar Brit student recruitment approach called "clearing" which means just recruit any one who calls himself/herself to fill in the places!! That means, these post 92 universities are full of thick heads like the HCT Arab students
That may well be true, but the fact remains that the Arab students are a bunch of retards! Like brain dead to the max!
Here is the deal. All housing will be cut and you will be given a monthly housing allowance in your paycheck. Equivalent to about 80 percent. Staff below professional grade will no longer receive education allowances and it looks like vacation time will be cut as well. There are many additional changes that will happen that affect academics and benefits. Source: I worked there for two contracts and have direct ties to central administration.
Given that rents are often paid in annual checks rather than monthly, faculty have kids, and annual (escape) holidays are the only way to repair one's soul from the the deprivations of living in the Gulf for 10 months out of the year, any changes along the lines of those described by Aug 21 will effectively make the HCT the absolute, beyond question, most shithole job on the planet. It will appeal to no one from the west at that point.But hey, I think it should just be Emiratized anyway! Tards teaching tards!
Can you tell us more about the other changes? Seems they want 100% Indians working there.
Pay checks? Like car tires? You taught this kind of English to Arabs? These Yanks deserved what they got. You could get jobs in your country and hence were prepared to kiss Arab asses. Can't complain now.
Worked in the UAE, worked and working in the USA. Ditto on Europe. So what is all this about "can't get a job" at home? Seems like a broken record that just isn't correct!
...the change to accomodation benefit mean that when faculty rent contract due sometime during the coming year the new lease will be in faculty name not hct name. Hct still carry that contract forward to term. Following from, when said faculty employment contract is / if renewed accomodation allowance will then be paid monthly. Unknown if 80-100% as I not hear mentioned from the Dean. Very likely my campus have resignations soon and no new faculty for coming.
Hey, mass resignations, classes of 40+ students ... well done, TK, you're a STAR!!!
The idea is to tailor it the same way Etisalat is run. HCT's chancellor was head it Etisalat and is very much a business man. His goal is to reduce the amount HCT is in the hole. Their number one expense is accommodation/salary/education. If you reduce that you bring HCT back in the green.
I'm just going to quickly comment on this. If you think TK is running the show you are completely incorrect. He has been sidelined since the new Chancellor came in. He no longer has an active role in CERT or HCT and is basically a simple figure head.
A figure head in the shape of a pig's dick!
Hi can the Hall of Shame be fixed? It's a bad Gateway. Thanks.
Do stop bickering between yourselves. What silliness. Either say something constructive about the issues of HCT or find an outlet for name-calling and racism elsewhere. You make it look as though HCT was doing u a favour by hiring u. Which we know is NOT true.
Monday, August 5, 2013 In Defense of HCT - a Teacher Writes Yes, coming very soon ... ! And when exactly will the promised post appear? Or are the 130+ comments what you really intended?
Mm, getting impatient, are you?I'll see what I can do .....
Suede Oasis is in a post 92 university in Britain busy with recruitment of breathing homo sapiens called students-a post 92 attracts the bottom of pile in a society who cannot read or count, in a "pile them high" policy. These 130+ posts are really what he wanted. Get on with your lives considering joining HCT was a mistake, and then you were in need of jobs.
My web interview experience with HCT was quite unbelievable. I was interviewed by --- a machine!I'm not kidding you at all. The place must truly be 'the pits'.
This is from Sharjah and should help to provide some insight into how silly it is to think of the HCT as an educational institution. A CSR program that includes "Make Up" workshops! And we are talking the stuff you put on your face! It could almost make one blush! Talk about misunderstanding the purpose of the Foundation program! And as an aside, the Shamouk gems are total little mafioso. They are highly skilled at threatening faculty, as they also always have to miss class and exams for their little events. They are pure evil. You can't fight them and they know it."Ohoud Mohammed Al Ansari, Aya Khalil Al Hosany and Maryam Al Qassab, members of Shoumoukh from the Business Department piloted a Corporate Social Responsibility program they created during Al Ahli’s Group CSR in Action workshop and summit called إmarati. The program developed centers designed to empower young Emirati women.Before leaving for summer vacation, Sharjah Girl Guides contacted Shoumoukh seeking members to support their summer program. Ohoud and Aya organized a series of workshops for the summer program that included icebreakers and teamwork, knitting, cooking, and make-up tips. The workshops were very successful and the young girls attending the summer program expressed high levels of satisfaction and empowerment.Ohoud said, “It was a lovely experience. It was the first time I offered a workshop and I am normally a very shy person, but this program empowered me to overcome my shyness as I empowered the girls.”Aya stated, “I really enjoy make-up and cooking, and I was able to share these skills in these workshops. It was wonderful to see the students enjoying these workshops and to know you are having a positive effect on them.”Shoumoukh advisor Rafeef Dahir said, “We are very fortunate to have active members within Shoumoukh. The club has become well known within the Sharjah community and many organizations approach the members for support. Community service is an integral component of the leadership association and we are proud to have each and every member engaged in giving back to the community.”
Of course, every little Emirati girl needs to learn cooking at college, as they will have had no experience of it at home, and their parents are totally incapable of preparing food in any way at all. They won't even know where to buy it!Pity their unfortunate Indian, Sri Lankan and Philipino servants who will have done all the cooking in their family villas. It's a shame that can't teach the darlings to do the same, but THAT'S why they go to college, to learn the skill from overpaid Westerners!Yes, it's a whacky life at HCT in the UAE!!
Mmm ... August 5th. Now October 18th or 19th, depending on your continent. No new revelations on the promise made. No, I'm not losing patience, just wondering where the SO is. Off the radar? Perhaps you should do the right thing, as did the poodle, and sign off graciously. Or live up to your promises.
No further revelations are really needed. It is very very apparent that the HCT is a sick org that makes the healthy who arrive to work there sick and the sick that remain there psycho (and leaders). I do feel for those that are on the career trajectory which leads to the UAE, and the HCT in particular. All of the UAE sucks, but the HCT is particularly poisonous. Likely by diabolical plan, the international circuit finally leads to the UAE and the HCT as this prison camp offers the highest paying posts for those who have spent time in E Asia, SE Asia, China, etc. Unfortunately, the UAE is a pretty dismal final destination on the circuit. Where to head afterwards is a serious issue. Michael Porter refers to the "subsidy trap" for companies which are expanding operations internationally. This concept very likely sheds light on the UAE. If a country needs to pay you extra to come there, run away quickly!Good luck future victims!
@Anonymous Anonymous October 19, 2013 at 6:06 AMIt is a pity you did not want to know what all the negative facts -these were there always, that you have blurted out now about the stinking UAE and the cesspit called HCT, but was driven by tax-free Dollars to go there! Sounds like you were desperate for any job, any where!
@Anonymous October 19, 2013 at 2:32 AMSO is a con man! Perhaps UAE Imams have put out a Fatwa on his head!!These Sheikhs have tentacles in Britain where SO is hiding in a poorly performing college.
No worries, I'm still around - yes, you bastards have flushed me out!I'm still chasing up the promised article, but the author is proving hard to locate and nail down.
Surely given the bloodletting that has occurred recently (specifically at DWC but with other tentacles) I thought this blog would be buzzing...come on HCTsuckers, rise up and rejoice at the launch of the next level of ineptitude!!
What bloodletting is that? When did that happen? Details please!I particularly hope that fat sow Gallant has been "disappeared".
At this point the HCT is in a death spiral. The HCT has always had management issues, but never package/contract issues. Clever but cynical people did their jobs and lived their lives, which is why you never saw much on this forum apart from malcontents. However, new management has translated into serious problems. It's November and there is no info about new contracts or packages. Stay away until things are sorted. You've been warned.
OK, this is how our new contracts are shaping up. The housing allowance is now way down. Yes, before HCT put us in cockroach-infested properties they lease - but allowance was calculated based on family size. Now allowance is calculated based on salary grade. This means a single man and a family with three kids all get the same housing allowance. Now the allowance and tickets are added to monthly paycheck. New hires have to find their own place. The relocation allowance is no longer offered. Based on salary/housing allowance, teachers were lower middle class. Now with the money they give us for allowance, we cannot rent anything decent and effectively moved into higher lower class. I have been at this school 18 months. 18 months more to go before getting my end of contract bonus and getting out of here.
So where's the incentive to relocate to the Gulf and teach retards if there's no relocation allowance, no free housing, and no sense of worth?RIP HCT, effectively destroyed by Kamali and his cronies. What was once one of the best teaching jobs in the Gulf is now only a posting for the desperate and the under-qualified.
Ha, I am so entirely pleased to see my prior thoughts on "cockroach-infested housing" and "retards" being incorporated in new postings! No need for citations though, these facts are in the public domain now!The HCT is a total shithole and is merely window dressing to make the UAE appear as if it is educating its stinky, hairy people.
Well, almost all of my students are hairy, but no, not stinky. In fact, they are very clean and dress in high-quality kandoras, whereas a lot of teachers are dressed poorly. In the class size of 15-20 I usually have 2 or 3 that are interested in learning. I wouldn't call them "retards", but unfortunately, they are missing good 300 or 400 years of progressive competitiveness, ambition, and determination. They all know that their starting salary after HCT is much higher than our salary, and therefore, it takes a skillful teacher to get them to listen and to want to study. Now, ok, I had to lower my expectations from my students, agree. I have to babysit a lot, agree. I have to make assignments easier, my language simple, and try not to show up too often on the administration's radar, agree. However, I had not compromised my ethics (yet?). Most importantly, if you want these affluent students to respect you and listen to you, may be, just may be, you can spend extra money on personal grooming and clothing? I have seen so many "teachers" - from the West and the East - dressed in a $50 Walmart special - hair unkempt - shoes all worn - smiling and greeting the students like servants that they are. You respect yourself, you treat yourself with dignity - and others (even our students) will follow. You behave like a puppy dog jumping on hind legs for treats - and you will be treated as such. However, I am still pissed off at our housing allowance cuts. I am getting out at the end of my contract.
Me too, as there's absolutely nothing to keep me here.Crap students plus crap compensation equals one very crap job!!
Then, it is agreed all around. You ingrates don't deserve the jobs that we were good enough to give you. Face facts. Most of you are EFL teachers. That, plus $4 will get you an Espresso at one of my Star Bucks!Be off with you, filth! You're a dime-a-dozen!
They're back!You now punch your favourite HCT management goon once more!!http://www.punchinthefacebook.com/Hooray!!!
Tayeb Kamali above, whoever he is whether ironical or not, says pretty much the truth. The guy who calls himself "Suede Oasis" is a poorly qualified Brit who has at last come back to his native country, and given his poor qualifications, must be now working at a local college or a low performing post92 university in England which take academics of his standard as no good academic ventures into them. Looking at the main so called articles here, the last was posted in August; it says a lot about this guy "Suede Oasis" and one can imagine why he ventured into licking Arabs' shoes at HCT. This blog is in its death bed, and suggest "Suede Oasis"to move on or he is in danger of being sacked from his current position in the UK HE sector.
Well said, Tayeb Kamali or whoever you are! Yes, this Suede Oasis and the bunch who rant here about HCT are a bunch of wastrels, who never had a chance in their own countries. Lured by the "tax-free pay " and "free travel" advertised by the HCT, these high school teachers (we wonder whether they had jobs at all before as their work ethic appears to be pretty pathetic) instantly became college faculty at HCT. Their dream of collecting easy tax -free Dollars shattered when they were asked to spend minimum hours each day at the HCT, and actually were asked to work!! Their laziness meant they had to be whipped to submission. Serves these wastrels right! Well done HCT. But what do you do with a wastrel like Suede Oasis? Now that he is back at his native land.
OUCH! Dear Anon above (OK, we all know it's the sweaty Indian pictured alongside), you are SO GOOD at guessing!!Which is kinda strange for a guy with a PhD. I mean, you make all these assertions without a shred of evidence!? Well, really - how unacademic of you!That's why HCT gave you a job, I s'pose. They knew your qualifications were, ahem, a little less than genuine (let's hypothesise here), and so were eager to offer you a job at below the going rate for a sub-continental goon. An offer that you were all too keen to accept, right?Glass houses, etc...
@Suede Oasis who was thrashed by the Arabs, Tayeb and by just about all Indians in the managerial cadre at HCT.Idiots like you are deluded in thinking all who post here work at HCT. No wonder with the minimum brain cells count you have, you did not get a job in your country! I do not like to work for Arabs, lick their shoes like you did; yes I have PhD unlike your basic teacher's qualifications which were not enough to get you even into sink inner city schools in Britain! I do not have to go to HCT at all!! What a delirium you have to assume whoever posts here are grave diggers like you at HCT!!! I cannot but admire how Dr Simon Jones milked the Arabs, encouraged them to give you 20 lashes, to string you high and made them to deprive idiots like you, your gratuities which you did not deserve. Collecting his tens of thousands of Dollars of tax-free dosh, Dr Simon Jones moved out of HCT, leaving you in the streets of Tower Hamlets in London to beg.You howled like a badly wounded street dog when Dr Jones moved to U of Nazrbayev as provost, ridiculing him, thereby showing yourself how pathetic loser you are, why you richly deserve the treatment the Arabs and co gave you at HCT.Well, you are under-qualified for a college position even in the stinky refuge of HCT. You should have worked hard in your younger days like Dr Jones did to acquire better and higher qualifications. You would then have had a better resume like his to go to management positions. But you were lazy, and hence were good enough only to work as a teacher at HCT to teach those Arab dimwits.You are a loser Suede Oasis.Now, Dr Jones will collect more dollars dosh in his new job and will have ample funds to retire to leafy Cotswolds in England, leaving you in Tower Hamlets school in London to teach yet another bunch of dimwits. Finally, you are so bad that you cannot get even this blog going as most realised by now that you are just another dimwit like those you were recruited to teach at HCT.
Yeh, go for the jugular, Nathan!
Contracts out today and they are going to be the tipping point for most renewals. Well down on the accommodation funds, little data on increments, depression all round I'd say with little to do save resign and move on at last. What a remarkable turnaround. What a wonderland.
Yeechh! Like I said on December 3rd: "Dime-a-dozen!"Let make it easier for you simpletons through rhyme:If you don't like; take a hike!Got it, mouth-breathers? Are you really that dense?No WONDER you're english teachers!
Time to leave this sinking ship? Oh yes indeed!
I look back on it all now, a couple years after departure... The way that the western managers took on their "responsibilities" (to make life hell for their fellow nationals) is to me the most striking. They are given a silly role with some token power, and they just jump in with both feet. Lauralee Kilgour particularly comes to mind. She exemplified one whose identity was linked to their job. She completely forgot her Canadian upbringing and became an HCT cheerleader, through and through. She is probably completely lost now. Same for Alain Wilkie, (Mr. NSA Surveillance) and also that nasty, leathery Scotch "ho" Director Anne Scullion. Those are just a few of many. Each exhibits the same psychological transformation. Theoretically, is this the Stockholm Syndrome in action? Anyone know?
No, I think it's just the result of people realising that they are being paid way beyond their talents, so they do whatever is necessary to preserve their job and lifestyle.Such an approach particularly appeals to those who have a rather skewed moral compass, and little or no compassion for their fellow human beings.Simple, really.
Interesting that "doing evil to the max" is part of the job expectations from their Arab masters!It is so enjoyable to watch Qatar squirm as their treatment of laborers is brought to light in the world press! The UAE is exactly the same, purchasing legitimacy to show they are civilized when one can easily see they are not.
I totally agree with "December 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM" and "December 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM". They forgot their own upbringing and their own culture. What a shame! Well ex-ADWC director was the same but he got his very fair reward. By the end of the academic year, he got fired and shipped back home in a matter of 2-3 days. His position being replaced by an Emirati. How about that? His payback time ......
The answer to the evil of Kilgour, Ohan, Reed, Gallant, Drummond, the Claw, Tubby, Wilkie, Scullion, etc. can actually be found in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Several of the research questions were: "What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph"? See http://www.prisonexp.org/
@ Anon @ 3:44...Chewed 'im up and spit 'im out, I did!Hargis was MY bitch hired for MY pleasure!
The ‘Stanford Prison Experiment' is one possible explanation. Another explanation could be that weblogs like this one give voice to a handful of evil people who write under different pseudonyms, most of whom had brought in with them traumatized backgrounds that led to their demise in the HCT. Given the filth, venom, and the pathological lying that many of the entries contain, I tend to favour the latter explanation!
Dear Anon above, I don't think you'll find any lies or venom, pathological or otherwise, in these blog entries, as all of them have been sourced from former (or current) HCT inmates. And that is a verifiable fact!No, the only filthy lies you will see here are those spouted by the HCT goons, AKA senior management (ha!). Moreover, their venom has been laid bare on these pages many times - random dismissals, intimidation, and even public humiliation. These are the HCT 'management tools' that we seek to expose, and we shall long continue to do so.Best wishes for the New Year, Goon!
Thank you very much Suede Oasis. Well said and done.
Hey Anon December 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM, you are an ignorant fool who is still in denial or shallow patty element wasting your life on this planet
The inmates have responded lending more credence to the alternative explanation!
Hey can someone give a breakdown of the new HCT contracts? I don't have any personal knowledge as I absconded a number of years ago, thus freeing myself from indentured servitude. What happened with housing, flights, etc.? And how the hell is a new hire supposed to navigate getting housing in Week 1? I found the place seriously disorienting, since it was a total construction site that all looked the same. Week 1 newbies are supposed to hand over a bunch of checks for housing?
Some one like Sued Oasis, a Brit who could not get a job in Britain, must have been really desperate to accept a teacher's job in this stinking hell hole called HCT. These desperate homo sapiens attracted by the title of "faculty" and the tax free pay and travel perks found out that in this land of Arabs and camels they were really there to educate the young Arab dimwits. Seeing this crowd of homo sapiens with a minimal braincell count, Simon Jones saw an opportunity to manage them like a herd with the dirty dozen of Indians doing really the dirty work for him, and his towel head bosses.The under qualified and lazy crowd of teachers, of which Sued Oasis was a member could not cope even the modest hours of work and the requirement to stay in their slammer. Remember this crowd is the worst in terms of their skills in their countries. Well, the Arabs held up the gratuities for this Suede Oasis, who they found out was lazy and grossly under qualified. Suede Oasis is now back in his native country working in a sink inner city school. Meanwhile, Simon Jones collected his total tax free pay, and has moved on to collect more money from another institution with then plan of retiring in a nice village in England.Grow up guys, you cannot win without a good education. Even Indians considered you as poorly educated. Well put it down to Karma and to your wasted college years in your native countries.
SiJo, it is great to see you spending so much time on these boards! I remember the day I was visiting ADMC and was in a meeting room - you strolled by and caught my eye as I was the only "whitey" in amongst a dozen "towelheads". You gave me quite a glare - it was then I knew you were a sociopath. The kind of guy that, as a kid, would innocently smile to grandma and then pinch his little sister hard and make her cry as soon as grandma turned her back. There were probably also some cruel moments with animals.Anyway, I think those years up in Kazakhstan might also be termed "wasted", regardless of whether you are collecting some loot from them. You won't fit in very well in an English village, I fear.
Hmmmmmmmm .. some fools are still barking to those who meant well on this blog. Pathetic!!!!
Man, I love dogs! What's up with those stupid muslims and dogs?
@December 29, 6:42 PMYou must be really some one with a very low brain cell count to assume that Simon Jones cares to post here!! That explains why you were unable to get a job in your country being dumb and low skilled and had to go to HCT to lick Arab shoes. There was no hope for you then and now. I guess you do not have a PhD even now.As a teacher with a poor education record, you do not know about English village. Any one with a large bank balance could buy a period house there, and fit into community. No problems at all!
Man, I love dogs too! One of god's finest gifts to humans! Woof!More dogs, and way fewer muzzies would be a great upgrade for the planet!
I have been reading with interest some of these posts. Whoever the poster is with his so called PhD, has to be from the sub continent as his knowledge of the English language is extraordinarily bad. He obviously has some kind of axe to grind because he would not have been offered as high a salary as an English teacher without a PhD. It's sad but true
RIGHT - SOUNDS LIKE 'DOCTOR' NATHAN TO ME!
There are so many "doctors" now at HCT - have a look at "Dr. Grace Thompson" at Sharjah! I believe she is a proud University of Phoenix alumna and now Head of Business!Totally illegitimate, and a clear demonstration of the HCT "smoke and mirrors" style.
'DOCTOR' NATHAN is the most despicable blob of sub human protoplasm the walks the face of the earth. Just think. we are sharing the same air with him.He has the personality of a turnip.
Hmm, I rather feel that 'Doctor' Grace Thompson is a fine representative of the HCT camp of dubious managers, bearing in mind her close links to Walmart and the 'University' (read 'Business') of Phoenix.If the cap fits, wear it!
I am afraid that the HCT towelheads at Goon Squad Central will have no reservations at all about hiring a Walmart apologist, given that company's appalling treatment of its workers!
She is just like Dubai - fake to the core! She has been riding all the staff since she started, trying her best to make her mark in the annals of HCT management! Did you know that she is shagging one of her underlings? An Arab no less! Wait till that is discovered!
The inmates are at it again!
Hs hs, had to laugh at the recent Dubai fireworks on the Palm. Who were they for? The people couldn't get there to see them as it was such a traffic and security clusterfuck, so their only real purpose was as a big show for no one! It allowed Dubai to claim yet another record that really meant nothing to anyone because no one saw it happen.Also interesting is the cancelled concerts from New Years - both Indonesia and Saudi had muzzies threatening violence for any music celebrating the infidel New Year! So that explains the cancelled shows in Dubai.Now back to "banging" Dr. Grace!
La bruja Thomson es hija de puta, la odiamos todos.
So, what can I say about HCT? My college used to be a decent place to work at, which is probably why I stayed there for six years. But I quit when the management changed dramatically and the place became a toxic environment for teachers. In short, it's no place for real teachers now, and HCT is rapidly becoming a magnet for those who are pepared to dump any true educational values that they might have once possessed. The incoming 'Chair' had no clue about syllabi and motivating teachers to give their best, but acted as if she had invented the very process of teaching. Even worse, experienced teachers came to be treated very harshly, with the least experienced being given the most responsibility.So if you have indeed lost your teacher's soul, HCT is very probably the ideal place for you. But if you have just a single ounce of dignity and integrity left, give this place a very wide berth and find something better.
Sounds like Dubai Men's College
That's because it IS DMC!
I thought is was SWC with the Ho of Sharjah, "Dr." Grace Thompson! Spreading her legs for that Palestinian business faculty!
Could be any HCT college, really - maybe ALL of them?!
This blog of "Suede Oasis" is in a persistent vegetative state. Yet, "Suede Oasis", the man with a low brain cell count would not switch off the ventilator; instead, having moved out of the nut house called HCT, as one of its inmates, having shafted by his managers of many nationalities including the Indian in whose photo he seems to have taken a particular liking in recent months, he now resides in his home country perhaps working in a local "sink" college.Having thrown out bleeding and sans gratuities, he is keeping this blog barely alive for former and current inmates of that nut house to moan and groan about their treatment collectively meted by the Iranian, the Arabs and the Indians, and Simon Jones, the Brit!!In a country like Britain which boasts some of the best universities and colleges, "Suede Oasis" had to move out to lick the shoes of towel heads in Emirates. No need to guess why! A consummate loser, he cannot keep this blog active either! That should say a lot about this lackey!! He is not the lone lackey though, and can count a number of Yanks who left their shores like him to HCT to lick the shoes of the Arabs. Their country also boasts the very top universities and colleges and yet, they arrived at this nut house to become its inmates!
Oppps! Sorry! Erm, I accidently signed in as Anonymous.One Chardonnay too many, wot?
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