This dude graduated from NYU and worked at NYU Abu Dhabi for a year. His post here is very general, but nevertheless important as a testimony from the inside. I really despise how he repeatedly says that he’s not trying to dis those working there and how he still “hopes much” of this abusive project.
This university is clearly a failure when it functions under heavy censorship and with professors getting shit loads of money to teach for very short time and leave. These students cannot learn much from their ‘western’ professors who are not interested in the mission of educating and conversing with them. Those highly-paid professors are certainly responsible too for the plight of migrant workers building their new campus and for whitewashing UAE’s oppression and violations of freedom of speech.
All these outsourced American universities in the Gulf (and other places) are nothing but corporations. Qatar and the UAE are heavily invested in getting as many of them as possible to prevent their financially-capable citizens from studying abroad and possibly becoming political. They want everything to function under their control.