American University of Ras Al Khaimah
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American University of Ras Al Khaimah Employee Review

Weak university in blah setting

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February 10, 2017
As a university, this place is a joke. Pretends to be research oriented, but at least in my field, they don't even understand what that entails. Overall caliber of low level US community college. RAK is a depressing community with little to offer, though housing in seaside developments enjoyable. Students at AURAK are generally nice kids, but clueless as to what higher education is all about. Administration not much better, and at top levels, quite dictatorial. Would not be surprised if the place was out of business within next three years.
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Pros
Generally pleasant faculty colleagues. Fantastic winter weather.
Cons
Boring and backwards emirate, not a real university, ridiculous teaching loads. Hung up on getting accrediation from low level US accrediting body, Sacs-coc.
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