University conditions for expats
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2007 10:27 PM Last Post By: mchugh
Jan 7, 2007 11:31 PM
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Jan 12, 2007 2:49 AM
4An assistant professor at one of the leading Dubai universities gets between AED160k to AED190k salary p.a plus housing allowance of around AED100k. For AED100k you will get a middle standard 2 bed flat. AUS probably similar salary and accommodation is more sorted out for them. Downside for westerner is that you live in Sharjah (although university area is quite nice - rather grandiose boulevard with unis all along it).
Jan 16, 2007 8:58 PM
5Thanks for the info..I'm trying for a position at the American University of Sharjah. Ideally I would prefer Dubai as I hear Sharjah is pretty low key.
Jan 19, 2007 5:25 PM
6Oooh. If you can get a place in Dubai you may be happier than in Sharjah, especially if you're single. At my uni, English faculty straight out of grad school start around AED 10k-11k a month, I believe. Housing, medical, plane tickets, and school fees for kids are added in on top of that.
Jan 21, 2007 11:24 PM
7Hey Zia, I am trying very hard to secure a faculty position anywhere in UAE. Maybe it is just me, but they are not very quick in answering emails etc....Additionally, while I have a PhD plus Diploma in clinical psyc, my lack of publications makes it difficult (although I am just about to submit an article). Dubai would definetly be my first choice, the lifestyle + perks sound second to none! Do you have any ideas about how to sell myself to these universties?
Feb 4, 2007 4:38 AM
8McHugh -- ouch. Most of the unis here don't even give you the courtesy of telling you they have received and are reviewing your application. I don't know why they're so rude, but it seems to be the case.
Our HR department is really big on publications right now, since they're looking for US accreditation. Assuming you've done the online application (they won't look at anything else), you still need to follow up with them. Were I you, I would highlight any scholarly activity you've done -- current/ongoing research, conference papers, demos, teacher training, clinic supervision (do you guys do that??) -- that could 'make up' for your lack of publications.
They won't come out and say it, but if you're single or -- even better -- have a spouse who is also employable by the university, they will perk up their ears. If you're childless and you've got that employable spouse, make sure you somehow work it into one of your follow up letters. With accomdation and benefits being astronomical these days, no school fees to pay and two teachers for the price of housing one could give you an edge.
Feb 4, 2007 10:27 PM
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