By The Legend 27
AUM News Weekly has just received this very interesting contribution and is now publishing it as such with very few minor edits. Food for thought, dear readers!
This university (AUMNewsWeekly Note: AUM) is getting more and more desperate every single day. They are swallowing students by the thousands and have no employees to back it up. No PhD teachers are even applying. All the applicants are very weak. Fresh graduates who either haven’t researched the place well or they had no other choice. The Purdue affiliation thing is one of the biggest scams in history. Just like Trump University in the United States. The contract has been made public. AUM, everything is out there. Even the students are out there talking about the blogs and laughing about what a joke this university has been all along. All these ads are out there to cover the twisted education system that it has turned into.
And now, since AUM is doing an illegal and unauthorized “investigation” and unethical hiding of their dark secrets, also, auditors got interested in the actions of AUM. They started investigating. And what did they find? Delicious pies. Absolutely delicious pies. You can smell it so easily.
In this link you will find the financial report of Purdue of 2016:
The auditors have seen that the contract between AUM and “Purdue” have a 1 million USD commitment per year. Alright, let’s see where is that money… oh wait… The financial report does not mention any 7 digit numbers. Not under non-operating revenue or any other contract revenue. Where did the money go? If AUM still claims that it has an affiliation with Purdue, it means that the money is still being paid. But even in 2014 and 2015, the money is not there. Why??? Where is the money??? Where did it go??? This is the big question. Could it be that people from inside Purdue management have got in The Big Game? Are they new characters or new Houses that are involved in this war. Well, logically thinking, a university such as Purdue won’t give affiliation that easily. They have to be involved in the research and of course gaining money and a percentage of revenue by AUM. But no, Human Soft is enjoying a 54 Million KWD equivalent to 170 Millions USD in 2016 alone. Imagine if Purdue and the Government of the United States know about this scam that is happening. 10% of that money can finance all the research at Purdue. So, what if someone who was close to AUM, who somehow saw an opportunity, to have a win-win situation with an unknown educational institute that can easily call itself “American” at the Ministry of Commerce of Kuwait because somehow, American Education should be worshiped and people would be easily persuaded. Hey, it’s an opportunity. Who would miss that? They can do small unnoticed actions at Purdue and divide the money between few people who know that they won’t harm the respected Purdue University. But what they don’t know is that they are in the big game now. They can’t leave. They are avoiding all connections now. Because if they were caught, they would be in court in the USA.
The game is much bigger than everyone thinks. There are a lot of things that are hidden. Very very dark secrets. Someone should write reports to all the media in the US, call all the newspapers, all the magazines. They would love a story like that. Purdue itself has to be investigated. The people have to know. AUM needs to be sold or managed by someone else who is a professional academic and a professor. But first the curtains have to go down to reveal more dark secrets.
Disclaimer: The contents of this post do not intend to harm or harass any person, company, or institution of any kind. This post is intended to spread awareness and rejection of actions that are labeled as illegal in the International Human Rights Act, Kuwait Constitution Rights, and the Labor Law of Kuwait.
Our reporters have inquired about AUM’s Purdue affiliation.
Here is what Purdue have replied to us:
From: Arola, Heidi
08.XX.20XX at 11:30
Dear Professor XXXXXXXXXX
Purdue does have an affiliation agreement with AUM which means that we provide faculty consultants to assist AUM design, implement and assess curricula. We are not involved in their daily affairs nor are we involved in their hiring practices. We do not currently have a credit transfer or direct faculty exchange program.
I hope this answers your questions.
Kind regards, Heidi
Managing Director for Global Partnerships
Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships
“All our syllabi and currucula come from Purdue. That is why it takes so long for anything to get approved. It is because when you submit your documents, they all go to Purdue for approval.”
This is what AUM faculty are told every semester when they ask why it takes so long for someone to approve their syllabus. Many of the newly terminated people are witnesses how teaching for the semester began without a ready syllabus. This has continued for the past year. Faculty do not know if their assessments and material are approved. They show up in the classrooms with nothing to give to students but a few general words on classroom discipline and what the course is broadly about. All of them are told that Purdue is responsible for these delays. In this way, AUM undermines the image of Purdue internationally.
The Meek, ex-Dean of Engineering, used to tell us how “Purdue decides everything and AUM can only propose changes and then wait for approval.” And when confronted privately by our informant about this lie, he claimed “It is Fahad Al Othman who made me lie to you. I was only doing my job and could not say no.”
It seems that Fahad Al Othman called The Meek to his office right after he let the Hookah Master go. The Meek heard The Man Himself and the Lady D shout at the Hookah Master “you ruined this university”. Now, after we have all heard of the recent terminations and resignations, we would like to ask again. Who exactly is ruining the university? Is it not its own management?
A new correspondent we will call Dr Flowers writes:
According to the agreement, Purdue only provides advice when asked. That advice does not have to followed.
The agreement explicitly forbids faculty to claim that their work is in any way affiliated with Purdue.
The agreement makes it clear that there is no benefit to students and that students should not be mislead on this or any other point.
Folks wanting specific answers to such questions can query Purdue directly by writing to Purdue’s Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships. If they do not respond (unlikely), anyone can file a Freedom of Information Act Request regardless of your place of residency or your passport. AUM will, in this case, learn who filed the request, so choose wisely. And they will begin pinging your social media accounts.
Further, to those looking for jobs and commenting on these posts: whilst you may not like the racism, mysogyny, and general anger are expressed on these blogs, you should take into account that these will be your colleagues if you join AUM. If you look up similar uni’s in Kuwait, you will note that this level of rancor does not exist.
Further, AUM fired none of the people who they claim to have fired in at least the last two years. They have ended contracts, which is a whole other thing under Kuwaiti law. Had they been fired, they would have had the ability to sue the university. Many have been told that the university has proof of that they have committed grave crimes, the university does not have ‘proof’ of anything. They mean to scare you. If these things were true, they’d have been obliged to call the police. Where these accusations might be true, AUM would be complicit in allowing them to happen and would be themselves investigated.
I do think you should publish the employee contract as well, including lies and illegal bits.
My best to all of you. I need to go write a final.
We decided to release the agreement between the Institution and #Purdue. Along with it, we are asking some questions.
Purdue is supposed to have an advisory relationship with the Institution. Was Purdue’s opinion asked on a sylabus that is over 12 pages in length and contains spelling and grammar mistakes? Was Purdue’s opinion asked when it came to the recruitment of below average faculty and the firing of top-notch faculty? Why are not job applications to the Institution run via Purdue’s recruitment portal as for other American-affiliated universities in the Middle East? Where are the “North American standards” referred to in this agreement? Is tracking attendance at 8 am sharp, time spent in the loo, and a military regime a measure for a North American standard?
Which courses at the Institution are implemented with Purdue approaches? Professors claim to teach outdated courses with outdated books, and are limited or censored in the use of materials. How does the admissions system guarantee a North American standard? Is there transparency in the admission tests rolled out by the Institution? Do professors know what kind of tests these are and what their content is? Who grades these? Who decides on the pass grades?
How is the Institution helping #Purdue with research? Have any students benefited from study abroad schemes in relation to #Purdue? Have any of them been to #Purdue? What about faculty? Any exchanges carried out for teaching and research? What kinds of training on the job does Purdue provide to staff and faculty? What are the joint educational developments, women programs and other initiatives mentioned in this agreement? Why is there no trace of them at the institution?
We would like to know, on behalf of all workers at the Institution, what is done with the money that goes out to Purdue. We would like to have genuine transparency and demand to see evidence of ethical use of these funds. While the present Provost demands accountability for coming at 8 am sharp and gives out warnings for 5 minutes lateness, we demand accountability for the amounts in US dollars mentioned in this agreement.
Why hasn’t this agreement been made public? What is the anature of the other agreements that exist between the two institutions? The Institution calls itself student-oriented. In what respect is this agreement honoring students when the Purdue name and logo cannot be used on their certificates and diplomas? Why is the logo use limited to marketing materials? Is this not an unethical manipulation of the truth?
We demand evidence as to the non-discrimination on gender, race and specifically passport country at #AUM. For this we demand the public release of the salary scales and every teaching and nonteaching staff member at the Institution. We demand to know how the calculation of the salary is done and why faculty with 20 years of teaching have a lower salary than faculty with 5 years of teaching. Is this based on nationality? If this agreement guarantees nondiscrimination on the basis of religion, why is there no Christmas break for faculty while there is one for students?
These are some of the questions that can be asked by reading this agreement. There are many others. #AUM should realise that there is a need for a complete overhaul of its structures and practices, including academic freedom and managerial honesty. It is high time it started enforcing the transparency it claims to have.