I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer vacation, except of course, the poor working staff of AUM whom are still working there and seeking jobs, the new employees, and the ones freed from their chains. Also, the –well deserved—poor management which is trying to catch the brave blogs and catch whoever is leaking information from inside the golden castle.
The story this week would be about AUM itself and how it began. First of all let’s talk about the foundation of the problem itself. In 2007-2009, Kuwait has faced a problem in which is the growth rate of graduate high school students in Kuwait. Usually, according to constitution of Kuwait, the country has to fund and teach its citizens. Students used to go either to GUST (a real education institute that AUM hates so much), ACK (a real Australian University), AUK (A real American University and accredited by many organization and is related to the American Education Fund), some minor educational institutions, The Public Authority for Applied Education & Training, or of course Kuwait University. Before HUMANSOFT established AUM, it was dependent on Expression Training Center and New Horizon, both training institutes; and that’s why you have AUM using the training methods instead of actual education, they are just a bigger scale of the previous companies they established. In 2009, Kuwait University couldn’t keep up with seats during that time and saw that the problem was going to get bigger and bigger until 2010-2011, the problem became a real threat and that was the time, AUM had its first huge building in 2012. So the country had to either send them abroad or wait in line for the next seats to be available at Kuwait University. So that made a huge problem in the country. The problem was going to get worse year by year. HUMANSOFT and other private universities went to get their accreditation from the government and ministry of education so they can proceed. AUM at that time was just ACM; a small institute that gives diplomas for low level graduates and anyone who had money in fact. In 2008 during the great global recession, the market was affected and the AUM dream went to fade for a little. But, in 2010-2011, that dream came back after Al-Ahli bank agreed to provide the necessary loans for HUMANSOFT after they saw how much of a big project this would be considering the space of the land that was provided. In 2012, that dream came to reality and the first building was finished and ready to operate in September 2012.
But now, you would say “why didn’t the government build a bigger space for Kuwait University?” well, they are. But in 2008, one of the companies that are doing this mega project had a crisis, which is mostly related to big families in Kuwait and until this day, they are suffering. The project of the new campus of Kuwait University is gigantic; one of the biggest in the region. The project is the most expensive university in HUMAN HISTORY! Worth more than 10 BILLION DOLLARS! As you can see, that this project is very very huge and the government is waiting for it to be finished, well, that was in 2012 after postponing the deadline until it reached 2018. The company now is losing and a lot of problems are there, you think AUM is bad? Imagine not getting paid your salary for 12 months at least and not being able to even resign. This has added a lot of motivation for AUM to get this opportunity. Very smart indeed, however, when you only think about money without proper education, well, that’s just unethical, don’t you think? The project timeline to finish is 2025 at least according to our intel in the market. Yes, we have connections in high positions and people who won’t just stand still while AUM ruins education in this country, plus, it’s bad for business for other areas in Kuwait. It is a fact that this university will stand still no matter what because of their enormous capacity and the number of seats they have and allowed by the PUC each year. There is no choice. However, AUM is getting pressed on because of the bad level of management that is happening and blogs that are exposing the bad management. AUM will soon face difficulties in hiring people. The students won’t stop coming because they don’t have a choice, neither does the PUC, so the only solution for this university is to actually give the management to someone who is capable. Ask the help from Purdue University, they can provide you with advice, but the management already knows that such interventions means cutting down the number of seats, increasing the number of staff, invest in research, and collaborate with local institutes. Of course, any scholar or academic level person would understand, but for this university, it means, having lower profits which is bad for them.
I would like to conclude with these facts to the management of the university. Focus on the long term goal of the university, profits of the university is not an indication of its success, lead by example and not with fear, think about the future of Kuwait and the students you are providing the country with to build its future, don’t over glorify the place without glorifying the actual programs you are providing, invest more in the employees; stop running the place like a business, this is a university, let academic people lead the place.
Also, a message to the blogs, I hope everyone feels well after they were freed from this university or has found a better place for their talents. We request the blogs to tune it down a little bit, throwing insults does not make you professional, we feel you, and we understand you. In the end, everything will be alright. Posting insults or taking pictures of the “enemies” is making your cause harder. If you find any information from the inside that we might or might not know, you can post and share. Some information was actually very useful to us. Our team will have a meeting soon to discuss the latest updates, if you have any updates with you, please share. It is your right of freedom of speech.
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