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Girne American University Reviews

Updated 11 September 2017
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  1. "Problemmatic GAU Canterbury Satellite Extension"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Girne American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Canterbury and historic city context

    Cons

    There is absolutely nothing American or even European about this Turkish/N Cypriot-run establishment. Beware. Lots of hype, marketing and branding but little substance! One of the few venues allowing easy UK access to students from the Middle East and North Africa. Serious ethical concerns.

    Advice to Management

    More education and experience in higher education at the international level would certainly help. Ethics, ethics, ethics.


  2. "Girne American University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Girne American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perfect Working Environment and conditions

    Cons

    could engage better with research center


  3. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Girne American University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best in Girne American University

    Cons

    I have been working at Girne American University for 5 years. Although initially frightening the economic conditions of Cyprus, it offered quality living with luxurious apartments allocated to teaching staff. This made me very happy both economically and socially. I quickly joined up with my teammate with the meeting party that Human Resources organized for me and I felt myself belonging to this institution. I am so happy that I am a member of the GAU big family.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty of Law


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "nope.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Girne American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Near beach and benefit of working with eager to learn students.

    Cons

    - Salary is very low compared to environmental and living expenses.
    - Overworking at all costs and getting questionable deductions from salary.
    - Although it is an '' American '' University, a vast majority of students cannot speak a word of english.
    - It is a profit-driven institution
    - capital investment does not exist. Bad or old or no equipment. Requests and interests are not considered.
    - Teachers do secretary work and also the work of student affairs, where they register students courses.
    - Too many students not enough teachers
    - There are no raises
    - Staff and lecturers are not trusted by management
    - School facilities is terrible, old and damaged computers, some computers running fake software.
    - Constant problem with registered student courses, a lot of students taking same lessons with a different name.
    - School buses are ALWAYS full, and I mean 'cannot close the door' full.
    - Having to be at school every single day from 9-5 , even though you don't have classes.
    - When you ask why something is the way it is you get the typical answer of ''Welcome to GAU'' or '' This is Cyprus''
    - Lecturers are disposable and regularly change staff to keep the flow of low payment.
    - You will have to make up for classes on the weekends for the days you missed WITH a doctors note. If you don't have a note then the days get docked. (Still have to make up for those classes)
    - Very little regard for educational standards / solely focused on profit.

    Advice to Management

    Shut it down.


  6. Helpful (1)

    ""Money-raising scam and scheme to cheat students and teachers alike""

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kyrenia (Cyprus)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kyrenia (Cyprus)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Girne American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back Mediterranean island living

    Cons

    The below quote probably describes this institution (and others on the island) very well:

    '[The author writes] a hilarious surreal account of life as a university
    professor at a dysfunctional university in the Turkish Republic of Northern
    Cyprus. On the beautiful island of Cyprus, little works as you expect it to, from
    the primitive plumbing to the maniacal university bus service. The American
    Institute of Cyprus is a seat of higher learning like no other. The place is
    chaotically organised for the students who attend class only if they feel like it.
    They cheat on their exams, photocopy textbooks illicitly with university
    approval, and deliberately fail their courses to avoid military service.
    Meanwhile, the management spends its time devising all sorts of ingenious
    money-raising scams and schemes to cheat students and teachers alike, while the
    AIC owner’s business strategy is to sell as many university degrees as he can
    alongside his cake shops and motorcycle franchises. But then, as everyone says,
    “this is Cyprus,” an Edenic Mediterranean paradise where everyone is on the
    make and the only guiding principle is “money is money".'

    Advice to Management

    Get serious and look to western modes of higher education.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "once upon a GAU"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Girne American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    working in a nice holiday city, closeness to the beach and restaurants...

    Cons

    everything needs to be revised reconsidered

    Advice to Management

    LIsten to the employees. Dissatisfied or disinterested employees leads to stagnation. Motivate people by listening their needs, creating/maintaining a positive work environment, cooperation and continuity.