University of South Queensland Dubai hits back :: 7DAYS
It is understood that many of the complaints related to the University’s local partner, and with help from KV [Knowledge Village], a potential replacement was found. But a senior official at the University alleged that the free zone then tried to change the conditions of the licence. Under the original deal, the University and the local partner each had a licence from KV.And from today's Gulf News we read:
“KV had initially suggested a local partner and after the University had invested substantially toward setting up an alternative arrangement KV just reversed its policy and said it would not provide a separate licence to the local partner.
It was a complete turnaround,” said the source, who asked not to be identified. A statement from the University described the new policy as: “an unacceptable change in position by KV as it shifts all the financial risk of the campus to USQ."
The reason given by DKV for closing USQD was academic quality. USQD, however, told Gulf News: "Each term the quality of teaching was evaluated by students and the Chief Academic Officer … on many occasions [faculty] performance was above the USQ average. "Unfortunately, DKV never asked for any evidence of teaching ability, but listened only to complaints from disgruntled students."
In response DKV told Gulf News during an investigation it identified "several shortcomings including lack of direct control from USQ Australia, which had an impact on management and academic quality". This resulted in a much higher student failure rate in its Dubai campus compared to its parent campus in Australia, the statement said.