Huizhou University : Huizhou

A.K.A.  惠州学院
  (1.59/5.00)  |  16 Reviews
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Huizhou University : Huizhou is a Public, Non-Sectarian, Interdisciplinary, College established in 2000. The campus is located in Huizhou, Guangdong, China and hosts students with an endowment of $0 (2014).  
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Website:  www.hzu.edu.cn
Address:  Huizhou, Guangdong, 516007, China
Phone:  +86 752 252 9000
Email:  webmaster@hzu.edu.cn
Institution Type:  Public, Non-Sectarian, Interdisciplinary, College
Established:  2000
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Campus Endowment:  $0 (2014)
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Latitude:  23.037372
Longitude:  114.41838
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16 Student Reviews of Huizhou University : Huizhou

  • Avoid!

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • A place where to go and teach for 6,000 RMB when you have burned all your bridges back home and can’t get a job in McDonalds.

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    Nasty little place. Buildings are falling apart, and the place stinks.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Horrible

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • Crappy school

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • Needs improvement

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • I’d like to set the record straight about Huizhou University. I worked there for over 5 years teaching in two different departments.

    There is a lot of negative talk about this university on a few ESL forums including here. Let me tell you that most of these comments come from a disgruntled teacher (under different aliases) who taught here a few years ago. He had a leak in his ceiling which the university did not fix. Fair enough to complain, but as anyone who has lived in China knows, there are two ways to complain to your Chinese bosses: one is to politely ask for a solution to the problem. If the problem is not resolved after asking politely, then ask for a different solution to the problem, such as requesting a new apartment (I also had the same problem when I first moved here, and the FAO quickly moved me to a much nicer apartment) — two is to badger your boss with increasingly hostile or angry attempts. The second way, while in the west might get things done, is a complete no no in China. When you show anger or hostility in China, you are more likely to be ignored or even fired, as the disgruntled employee found out.

    Yes, Huizhou University is not a top university or even a second rate university in China. Yet, in the five plus years I was there, the university has progressed leaps and bounds. The students are a pleasure to teach, it all depends on how much you put into it and your attitude. One of the greatest things about teaching here is that the university gives you mostly free-range to decide on your lesson plan content and style you want to teach. Many universities in China are very stringent about the material taught by the foreign teachers, yet here the atmosphere is much more lax. Yes, this has its disadvantages of course such as not knowing what your departments expect from you or even knowing what the students expect. It is all up to you to give what you feel is good for both. I found that as long as the students are happy and don’t complain about you, the departments and FAO leave you alone to do as you wish.

    The rumours about the foreign teacher running the bar are all false except for one: he does own a bar off-campus. I know because I am that person. The comment saying it is a “topless bar” that encourages students to dress up in sexy outfits and attend parties is completely ridiculous. For one, there are no topless bars in China (that I know of) and two, I never once mentioned I had a business to my students or shamelessly advertised it. I kept a very tight lip about this to ensure my business and teaching never crossed one another. They didn’t. Of course, after awhile, some students found out about it and even came to bar to have a drink. They are consenting adults and if they want to make a decision to come to a safe western styled bar to have a drink and let off some stress, who am I to stop them? I never once encouraged them to come. The university knew of my business and let me run it, as long as it didn’t interfere with my teaching abilities. Many Chinese teachers also run side businesses here and they are under the same circumstance; don’t let it interfere with teaching priorities.

    It seems as if the disgruntled employee spreading malicious rumours has quite a sour taste in his mouth about his experience and he wants to pull everyone and everything associated with university down with him. I talked to him a few times when he worked here and he seemed nice and I was always kind to him as well. To my surprise, he has attacked me numerous times with his vitriol and lies in some strange, unjustified attempt to deface me.

    If you want to know what the real Huizhou University is like, please email me at lancetti84@gmail.com and I can give you a real, unbiased view about my experiences there. I will tell you the good and the bad like any of my other jobs and experiences anywhere. Otherwise, be careful what you read on the internet about HZU because it most likely came from one shameless mouth. I am not afraid to use my real name and give my real email here because I have nothing to hide, unlike him. Being an anonymous voice on the internet is like a child throwing rocks from a bridge to strangers on the path below, the thrill of hurting someone without repercussions is devilishly tempting. If you want to say negative things about the university and defame others associated with it, why hide if you are telling the truth? What is there to be ashamed of? I have only two words to describe this kind of behavior: cynical cowardliness.

    That said, I welcome constructive criticism and fairness on all sides of the argument and I believe HZU can and will learn from its past mistakes in order to make it a better university in the future.

    Regards,
    Lance H. Smith — Former teacher and friend of Huizhou University

    P.S. Wait for the cynical cowardliness, it may strike again at any time.

    Overall Score: (4.09/5.00)
  • I am going on my third year here. I asked to teach a course in electronic commerce and it was granted. I am also co-teaching a course in international economics. The Chinese instructor showed me which chapters to teach along with an additional optional chapter if I had the time. They are good chapters because they give basic information from which I have learned much.
    Students very good because we had a meeting before the course started.
    I also asked to have Monday morning free because of the teleconference events on Sunday night in my home country and it was scheduled as I requested.
    Last year I asked to teach a course in Organizational behavior and it was scheduled. I also continue to teach my favorite course in financial statement analysis. The Chinese teacher gives the course in Chinese, then I teach it in English so the students already understand the concepts; all they need to do is to learn the English.
    The school is at a good location being within 2 hours bus ride from Guangzhou and Shenzhen. I can go to social functions in Shenzhen and come back the same day.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • Teachers discriminated against, bullied, and mobbed at this 3rd grade college:

    1. An Australian teacher ridiculed by the administration for being a Muslim, fired mid-term
    2. A Japanese woman when she asked for her position to be kept during maternity leave told she was crazy, contract not renewed
    3. A Canadian teacher who complained about sewage leeking in his apartment from the apartment above for a whole year for “not keeping face” of the school, contract not renewed, money not paid in full according to contract
    4. An African American teacher mocked for being fat and told she was not a “real American”, contract not renewed, had to insist for 4 months to be paid last money owed
    5. A UK gay male teacher who refused to take part in the swindle “socialising” with local female divorcees with children organised by the college, contract not renewed

    Overall Score: (1.5/5.00)
  • Time to leave this place where I have worked for the last 50 years, sending many illegal immigrants to Canada

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • This place is a second grade industrial college, not a University. Don’t come here to study if you want a good job.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • Ah, the person who signs as “Regina”, an individual who forces students to buy her stupid books full of other people’s copyrighted images she doesn’t credit. The person who ascribes herself the title of a purported associated professor with just a 3-year BA degree in accounting (so nto even a chartered accountant).

    I guess if I were in the same position and were threatened by the administration if I do nothign to stave off the tidal wave of truth, I might perhaps do the same: lie, the way “Regina” lies.

    And what about shishwash hog wash? Which one are you? the “teacher” who gets his own students to work in his bar (is it a toipless bar, or just “trendy”, i.e. meant for elderly foreign visitors to pick up young female flesh)?

    Or that deranged 80 year old man who blabbers nonsense and acts as a purported leader off oreign teachers at biweekly hours long meetings?

    Or that French Canadian jerk married to the niece of the dean, who got paid while away in Canada for a year to do “promotion” — read vile propaganda against teachers who have left (the Euro-Canadian man, the African American woman, the British guy whom you accused of being a fake-Ph.D. holder) and the teacher who was sacked directly because of the French Canadian, the Palestinian Australian who once prayed in public as a Moslem (not in class, mind you)?

    Which one are you?

    Despicable, that whole disgusting business of yours…

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • I want to state first and foremost that I have lived and worked in Huizhou City for almost 12 years and five of those years I have worked at Huizhou University. The campus is abundant with trees in picturesque forest environment which is something we should be proud of. The administration has been more than kind to me and very supportive of all my extra work to enhance and promote this great city of Huizhou via by tourism books and magazine. As an associate professor here at the university I find it really humorous and also ridiculous that there are some who believe our teachers are involved in sex trade. I never heard of this.. rumors fly about all sorts of things.. A lot of talk but no proof. We may not be Beijing University, but the students I believe here to be just as nice and just as clever if not more because they work hard too with limited financial resources in some cases. I encourage those who are skeptics to come and visit our fair city and our great campus and see for themselves instead of listening to idle and misdirected gossip.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • I have been teaching finance at Huizhou University for 2 years and have had a really good time. I told the ecomonics department that I wanted to teach a class in financial statement analysis and it was arranged. The next term I asked if I could teach a class in e-business because I also like computer science and the computer science and economics department collaborated and arranged for me to teach a class in e-business. My business English classes have about 50 students in a “group” so I teach 25 students at 8am and the other 25 students at 10am. I teach “intonation” as part of my Bus Eng class which is very difficult for Chinese students because it is not part of the Chinese language so they work very hard to understand it. It is very hard work to teach it.

    The school has been working on upgrading it’s accommodations. I stayed in the university hotel for a year, which was a very nice place and close to the teacher cafeteria; free water, free internet, and free English TV. The next year, the school finally repaired some older apartments with fresh paint and new furniture, so I live in a very nice, very spacious apartment. I need to post a few pics.

    Overall Score: (4/5.00)
  • Avoid at all cost!

    不惜一切代價,避免惠州學院

    Make sure never to go to this horrible place where 40% teachers leave after 6 months or at most a year and the rest are doing shady business including trafficking of Chinese girls to foreign countries who suddenly lose all contact with their families (a very un-Chinese way to behave).

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • The only good thing about this place is that a bar downtown – see here: http://www.shenzhenstuff.com/profile/LanceHSmith and here: http://thatsmags.com/prd/article/view/12144 , is run by one of the teachers – see here: http://en.hzu.edu.cn/n131c18.shtml and here: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lance-smith/43/28b/2a9 and that makes for a nice escapoe from this dreary, dirty place – see here: http://www.tefljobsoverseas.com/tefl-teachers?id=113246 (this was written by a teacher who left to teach at a much better university in Guangzhou, after Huizhou University stole his money.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • There has been one teacher here who is very good and committed, Mr. Miodrag. Most others teachers are lazy, not very knowlegeable and interested in teaching. However, the adminsitration managed to drive Mr. Miodrag away with the very bad way they treated him, so he now works at Sun Yat Sen University (Zhong Da), the best university of all in our Guangdong, and we are left with a dozen not very professional teachers who make fools of themselves and four or five have their own students or former students for girlfriends. It is a great success for a girl from some small village to get to be a girlfriend of the teacher. But not everythign is so bad, because one of our students won a Miss Bikini China contest and our university put it on their web page, because it is a great success. I hope to win a Miss Bikini also one day.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)

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