Thursday, August 21, 2008
Huh, look at this: U. of California Provost Heads to United Arab Emirates.

The UC system is freaking huge, with something like 190,000 students in it. It's also fairly prestigious - six of its ten campuses are ranked in the top 50 U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The thing that I don't get is this description from the article: "United Arab Emirates University, the Persian Gulf nation’s premier research institution" - personally I'd never even heard of UAEU until this article.

In fact, do people even call it UAEU? I'm being a bit presumptuous to even assume that!

And frankly, the wikipedia post leaves a little to be desired, too ...

But the funniest thing is that this Dr. Hume person is a dentist. His doctorate is in dentistry. Not in education, he's "Dr. Hume D.D.S."

He's probably not even "highly qualified" enough to teach at a public school in the States.

"Doctor". Ha!

The only thing more bogus than that would be if you received a honorary doctorate from a private, for-profit university that doesn't even have a doctoral program at any one of its eight campuses in six countries, and you still make people call you "Doctor __ ____".

But nobody would be that foolish.

Would they?
posted by Josh at 6:11 AM |


At August 21, 2008 7:39 PM, Blogger Tuan

or if you were a chiropractor. I am going to get my doctorate in reiki and make everyone call me Dr. Tuan D. Nguyen.... yes you'll have to say the middle initial too. I think I can get that at Unicorn Cove School of Metaphysics in Westbrook under the direction of Ahura Zakhuur Diliiza the "owner and headmaster, who instructs students in the metaphysical arts."