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Vietnam in Asia (University): Eastern International University (EIU) - International University - VietnamEastern International University (EIU) is a international university located in Binh Duong New City, Vietnam.

 

Address: Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Hoa Phu ward, Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province, Binh Duong New City, Vietnam.

Website: Eastern International University (EIU)

5.0/5 from 3 ratings.
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1 rating(s).
EIU, a good place to get some experience and make some money
4 years ago.
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I worked at EIU for several years, and while initially it suffered from some of the issues mentioned by other reviewers, by the time I left (2015) things had changed drastically. The student body and number of faculty members had grown considerably (about 50 language teachers and maybe 500 students). The quality of both also seemed to change over the time I was there. Firstly, the entry test became more stringent and I think maybe the recruitment strategy improved, since we seemed to be getting students with real ambition and ability. More managers were put in place, and there seemed to be a “w*e*ing out “ of lazy, semi-retired teachers (no offence to anyone!) who didn’t really know what they were doing. So I agree that this place did have problems, but they were mostly dealt with and I guess or hope that is still true today. The salary, free accommodation and general teaching conditions were far better than anything I had experienced before or, sadly, since. There were plenty of opportunities for professional development, including IELTS examiner training, workshops and seminars. Brand new buildings (although some air conditioning and whiteboard problems were a nuisance sometimes) and a bunch of friendly, qualified and supportive staff and managers really made the place agreeable to work in. I feel like some of the negative reviewers either have no other work experience to compare with, or perhaps personal grievances against either the institution or the country. It must be said that Vietnam is not always an easy place to live, but when you choose the TEFL lifestyle you can’t expect everywhere you stay to match the culture and ways of your home country. In addition, quite a lot is expected of teachers and this really isn’t a place to kick back and chill, with regular observations and strict rules concerning office hours and absences. Taken as a whole I think this is a great place to get ahead and save some serious cash in the bargain. Check out their website http://eiuenglish.weebly.com/
The pros
Excellent salary, CPD, small classes, new facilities, nice students, large faculty, nice grounds
The cons
Very isolated, culture clash with local staff can occur, strict rules and teaching standards
Advice to Management
More input form teacxhers and middle management in decions
Institution Location
Binh duong
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Former teacher
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1 rating(s).
4 helpful voted.
Not worth it
4 years ago.
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My experience working at Eastern International University (EIU) was extremely negative, to say the least. The lack of communication, complete disorganization, and nonexistent educational standards are three of the biggest problems within this institution. Even though I was only employed there for a little less than a year, problems arose from day one of my being hired. In the department where I was teaching, there are no schemas of work, learning objectives, marking standards, or even a set curriculum provided for any of the classes being taught. The information being presented by the different lecturers often contradicted each other, causing confusion and a loss of confidence amongst students for their instructors. The manager of this department was also consistently absent and extremely difficult to get a hold of. This manager also did not appoint a provost or department heads so lecturers were often not able to get class issues or problems resolved.


Management also discourages open int*r*epartmental and external departmental communication. In my specific case, it was implied that I was not to consult my co-teacher for advice on a new class that I was asked to create. I later discovered that the manager had previously asked my co-teacher to design this class but was not satisfied with the results because the manager thought it was “too difficult” for the students to understand. Instead of informing my co-teacher of his concerns, the manager kept my co-teacher in the dark about coming to me with this project. This eventually caused unnecessary tension and confusion between the two of us, which is not a good way to start a working relationship. This attitude even extended to consulting teachers in other departments as well. I was implicitly told by human resources not to discuss my lessons or anything related to EIU standards or protocol with teachers in other departments. I was also told to “keep my distance” from them in social settings as well, even though we lived within walking distance of each other and often ran into one another outside of work. As a result, teachers and staff from all departments are extremely wary and distrusting of each other. Instead of promoting unity and harmony, upper management perpetuates an atmosphere of discord and sus*i*ion.


The bald-face lies and complete lack of communication told by human resources were the catalysts that caused me to leave EIU. It is common practice by HR staff to use the argument, “This is how things are done in Vietnam” or “the contract is not binding” so that they can backpedal on a previously agreed upon point. For instance, before I arrived, I was assured in writing that I would be allowed to take Christmas holidays off in December without any problem. As soon as I turned in my annual leave request a month later, however, I was told I had to work those two weeks, the argument being that Christmas is not guaranteed in our contract. The contract, however, DID state that Christmas Day is a paid holiday. When I pointed that out to HR, I was told that the “contract is not binding”, which totally contradicts the purpose of a contract. This kind of manipulation and deception is rampant in HR and I have had to deal with them being untruthful about delays in my work permit processing (up to six months), mistakes in my police background check (had to change hotels twice before these mistakes were fixed), and visa status (unaware of new government rules and standards at the time).


Not all of it was negative, there were definitely a few positives that came out of this experience. The salary in the department where I worked was very good, allowing me to live quite comfortably and travel in and out of the country. Most of the students are very sweet and lovely. They were my main motivation in going forward amidst the problems this institution has. These factors, however, were not enough to get me to stay. Eventually the other problems became so large and intolerable that I felt I had no choice but to cut my losses and leave.
The pros
Students are generally considerate, sweet, and hard-working.
Salary was very reasonable.
The cons
No educational standards applied or set, including schemas or work, curriculum, goals, and guidelines.
Very poor management and leadership skills in HR and senior staff.
Lack of support and professionalism in both academic and HR related issues.
Advice to Management
Elect a department chair or provost with the necessary academic and management qualifications to help establish academic goals, bring about unity among the facility, and resolve issues when the vice dean is unavailable. Hire curriculum designers, preferably with many years of experience, to assist lecturers and set an overall class standard for the course catalog.
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1 rating(s).
7 helpful voted.
EIU - a place to avoid if you are serious about teaching
4 years ago.
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I worked for Easter International University (EIU) for only a short period of time, but I have been teaching at universities in Asia for a long time and if I knew then what I know now, I would never have accepted a contract at EIU.  Indeed, it was an extremely stressful, frustrating and ultimately expensive experience.

Upper management could best be described as inefficient, inexperienced,  inept and generally disinterested.  Departmental management  is focused on keeping and increasing a position of power, displaying little interest or knowledge of actual managerial practices or educational standards. The administrative staff, including those dealing with visas, work permits and immigration issues,  are inexperienced and disinterested, spending more time at lunch and watching videos on their computers than doing actual work. There is no transparency and little honesty. Covering up mistakes, frequently at the cost of the teachers, is common practice and in fact seems to be quite acceptable. There were mistakes made with the drafting of my contract, immigration paperwork, family visas and reference letter - all of which in the end I had to pay for, one way or another. The payment and vacation structures, as well as resignation terms, are  twisted to suit the personal whims of management and administration staff - again at the expense of the teachers. Complaining to HR is futile, as complaints from teachers are all reverted back to the manager, including complaints about management and are then studiously ignored, making the process extremely frustrating. There are many English teachers (around 50, from many different countries, at the time of wring this) at EIU and in general they are nice to be around, but the strong drinking culture, combined with the fact that teachers all live in the same isolated apartment complex (more or less compulsory), often leads to negativity and drama in the huge shared office.

The list of complaints I have from my time at EIU is a long tale of endless frustration and stress and I am happy to have moved on, despite the fact that the students were fun to be around and I made some great friends while in Bihn Duong. If you are considering working at EIU, be careful and be sure to make an informed decision! The sugarcoating and dishonesty already starts during the interview phase.

 
The pros
Some interesting and friendly co-workers (English teachers).
One can learn quite a bit about teaching IELTS prep, if you prepared to do some self-studying (no real PD).
The cons
Management, lack of support structure and more. Read my review...
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