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Our Alumni, Our Ambassadors

Canadian University Dubai alumni are the pride of the University and the best ambassadors of our institution.

The CUD Alumni Office aims to develop, sustain and expand opportunities for our alumni, by connecting them with former classmates, colleagues, professors, and the University community in general, to establish valuable social and professional networks.

Our Alumni office supports and promotes:

  • Opportunities to reconnect with fellow graduates and University personnel and to support their alma mater in a meaningful way;

  • Opportunities for career development through lifelong learning (postgraduate study, short courses offered by our Corporate Training services etc.);

  • Access to employment opportunities;

  • Recognition, promotion and utilization of professional skills, experience, status and knowledge;

  • Access to a global alumni community where membership provides unique benefits and services.

Calling our Alumni – You can Make a Difference

Here’s how: Whether you have gone on to earn another degree, get a better job, or enrich your life in other ways, you are living proof of the power of education at CUD. You can share this power with current students who are pursuing the same goal as you, and be a part of their success.

You can work with us to:

  • Mentor current students by serving as role models and advisors;

  • Help strengthen our programs by volunteering on a committee;

  • Increase awareness and financial support for Canadian University Dubai;

  • Recognize and honor graduates who have succeeded in their careers;

  • Share ideas to strengthen educational and cultural activities on campus.

  • To ensure that you are informed about all activities and events at Canadian University Dubai and among our alumni community, please send or update your contact details, by sending us an email at

Alumni Giving

If you’d like to give back to the University community and contribute to the education of current and future students of Canadian University Dubai, either financially, or in kind, please contact us on

Alumni Events and Activities

The Alumni Office works to promote interaction between its members, as well as with the University, and can help facilitate events and activities that provide both formal and informal opportunities to meet.

Social Events

  • Alumni reunion dinner;

  • Forming an alumni team for sporting games;

  • Sports gatherings including tennis, golf, volleyball, soccer, etc.;

  • Formal or semi-formal dinners or receptions;

  • Outdoor activities including, group hike, biking, picnic or cookout, boating, etc.

  • Volunteering/Community Service Events

  • Volunteer day;

  • Work with local non-profit organizations on community-based day projects, such as park/community clean ups, support for local shelters, assistance in local schools;

  • Volunteer as a group to help at a community charity fundraiser;

  • Sign up for a community walk/run.

  • Professional/Personal Development & Continuing Education

  • Events featuring CUD alumni speakers, professors, or local speakers, incorporating a social hour and/or Q&A session, with a focus on higher education topics, diverse events, or topics relevant to the alumni group.

  • A local career day program, including alumni representatives from local organizations, highlighting current opportunities.

  • Professional speaker events on a personal development topic: stress management, time management, career management, emotional awareness, etc.

  • An alumni series, where members of the chapter share knowledge and expertise in their fields that are relevant to the group: personal finance, marketing tools, technology tips, etc.

  • Recruitment/Student Support

  • Welcome receptions or event for new alumni or interns;

  • Tour of a local company, organization, plant, or facility for interns or alumni who are new to the area;

Please register your interest at

Canadian University Dubai Hosts Award Ceremony for Graduate Students’ Poster Competition Winners

Figure [1]: The Judges

June 30th, 2019: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has recognized the winners of the 2nd Graduate Students’ Poster Competition at an award ceremony held on June 20th at the Shangri La Hotel. The event was an informal gathering for students, faculty, management and industry experts, to network and to celebrate participants’ achievements throughout the Competition. The ceremony was also attended by CUD VPA Dr. Mohammed Djedi, external judges of the Competition, and Dr. Ahmed Eltigani El Mansouri, CEO of Al Rawabi Dairy.

The 2nd Graduate Students’ Poster Competition was staged to engage students and faculty members in collaborations to develop innovative ideas that have the potential to benefit wider society. Fostering a culture of self-appraisal, the challenge aimed to enhance the competitive edge of participating students through discussion and interaction, while cultivating ideas that could improve the business management landscape. The competition was organized by academics from the Faculty of Management; Dr. Marc Poulin, Dr. Elgilani Elshareif and Dr. Abdel Ghani Mehailia.

The projects developed addressed areas of concern within the students’ scope of studies, such as General Management, Finance (Conventional/Islamic), Marketing, HRM, and IT, as well as other areas of interest. The projects demonstrated students’ application of knowledge, skills, and competency gained from their studies. The ideas they developed from their findings and methodologies were presented to a panel of external judges and their peers.

The external judging panel comprised of Mr. Shehzad Janab, Chief Investment Officer at Al Ramz Corporation; Wafa Taymour, Chief Operating Office at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre; and Mr. Hashem Salem, General Manager, at Alowais Group. Several different awards were presented at the ceremony, in Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories.

The Competition winners were

Platinum Award:

  • "Importance of Employee Engagement in the workplace" - Marwa Abbas Mairza, and Gaukharay Argimbayeva

  • "IT Governance in SEWA" - Eman Al Harthi

  • "Is Walt Disney worth investing in 2019?" - Hamda Jassim Sabt, Maryam Al Dhuhoori, Shaikha Aman Ali, Khadija Al Shehhi, and Alzahra Al Shehhi

  • "A cross generational perspective on achieving work life integration" - Noura Itani

Gold Award winners:

  • "The UAE Paradigm shift to renewable energy, exploration & analysis" - Vikram Kesari and Foteini Lavda

  • "Energy consumption impact on economy growth" - Asma Al Shamsi and Behzad Mehrpour Sheijani

  • "Impact of oil consumption on UAE Economy" - Marwa Abbas Mairza and Gaukharay Argimbayeva

  • "The impact of 5G technology on Digital Transformation of education sector" - Mohd Wassim Fadloun

Silver Award winners:

  • "Local & Regional events effect on tourism industry and on the Egyptian Economy Project" - Mohammed Tarek Elshamy

  • "Behavioral Inclination in the Airline Industry in the case of Boeing" - Ramzi Fares and Eduardo Roquinza

  • "Increasing probability within the constraint of recent challenges: the case of Facebook" - Saeed Al Khalifi, Maryam Almusallam, and Noora Lootah

Bronze Award winners:

  • "The impact of Ethical Violation and Agency Problem on Nissan’s financial problems" - Bassam Al Khameri

  • "Blockchain and Governance" - Alia Al Marri

Figure [2]: The Event
Figure [3]: The Winners
Figure [4]: The Speech
Figure [5]: The Winners

Amal Darwish AlZarooni, a recent graduate of Canadian University Dubai (CUD), has been recognized among the most outstanding students from UAE universities at a reception hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Amal graduated in April with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, specializing in Public Relations, from the University’s Arabic program stream. With a CGPA of 3.93, she was selected as one of the top UAE national students from universities and military colleges across the Emirates.

The top university students, along with the best four grade 12 high school students, were greeted by Sheikh Mohammed at a special Iftar held during the holy month of Ramadan. The reception took place in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Speaking at the gathering, Sheikh Mohammed congratulated the students on their outstanding performance and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in their future academic and professional lives.

Amal said, “It is an honor to be recognized among the top local students and it was a privilege to meet His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, who gave us all some inspiring and encouraging words.”

Figure [5]: Amal Darwish AlZarooni hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

CUD Graduate Students Visit Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange

Figure [6]: Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX)

A delegation of 30 students and faculty members from the School of Graduate Studies at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has paid a visit to the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX), to gain a firsthand insight into the operations of the Capital’s financial hub.

Organized by Associate Professor, Dr. Elgilani Elshareif, the visit was part of a practical learning experience for students of the MBA Managerial Finance and Corporate Finance courses. It also contributed to the continuous efforts of ADX to enhance investment awareness among university students.

During the visit, the delegation was taken on a tour of the exchange and received a presentation on the UAE capital markets. They were informed about the role and activities of the Exchange, its procedures, trading operations and mechanisms, the e-services it performed, as well as its notable achievements.

The students also gained an insight into the innovations operating at the Exchange, including “Sahmi”, a smart kiosk that offers a range of electronic services. ADX is the first exchange in MENA to implement the technology, which can issue new investor number in 60 seconds while also allowing for modification of existing investors’ details and obtaining financial reports and investment statements.

MBA student Nadya Al Arif, who works in Dubai Customs’ finance department, said the visit provided an interesting insight into the workings of ADX. She revealed, “I’ve only previously seen the stock exchange setting on TV so it was fascinating to witness it first hand and to be immersed in a real-life investment environment helped to bring our learning to life.”

Figure [7]: Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX)
Figure [8]: Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX) Attendees
Figure [9]: MBA student Nadya Al Arif

2nd Graduate Students' Poster Exhibition

Figure [10]: Poster Exhibition

Join us for the Graduate Students’ Poster Exhibition, where our MBA & MITGov students will be presenting their innovative ideas that could benefit society.

The event is open to ALL

June 11th - 15th | Hall C

Date 11-06-2019 12:00 PM — 15-06-2019 18:00 PM

CUD Hosts Graduate Student Networking Event

Figure [10]: The Event

Students and faculty of the Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Technology Management and Governance programs at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have come together with professionals from local corporations at a meet and greet event to support networking and among graduate students and promote collaboration between the University and business communities.

Representatives from CUD’s two graduate programs, many of them senior executives themselves, took the opportunity to meet with their peers and faculty members in an informal setting, and also to extend their professional networks by connecting with other local business professionals.

Dr. Rachid Alami, Director of the graduate studies programs at CUD said, “The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for students to meet with each other outside the classroom and find out more about their different professional as well as cultural backgrounds. We were also pleased to welcome members of the local business community, some of whom were looking to become MBA candidates themselves.”

One such guest, local business owner, Moneed Ghumman, said, “I’ve been considering registering for an MBA at CUD, so this event was a great opportunity for me to find out more about the program from both a faculty and student perspective.”

Figure [11]: The Students
Figure [12]: The Event
Figure [13]: The Meeting of the Faculty and Professionals


The Department of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Management offers a unique combination of programs founded on Canadian curriculum and education principles, and adapted to take account of the local business environment.

Our flagship Master of Business Administration is delivered with concentrations in Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing, offering students the opportunity to specialize in discreet business disciplines at executive professional level. Students can also elect to earn a double concentration by pursuing two specializations.

The unique Master in Information Technology Management and Governance program was established to meet the growing demand for executive education that combines the principles of business with the demands and opportunities presented by modern technology. It offers students the opportunity to advance their careers into lucrative leadership roles that require expertise in both enterprise and IT.

Located in the heart of Dubai’s downtown business district, CUD provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop their workplace skills in a dynamic place of work. All courses are offered on a flexible schedule all year round, to ensure that our programs meet the learning needs of working students. Our extensive alumni network of senior industry and government professionals, employed both locally and internationally, is a testament to the quality and market-relevance of these programs.


Figure [17]: Finance

Master of Business Administration in Finance

The MBA Finance concentration will provide you with the strategic leadership and quantitative skills to analyze both financial and non-financial data, and to act upon it in support of the long-term sustainability of business in a global context. The program adopts a practice-based approach, where students examine concepts and learn techniques that they can apply to real business situations in various contexts, such as derivatives, financial statement analysis and valuation, corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, and mergers and acquisitions.

Figure [18]: Master’s Student

Master of Business Administration in General Management

The MBA General Management concentration will help you to develop the core skills and professional competencies to take on senior management or leadership roles in the public or private sector. The program focuses on the theories, functions and implications of management techniques, as well as the principles and ethics of good management. It considers a range of scientific approaches to decision-making based on quantitative, economic and operational considerations, and provides you with the tools to develop, assess and implement strategic initiatives to boost competitive advantage

Figure [19]: Human Resource Management

Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management

The MBA Human Resource Management concentration adds elective courses in the management of human capital to your business administration studies. If you are interested in human capital solutions, the HRM concentration will provide you with comprehensive insights into the application and orientation of business administration concepts in human capital management, while still helping you obtain the MBA qualification. The HRM concentration is also the ideal program to develop your line management competence, by addressing challenges in ethics, leadership and motivation, in a competitive business context.

Master of Business Administration in Marketing

The MBA Marketing concentration has been designed to enhance your marketing analytical skills to adapt to the increasingly dynamic and competitive business environment. The courses will equip you with an advanced understanding of marketing challenges to effectively plan, develop and implement appropriate marketing strategies. The case study based discussions in class will train you to investigate how companies access the market and apply marketing processes to achieve competitive advantage. The curriculum covers topics including consumer behaviour, market segmentation and competition, and teaches the theory and practice of the marketing lifecycle, from research and product development to communication, supply chains and strategic management.

Master of Business Administration in Double Concentration

As an MBA student at CUD you have the opportunity maximize your studies and earn a double concentration in two majors from our specializations in Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. A double concentration will expand your depth of knowledge and broaden your career opportunities and earning potential.

Master in Information Technology Management and Governance

The master’s in information technology management and Governance (MITGOV) program is designed to respond to the rapid advancement in enterprise-related IT platforms and infrastructure. The first graduate degree program of its kind in the region, it aims to prepare students for responsible leadership and management in a technology-driven environment. The curriculum is especially tailored to the requirements of a changing working environment, through a high level of practical experience and project-based learning.

CUD Partners with Carleton University to Develop New Graduate Program

June 18th, 2015: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has established a new agreement with Ottawa-based Carleton University to collaborate on the development of a new graduate program in international trade, business and diplomacy.

The agreement was formalized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Dr. Karim Chelli, President of CUD, and Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President and Vice Chancellor of Carleton University.

Under the five-year agreement, the two organizations will be working closely together on the development of a new master program, which is expected to concentrate on some of the key themes brought about by globalization, including international trade, business and diplomacy. The partnership will also explore the creation of a regional institute in this field.

Carleton University is a well-reputed institution in Canada, hosting over 24,000 students. With strengths in a range of professionally-focussed disciplines, it is widely-renowned for its leading programs in international affairs.

This latest agreement adds to CUD's existing portfolio of Canadian collaborations, which include formal partnership agreements with universities in Canada allowing students to transfer or complete a semester of study at one of several Canadian institutions.

Speaking about the agreement, Dr. Chelli said, "In addition to the new graduate program development, this partnership will allow us to explore opportunities for collaborative research projects, personnel and student exchange programs, and the joint development of other academic programs. This is an excellent opportunity for CUD to work in collaboration with one of Canada's leading higher education institutions."