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At CUD students have access to academic, personal, and extracurricular resources including Professor support, learning resources, Learning Resource Centre facilities, computer labs, science labs, activities and recreation, including a gymnasium, tennis court and professional instruction, field trips, drama club and social trips.

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The Canadian University Dubai campus is an architecturally unique building. Our four blocks are surrounded by lush vegetation, providing the perfect backdrop in any of our courtyards for quiet conversation or study.

The campus location is steps away from Sheikh Zayed Road, the main thoroughfare of downtown Dubai and the hub of the financial district.

Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and many of Dubai's premier attractions surround our facilities, and the Financial Centre metro station is within walking distance of the University, ensuring an easy commute to our centrally located campus. There are also a wide selection of shops and restaurants nearby.

Academic Facilities

Our classrooms, laboratories and studios are fully furnished and well-equipped with the latest technology, enabling faculty and students to enhance the learning process with digital and online content. Wireless network access is available in all classroom areas and other common areas for the use of students and each classroom is equipped with overhead projectors and computer workstations that enable faculty members to enhance learning with interactive content.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The LRC houses a reference section, current magazines, journals and newspapers, and collections related to the University’s courses of study, including English language study. Computers are also available for student use during Library hours.

Red Theatre

The Red Theatre is a gathering place for both official ceremonies and student led activities. From MoU signings to student talent competitions, there is always something happening in this versatile space.

Computer laboratories

We offer several computer laboratories strategically placed throughout the campus, including one lab dedicated to Apple products. Each lab is furnished with computer desks, chairs and Desktop PCs for students to use. Software required for all programs has been installed on these machines.

Sport Facilities

Canadian University Dubai has a range of athletic facilities that allow students to balance their studies with physical activity. The 160-seat tennis court with its cement surface promotes a fast game with a high bounce.

Student Health Clinic

Free basic medical services are provided for students at the Canadian University Dubai Medical Centre. A qualified nurse is available on campus, and a fully qualified medical doctor is available once a week for consultations and follow-ups.

Prayer Rooms

Canadian University Dubai offers two beautiful prayer rooms located on the third floor of Hall D. These rooms allow both male and female students the opportunity to offer their prayers in the University.

Coffee shops

Our campus is home to several cafeterias serving a wide range of cuisines. The cafe areas provide a multicultural, multinational, and social environment, and are the main gathering place for students between classes and during their free time. All area are equipped with free wireless internet. In addition, the students can always use one of the many vending machines located throughout the campus.

Residence Facilities

Canadian University Dubai has residence facilities in the beautiful Discovery Gardens. Students living in residence are provided with transportation services to and from campus several times a day.

Parking Facilities

Secure parking is available for a nominal fee per semester on a first-come first-serve basis. Please check with Physical Resources on campus for more information. There is also free parking available in the large lot on the south side of the campus, and on the streets surrounding the University.

Career Fair Preparation Workshop supports students to explore career aspirations

March 19th, 2019: In preparation for the Canadian University Dubai annual Career Fair on April 10th, the Career Services Department held a preparation day aimed at helping students get the most out of their interaction with employers. The event was organized by Ms. Naoise Lane, Career Services and Internship Coordinator, on behalf of the Department of Student Affairs.

The first part of the event was devoted to a review of student CVs and Ms. Naoise commended the students on their professional approach to their tasks.

The facilitator of the event was Yomna Selim, Success Executive at Oliv Recruitment and Account Management. Formerly InternsME, Oliv’s mission is to reduce MENA youth unemployment by facilitating career support; the organization has grown from an intern recruitment portal to supporting early careers – from internships, to volunteering, part-time jobs and graduate jobs.

Oliv has also used tech projects to enable UAE youth to match their skills with company needs and built internship programs for businesses to help them maximize their talent base.

Ms. Naoise and Ms.Yomna provided the students with advice on how to approach prospective employers, with recommendations including dressing to impress and creating a good impression; carrying out extensive research on target employers; developing a unique approach to the employer e.g. a video CV; and making sure to add the employer to their LinkedIn account to grow their networks.

As a result of the event, the students are now much better prepared to approach prospective employers with greater confidence.

CUD Professor Gains Further Recognition

October 10 2017: In addition to her nomination for “Best Academic Professor Award” by the Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties (ASDF), Dr. Franziska Apprich has also been recognized as an “Outstanding Scientist” by the Venus International Foundation, an organization devoted to celebrating creative minds in the world and which recognizes qualified and highly cited research professionals, committed to finding solutions to the daunting challenges faced in an ever changing world.

This award was established in 2015 to recognize contribution to fundamental discoveries, new theories, or Insights which have had an impact on Dr. Fran’s discipline and beyond.

To achieve the Award Dr. Fran was required to be recognized and documented with corresponding successes in research including grants, patents, collaboration with industries/institutions, contracts and publications (articles and books).

Dr. Fran attributed the success of achieving the award to her pioneering work in the field of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) a method to overcome exam anxiety; using gaming platforms as part of learning; implementation of artificial intelligence as part of classroom learning; identifying space awareness and space creative commercial opportunities; using social entrepreneurship and employing stimulation of all five senses as part of her teaching methods. The latter includes a proposal for Expo2020 for the creation of an “all senses class-room chair” in collaboration with her students. This chair will stimulate students via seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling; often overcoming problems encountered by different types of learners and incorporating special needs stimuli to succeed. “We all are talented…we just need to find access to these talents and bring them all together.

Dr. Fran has also published and researched “the benefits of an education of the heart’”; as Aristotle claimed: “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”.

“We need to care for our students and inspire them, mentoring rather than teaching, stimulating rather than grading and believing in our students rather than seeing them as a number. To be a professor is a privilege, a huge responsibility and a good professor can change the world for the better.”

Cima Exemptions Give CUD Students a Competitive Edge

April 11th, 2017: Students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) can now gain a competitive edge in the job market thanks to a new collaboration between the School of Business Administration and the world’s largest management accounting body, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Dr. Ikhlaas Gurrib, Associate Professor and Chair of the Accounting and Finance program, recently organized an information session to introduce the opportunities and routes for CUD students to earn the CIMA professional qualification. During the session hosted on campus, Adenike Olayande of CIMA Middle East outlined the details and benefits of the new partnership. Based on a review of the learning outcomes of specific CUD programs, students can now fast track through the CIMA certifications to qualify more quickly than their peers, and so, give them a head start in the jobs market.

Adenike said, “CIMA has assessed the syllabus of CUD programs and established successful correlations with its own curriculum. This means that, through their university studies, students will already have established skills and competencies relevant to the CIMA program and exemptions can be granted on that basis.”

Under the new agreement, students of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance program can obtain exemptions from eight of the exams that lead to the CIMA Professional Qualification, and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). In addition, those majoring in Marketing, e-Business or Human Resource Management can obtain five exemptions. CIMA also provides exemptions for the MBA program; all details for both undergraduate and graduate programs are available here on the CIMA Global website.

CIMA is recognized as the most relevant employer-led qualification for careers in business and finance, with 100% of the world’s top brands employing CGMAs. In 2011, the organization entered a joint venture with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to establish the world’s most influential professional body of accountants. CUD students who pursue CIMA accreditation will become part of a combined community of over 600,000 members and students whose expertise is recognized around the world.

New CUD Collaboration to Prepare Employees for Vision 2021

January 25th, 2017: Supporting the advancement of a competitive, knowledge-driven economy is top priority for The Brown Consulting Group and Canadian University Dubai (CUD) as the two organizations embark upon a partnership in the context of the UAE national strategic development plan, Vision 2021.

The new alliance will see CUD and Brown Consulting collaborate on the delivery of graduate and executive-level training in core business disciplines, to transfer key knowledge and skills to professionals and ultimately help them to make their organizations more efficient, productive and profitable.

The partnership has been developed to help support the Vision 2021 strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In particular, it aims to contribute to one of the plan’s key pillars – to build a competitive knowledge-driven economy, by developing the talents of the workforce.

Mohamad Saadeddine, CEO of Brown Consulting explained, “One of the most important aspects of developing a competitive economy is ensuring that all levels of the workforce have the relevant skills and understanding to perform effectively. At lot of the training on offer remains largely theoretical and it is sometimes difficult for learners to apply this to their own work context. However, the programs that we offer are based on real business scenarios, which instantly help trainees to understand the practices discussed and to translate them to their own organization and role.”

The partnership with CUD will allow students enrolled in the University’s MBA program to benefit from practical training workshops in areas such as finance and human resources. Courses will also be open to organizations, their employees and the wider public through CUD’s Corporate Training Services. Uniquely, the training is offered in both English and Arabic, supporting the Vision 2021 goal to develop the talent of both national and expat employees.

Formalizing the agreement between CUD and Brown Consulting, the two organization came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding at a ceremony witnessed by members of the business community, as well as CUD faculty and students. Signing on behalf of CUD, President and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Karim Chelli, said, “The University is committed to supporting the advancement of UAE society and we are delighted to enter into this partnership to provide a range of practical training solutions that will help to empower individuals, grow organizations, and contribute to a productive, competitive and diversified economy.”

InfoFort and Canadian University Dubai sign agreement

InfoFort, the leading information management solution provider, today announced its partnership agreement with the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to train and provide job opportunities to students pursuing careers in information management and related fields.

Through this partnership, the students will receive hands-on training that focuses on developing their technical and business skills, mentorship from InfoFort’s senior executives, as well as an opportunity to enter the company’s internship programme.

As part of this agreement, InfoFort and CUD will collaborate in applied research projects to help students advance their skills and knowledge in their chosen area of specialization.

Professor Karim Chelli, President and Vice Chancellor of the University thanked Dr. Wided Dafri for piloting this initiative, having initially brought her students to InfoFort on a field trip.

As part of CUD’s efforts to reach out to the business community he cited this initiative as a crucial element in developing our students for the world of work and embedding them with all the knowledge needed to process digital information, quickly, efficiently and safely.

He expressed the hope that the agreement with InfoFort would bring great benefit to both parties and hoped the technology InfoFort brought to the field of digital storage could be used to improve the University’s internal archiving systems

This initiative reflects InfoFort’s competence as a knowledgeable and highly capable organization in the realm of technology and serves as a stepping stone for young graduates who are eager to pursue a career in this field.

Commenting on the newly formed partnership, Abed Shaheen, CEO of InfoFort, said “This initiative goes far beyond a usual business agreement. We are thrilled to nurture the youth’s interest in technology and are devoted to applying our expertise in enlightening future generations. Inspiring the youth and fostering a strong talent pool is at the heart of what we do as a knowledge-based company.”

Established in 2006, CUD delivers high-quality undergraduate, graduate, continuing and corporate education in the UAE and provides a gateway for students to pursue higher education opportunities in Canada. It offers 30+ majors across multiple faculties and was ranked among the top 5% of universities in the Arab Region by the QS World University Rankings.

InfoFort began its operations in the UAE in 1997 and today is the leading Information Management Solution provider assisting more than 2,000 organizations in 25 cities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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