financial assistance to the local community assisting the start-up of sustainable businesses

Students in the Department of Communication, under the guidance of Ms. Sama Al Rasheed and Dr. Franziska Apprich, have come up with a novel idea to help creative students and people in the local community overcome the difficulties associated with turning their ideas into into tangible business opportunities for them. such as lack of funding, peer pressure, or lack of good advice. Taking advantage of the facilities of the new CUD Business Incubator initiative, in collaboration with Ryerson University, it is now possible to create a company with the income generated by the first company of the incubator aimed at students and people from the local community who want to promote your creative ideas.

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CUD held the 'Entrepreneur's Day' organized by the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with Krypto Labs, where students, staff and the local community were invited to attend and participate in a competition where the person who presented their business or start-up ideas among The first 5 places were given a prize to the winners which was a cash prize for their start-up.

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  • $7,000 Boost for CUD Students’ Sign Language App

The students behind the new Emirati sign-language app, Efhamni, have received a major boost in their plan to support the UAE deaf community, with a $7,000 award to scale their social enterprise from the Coca-Cola Foundation and INJAZ Al-Arab. The award follows the recent announcement of winners in the Ripples of Happiness university competition, a community initiative under which the innovation was developed. The team of students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) was the only group to represent the UAE in the region-wide initiative, and secured second place overall in the six-week program, attracting funding equivalent to more than AED 25,000 to help further develop and mainstream their app. The technology was created in association with the UAE Deaf Association and the Kalimati Speech and Communication Center. It specifically aims to support Emiratization among hearing impaired citizens, helping them to access better education and employment opportunities by teaching them, their family, friends and colleagues, how to communicate effectively through Emirati sign language.

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In a major initiative announced today jointly between the Canadian University Dubai and ecommerce leader in the region,, students and local community in the city will have access to internships, lectures and mentoring from industry pioneers to nurture their entrepreneurial aspirations.

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CUD in collaboration with Christine Souffrant, founder of social Enterprise, conducted a free course for students, staff and the local community in which the participants learned to explore business opportunities that have a positive impact on their community, society or the world.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined forces with leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, to support the empowerment of students and local community through innovation in the context of the UAE’s move towards an information-based economy. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal their long-term commitment to the UAE’s younger generation at the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICLIE), held recently in Dubai.

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The new corporate education partnership program will see the university collaborate with organizations in government and industry to provide dedicated value-added services that will help businesses to promote continuing professional development and employees to access quality higher education and job-related training opportunities. The initiative is set in the context of the UAE Vision 2021, the country’s strategic development plan launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It will contribute to one of the key pillars of the plan: building a competitive knowledge-driven economy, by developing the talents of the workforce to help drive innovation and entrepreneurship among workers in the local community.

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Mr. Rami Hajjar, serial entrepreneur and CEO of tech startup Hadzup, has given a lecture encouraging students and the local community to explore their entrepreneurial side during a recent seminar at the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) where access was free.

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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.

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Students at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have been taking advantage of a comprehensive package of guidance and support services from leading names in the career development arena, as they prepare to pursue their professional development goals for 2017.

Facilitated by Orsi Urban, Work Placement and Careers Coordinator at CUD, students have benefitted from a series of skills development and profile-building workshops, delivered by representatives from the University’s strategic careers partner,; the UAE’s biggest internship jobs site, InternsME; and the World’s largest professional network, LinkedIn.

Taking an innovative and interactive approach to engaging students in career networking, John Fawls of LinkedIn UAE hosted a profile picture photo shoot, to help students create a professional image that they could use when setting up their own LinkedIn account. He also encouraged students to take full advantage of LinkedIn while still at university, to build professional networks that could be helpful in their future careers.

Meanwhile, InternsME representative, Noor Irfan, conducted an informal workshop to introduce students to different ways of engaging with prospective employers, demonstrating how a video CV could help candidates to stand out from the crowd, and providing tips on how to achieve a high-ranking professional profile.

Representing CUD’s strategic careers partner,, Hatem Hannoun provided students with an insight into the art of CV writing. Through interactive case studies he demonstrated to students how best to represent themselves in the context of the UAE jobs market.

Hatem said, “At, we encourage students to begin creating their CVs during their university years, because a CV acts as an individual’s timeline. Rather than face the daunting task of having to look back upon graduation and think of the courses, projects, and internships they did during their time as a student, they can start building a CV on an easy-to-use career site like, adding their experiences while the information is still fresh in their head.

“Moreover, a CV can act as a career guide, helping to make the next decision while maintaining an overview perspective of one’s career development, and to assess whether their next course, project or potential internship experience aligns with their career goals.”

Speaking about the workshop, student Elvira Aggoune said, “It provided very useful information and tips on how people look for the right candidate and how you can be that candidate, by building a customized CV that highlights relevant skills and shows an understanding of the job description. The workshop was very beneficial to us as undergraduate students as we don’t yet have much experience of reaching out to employers, so it helped us to focus on what companies are looking for and how best to present ourselves.”

More than 20 international corporations and UAE-based companies have been seeking out the next generation of young professionals ready to make their mark in the regional workforce at the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) annual career fair hosted on campus today.

Global brands including Hilton Worldwide and Audi Volkswagen sat alongside leading local enterprises such as Union Coop and Ducab to engage with CUD students and graduates looking to find opportunities in their chosen professional fields; from business, media and design, to engineering, technology and healthcare.

A wide range of employment and internship opportunities were on offer to students and graduates, with several companies conducting interviews for immediate and forthcoming vacancies during the career fair itself.

Representatives from VFS Tasheel came to CUD in search of talented interns for roles in finance and communications. Priyanka Padiyar, Corporate Communication Manager, said, “We’re looking to hire young self-starters with a fresh perspective to support our communications strategies. It is these young people that have the new ideas and insights we need, along with a good knowledge of social media, which is why we are here today.”

This year saw a strong representation from companies looking to engage with students from CUD’s unique set of programs in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, with Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Environmental Group and Médecins Sans Frontières all in attendance. Students from CUD’s renowned design programs were also in demand with several architecture, engineering and home interior companies also on campus.

Following a successful outcome from last year’s fair, the Gulf branch of established architectural practice, Brewer Smith and Brewer, were back in search of young design talent. Head of Design, Armin Buchbinder, said, “We took on a CUD intern last year who was able to get involved in various aspects of the business and develop a wide range of experience in a short space of time. This year, again, we are looking for young people with a good portfolio and the enthusiasm to get involved in every opportunity.”

The event was organized by CUD Work Placement and Career Coordinator, Ms Orsi Urban, who said, “We support our students with a wide array of career development workshops that aim to equip young talent with the right skills to successfully navigate the Career Fair. It is exciting to see our students make an outstanding impression on the participating employers and to further their career through this event.”

With a number of successful outcomes from previous editions of the annual event, it is expected that the 2017 Career Fair will bring about exciting, long-term career opportunities for many student and graduate participants.

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