participation in policy making at local, regional, national and/or global level to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions

  • Indian Educators and Policy Makers Benefit from CUD Expertise

Director of graduate studies programs at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), Dr. Marc Poulin, has been sharing his expertise in business education with government officials, educators and business students from India during two recent events focusing on higher education policy and practice. Dr. Poulin was invited to share his insights at the seventh edition of the World Education Summit held in the Indian capital, New Delhi. Joining a panel of senior university personnel from across the country, Dr. Poulin contributed to discussions on the theme ‘From Education to Employment’, revealing the key factors involved in nurturing industry-university partnerships. Organized by technology media and research company, Elets, the World Education Summit convenes government officials and senior representatives from leading education institutions to exchange ideas on the future of higher education. This is the second time CUD has been invited to contribute to the event, with University President Pr. Karim Chelli presenting at the sixth edition of the Summit earlier this year.

  • Canadian University of Dubai Creates Scholarship to Support Government Staff in Higher Education

Canadian University Dubai and Dubai Health Authority have begun a progressive new partnership that promotes higher education to its administrative staff. In support of Flag Day, an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to 'blend the sense of nationhood with loyalty to the country to preserve its achievements and inculcate the concept of good citizenship', the newly created Chancellors Scholarship annually grants one of Dubai Health Authority's employees a permanent place in the Canadian University Dubai's popular Masters of Business Administration Program.

  • Students Join Unhcr Campaign to Raise Awareness of Regional Refugee Crisis

Students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have taken part in a regional conference organized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Samuel Ajayi and Omar Zain were among a delegation of students who attended the first regional gathering dedicated to the protection of refugee children and adolescents. The conference brought together leaders, policy makers, donors and high-profile individuals to raise awareness of the ongoing crisis and consider how different stakeholder groups can help.

Calling all Faculty of Management students to attend the FREE student webinar titled ‘Championing the Agenda for Sustainable Development: Youth for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’ on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the ultimate blueprint to achieving a sustainable future for all. The SDGs touch upon pressing topics such as inequality, climate change, poverty and more through their 17 goals that are intertwined with each other.

Organized by Pearl Initiative in collaboration with AIESEC, this webinar will help you discover the role of youth in effectively implementing the SDGs framework in your future careers and in contribution to building a sustainable society.

Learn how the youth of today have a responsibility to demonstrate their leadership, organization, advocacy and determination in order to achieve the ambitious SDGs by 2030!

Webinar speaker: Simarna Singh, Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer, Coco Veda

Click here to register

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) lecturer, Mr. Ryan Sisson, joined a panel of leading local and international experts to discuss sustainable development in higher education at the UAE’s first Sustainable Campus Initiative conference, hosted by the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The inaugural conference set out to establish a platform for debate, exchange of ideas, and transfer of international best practices on sustainable development measures in the higher education sector. It heard from international experts from Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, who shared their experiences of sustainable campus principles from across the globe.

With his experience of sustainable campus initiatives in Canadian higher education, and his campaign efforts on campus at CUD, Mr. Sisson was invited to join a panel of higher education practitioners to discuss the need for mainstreaming sustainability across universities and colleges in the UAE.

Alongside other experts from UAE universities, Mr. Sisson gave his insights into what sustainable campuses in the country might look like, and spoke about the values, policies and competencies that would be required to develop and operate a sustainable higher education organization.

The Sustainable Campus Initiative was launched by EAD in November 2014 to encourage university students, educators and administrators across the UAE to address conservation issues, develop sustainable initiatives, and establish effective policies to raise awareness and promote actions towards sustainable development.

CUD has been recognized among the leading higher education institutions in Dubai for sustainability measures, winning a DEWA Conservation Award in 2014. Mr. Sisson was also among a team representing the University at DEWA’s event to mark World Energy Day last year.

Speaking of his latest contribution to the sustainability debate, Mr. Sisson said, “As educators we have an important role to play in building the capacity of future generations, and this initiative has helped to position universities at the front line in terms of developing sustainable infrastructure and services, as well as teaching and learning.

“The conference was a valuable opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this agenda, and also to learn from international experts in the field, particularly on how we can develop initiatives that apply students’ environmental learning to positive measures on campus.”

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March 28th – 30th: Canadian University has proudly hosted the Dubai Model United Nations Academy, in collaboration with United Ambassadors.

Teams from as far away as the Democratic Republic of Congo took part in a packed four-day program where they were treated to a magnificent Opening Ceremony followed by two days of intensive workshops and presentations. The event culminated in a keenly fought debate on the final day, addressing some of the major issues facing our world, including sustainability, discrimination, conflict resolution and world poverty.

The event was introduced by Nabila Elassa, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of United Ambassadors with contributions from Mr. Omar Hernandez, Lead Trainer and Mr. Ahmad Al Ammar, Facilitator and former MUN participant. United Ambassadors is a world-leading international Model United Nations Education non-profit organization with a mission of building the next generation of youth leaders and global citizens, through Model United Nations.

Students learnt about the importance of demonstrating effective leadership skills and having empathy with their stakeholders. During the workshops and presentations they developed skills in public speaking, writing proposals, reaching consensus, interpreting briefings, diplomacy and negotiation skills, all interspersed with a variety of fun activities.

Several of the delegates also made personal statements for their audience reflecting their determination to make an impact on their communities.

The MUN initiative was created to provide a platform for young people to learn about international issues, diplomacy and inter-government relations and to develop their capabilities in critical thinking, research and debate. The model simulates the United Nations forum itself, with each group of students representing a country in the debate over a range of issues from health and social progress to the economy and global finance.

Speaking after the event, Mr. Omar Hernandez, Lead Trainer with United Ambassadors, praised the standard of commitment and debate displayed by the delegates. He said, “this is a remarkable opportunity for young people to gain a unique perspective on how diplomacy works. The skills they are learning will help them make a difference in their future lives, and with the delegates coming from different backgrounds and culture, they are able to appreciate the importance of tolerance in today’s world.”

Eszter Meszaros, Administrative Coordinator for United Ambassadors in Dubai said the purpose of the event was to help the leaders of the future realise how they could make a difference.

The event concluded with presentations to the delegates and a series of presentations from the leaders of each group.

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“We wanted to raise as much money as possible and my father encouraged me to think outside the box, so I came up with the idea of playing my violin to attract people and encourage more donations. I was happy to see that it did draw people into the campaign and made a real difference to the funds we raised.”

Students from CUD have given up their home comforts to raise money for citizens displaced by conflict in the region, as part of the University’s fourth annual 5 Days for the Homeless campaign. Seventeen undergraduate students took part in the campaign, which saw the male team members sleep outdoors on the University campus, give up their cellphones and shower facilities, and rely on food donated by members of the community, while attending all their University classes. The girls, meanwhile, took to the campus to raise awareness of the initiative and encourage donations to the cause, which raised AED 17,500 for humanitarian charity Red Crescent.

Taking part in the challenge for the second year, Nigerian student Emmanuel Ojumiri, said, “I was inspired by all those people who were left homeless following the war in my home country several years ago. I wanted to experience some part of what they did, and try to give back in some way.” Among the female participants, Syrian student Jude Kanawati was also inspired by the suffering of people in her home country. She even made use of her musical talents to attract donations for the cause. Jude said, “We wanted to raise as much money as possible and my father encouraged me to think outside the box, so I came up with the idea of playing my violin to attract people and encourage more donations. I was happy to see that it did draw people into the campaign and made a real difference to the funds we raised.” The 5 Days for The Homeless campaign was founded as a local initiative by students in Alberta, Canada in 2005 and the initiative was taken nation-wide in 2008.

Launched and supported by the Student Affairs team, CUD has been participating in the campaign since 2012. For the students sleeping rough this year, the final night was both the toughest and the most meaningful, as they were joined by team members from previous years of the campaign. Their spirits were also lifted by a message of support from international humanitarian, Karl Haddad, whose own campaigns have taken him across 44 countries to establish 54 social and environmental initiatives, earning him the Nestle CSR Champion Award 2014. “It was inspirational to hear from Karl Haddad and learn about everything he has achieved”, said Abubakar Garba, another first timer in this year’s initiative. While it was fellow newcomer Sulaiman Dayoub who summed up the campaign message saying, “We learnt from Karl that there are so many simple things people can do that can make such a huge difference to many people’s lives.

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DUBAI-MAY 02 2017: Thirty-four Canadian University Dubai students recently made multiple visits to a labour camp in Al Quoz as part of their “Good Deed Project” for their ‘Ethical Reasoning for Today’s World’ course. The students visited the camp several times to distribute boxes of clothes, toiletries and food supplies to the men who live at the camp. They were assisted in their efforts by an organization called ‘Royati’.

“We started handing out boxes, but before we knew, the line of people waiting to receive them grew more than we had accounted for,” said student Fatma Ali of their first visit to the camp. “At that point we decided to open the boxes and give out smaller amounts to each laborer, trying our best to ensure that each one of them went home with something. Unfortunately, the line grew longer with time and we were not able to cater for everyone. It was difficult for all of us to turn the rest of them down and announce that we had run out of goods.”

Following their first visit the students reflected on the lessons learned and changed how they handed out the goods on their subsequent visits. Some of the other students also reflected on the experience.

“What I loved the most was the way they all came around us, smiling and calling the others to come,” said student Olamiji Fisayomi Deborah. “It was great to see how welcoming and appreciative they were, it melted my heart. Deep within me I felt so proud and kind of accomplished, as it feels good to make people happy. I will definitely take other friends there to do this again.

Dr. Louise Lambert, Professor at Canadian University Dubai, said the volunteer component to the class brought many of the theories and philosophies of what it means to be a good person alive for the students. At first, they were not enthusiastic to give up some of their personal time, but after the first visit, they were the ones who insisted on collecting more donations and going back a second and third time. “Youth want to do good, but they can't always find the avenues to do so; once they find a path, they rise to their better selves and know exactly what to do.” This initiative parallels the Year of Giving being promoted by H.H Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and will be repeated again this Ramadan where students will hand out Iftar packages as part of their Good Deed component in the community.

“Our main aim was to provide enough supplies in order to fulfill the daily needs of a human being and to bring a smile on the workers face by showing them there is still someone who cares,” said Lubna Moosa Sodagar. “The whole experience of collection and distribution made me realize that every single thing that we have is such a blessing from God. It also made me more thankful for everything that we have in life.”

Said Lilas Ammouni, “I had a mixture of emotions. I was really excited to go, and it felt really good when we started giving stuff out to the workers and seeing their happy faces, but soon my emotions started to shift, since we had hundreds of working men lining up and just a few boxes left. Regardless of everything, it was a great experience that I would gladly and proudly do again because although there are so many good deeds to do out there, some just feel better than the others, feel free to nominate me to help in anything like that for the coming semesters !”

To learn more about Royati and the work that students will again do with them this coming Ramadan, please visit http://www.royati.ae/.

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Dr. Mohammed Nurul Alam, recently visited Kenya on a research visit involving a number of established Islamic Banks in Nairobi. In an exclusive interview with the ‘New Dawn’ newspaper, he talked about Islamic Banks promoting micro-finance to help fight poverty in rural areas.

Dr. Nurul emphasized that the biggest challenge for Islamic Banking at the moment is creating awareness, although there has been tremendous growth for the phenomenon since its inception nearly three decades ago.

“After completing my research with Grameen Bank (Brain child of Nobel Peace Prize winner (2006), Dr. Muhammad Yunus). I proposed the introduction of micro-finance in Islamic Banking to enable less fortunate individuals to access loans in a Shari’a compliant way. In my PhD thesis I had to prove that there was need for micro loans in Islamic banking and formulate a method to operationalize it.”

Dr. Nurul started his career as a teacher in 1979, as a senior lecturer at Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) lower Kabete in Nairobi under the UNDP volunteer program. He went on to complete his Chartered Accountancy from Bangladesh before moving to Sweden to pursue his PhD in Islamic Banking. He has since then taught in Sweden, Canada and Oman.

Dr. Nurul currently teaches Accounting and Islamic Banking to MBA students at the Canadian University Dubai.

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Students at the Canadian University Dubai raise money for charity by sleeping rough on campus.

For the first time female students are taking part in Five Days For the Homeless, a Canadian initiative which aims to create awareness of people living rough on the streets and raise money for good causes.

Eight male students have been sleeping on campus under the stars, from March 9th to March 13th. The eight female students have not been sleeping outside, but have been helping to collect money from generous fellow students in a bid to raise over AED15,000 for the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children.

"Donations have ranged from one dirham coins to 200 dirham notes," said 19-year-old public relations student, Judy Shebib. "We are thankful to everyone who has donated and we are hopeful that we will hit our target because it is for a very good cause.

"I saw the students doing this last year and I was keen to get involved then, so when the opportunity came up to do it this year, I was really excited," she added. "It is great that we can get involved as female students because it is going to a women's charity and we have a strong empathy with that."

Some of the students are taking part for a second and third year. E-business student, Tiwaloluwa Omope, has been involved in Five Days for the Homeless for the past three years admits that it is a topic close to his heart.

"When I lived in Ghana I saw poverty and homelessness every day," he said. "It is a terrible thing to see and for people to go through and when I heard about the scheme when I first came to the university I knew I had to be involved."

The students are joined by Aziz Mulay-Shah Canadian Ambassador from the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development who is on sabbatical at the university - who supported the students by sleeping rough for one night.

"It's a wonderful initiative and it is great to see these students showing a sense of social responsibility and community," he said. "It's important therefore that we show some solidarity with them and do what we can to support them."

The Five Days For The Homeless initiative was launched at the University of Alberta School of Business in 2005. The sixteen students from Dubai will be joined by students from over 24 universities in Canada, with the Canadian University in Dubai being the only place outside Canada to take part.

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  • CUD hosts Model United Nations Academy

The Canadian University is proud to host the Dubai Model United Nations Academy, in collaboration with United Ambassadors. Teams from as far afield as the Democratic Republic of the Congo participated in a jam-packed four-day programme, enjoying a magnificent Opening Ceremony followed by two days of intensive workshops and presentations. The event culminated in a hotly contested debate on the final day, addressing some of the major issues facing our world, including sustainability, discrimination, conflict resolution and global poverty as well as future solutions to end poverty.

Canadian University Dubai knows the economic situation of some people in the United Arab Emirates and in the world after the covid 19 pandemic, for this reason the University is committed to giving financial aid to people who are falling into the bottom 20% of family income group, for those new or old students and people who want to access higher education, the University has developed different scholarships that have the purpose that more people access higher education, below are the CUD scholarships.

  • Scholarships are open to all students of any citizenship who have met all the admission requirements

  • Scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled in four academic courses or more per semester. For Financial Hardship and Special Needs Scholarships, the number of academic courses students must enroll in will be considered on a case-by-case basis, although, where possible, a minimum of four academic courses is recommended. Please note that scholarships can be granted for credit-bearing courses only

  • Students must maintain the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) necessary in order to continue receiving scholarship funding. The specific CGPA requirements vary according to the type of scholarship applied for. These details are outlined in the specific scholarship descriptions

  • Scholarships are not valid for summer semesters

  • Scholarships are only valid for current tuition fees

  • Students can apply for more than one scholarship, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. In case a student qualifies for more than one reduction, scholarship or discount, the student will be given the chance to choose the scholarship with the highest value

  • All remaining fees (tuition and housing) must be paid promptly in order to receive and maintain the scholarship

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Overall Terms and Conditions

  • To be considered eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hour

  • Scholarships awarded for the fall semester are valid for one year, provided that the CGPA is maintained as per the information below and provided the student registers for at least 12 credit hours per semester

  • Scholarships awarded for the spring semester are valid for one semester only

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met.

  • Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • Applicants must email their scholarship application forms along with all supporting documentation to scholarship@cud.ac.ae by July 7th (fall intake) or December 20th (spring intake)

  • Late or incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered by the scholarship committee

Academic Excellence Scholarship Allocations

  • 50% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of 99%* or above to apply for a 50% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be 3.98 or higher to continue receiving a 50% tuition waiver

  • 40% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 95 – 98.9%* to apply for a 40% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.95 – 3.97 to continue receiving a 40% tuition waiver

  • 30% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 90 – 94.9%* to apply for a 30% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.9 – 3.94 to continue receiving a 30% tuition waiver

  • 20% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 85 – 89.9%* to apply for a 20% tuition waiver.

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.85 – 3.89 to continue receiving a 20% tuition waiver

  • 10% tuition waiver (returning students only)

High school students who were granted an automatic 20% tuition waiver for their first semester at CUD and have maintained a 3.8 – 3.84 CGPA, may be eligible for a 10% tuition waiver on the subsequent semester

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* UAE Secondary School Certificate or equivalent

This scholarship is meant for elite and talented athletes from any sport who have competed and achieved success at least at a city level. Sports Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s sports achievement level and their academic performance. A tuition waiver of up to 40% can be applied accordingly.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Sports Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met

  • Sports Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 70%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Sports Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to support the sports department in different events and will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Sports Scholarship must include:

      • Completed application form

      • Brief bio including relevant sport accomplishments

      • Scanned copies of references from the applicant's coach and/or PE teacher on institutional letterhead

      • Scanned copies of certificates relevant to the sport the applicant is applying for

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The objective of these scholarships is to promote access to higher education to students facing financial hardship. A tuition waiver of up-to 40% can be applied as evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Financial Hardship Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th 2022) and spring semester (December 20th 2022) must be met

  • Financial Hardship Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 75%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 2.8 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Financial Hardship Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Financial Hardship Scholarship must include:

        • o Completed application form

        • o Current rental contract

        • o Bank statements

        • o Employee certificate and salary statement for each employed family member

        • o Copy of passport and visa for all working family members (or both parents)

        • o Certificates of educational tuition fees for each sibling

All documentation will be kept confidential. Any application with incomplete documentation cannot be considered by the scholarship committee when awarding the Financial Hardship Scholarships.

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We at Canadian University Dubai pledge to provide an inclusive learning environment and to support the cognitive, emotional and creative development of students with disabilities. Special needs may be justified by physical or other disabilities.

Students eligible for a Special Needs Scholarship will benefit from a tuition reduction of up to 40%.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • For students applying for the Special Needs Scholarship at the point of admission to the University, the academic average will be considered by the scholarship committee on a case-by-case basis

  • For current students, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required to be eligible to apply for the scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met

  • Special Needs Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • Students are required to provide an up-to-date professionally documented diagnosis that will be kept confidentially

  • The scholarship application is reviewed by and subject to the scholarship committee’s discretion

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This scholarship is meant for elite and talented individuals from any field who have competed and achieved success at a city level or beyond. Special Talent Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s achievement level and their academic performance. A tuition waiver of up to 40% can be applied accordingly.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Special Talent Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th 2022) and spring semester (December 20th 2022) must be met

  • Special Talent Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters.

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 70%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Special Talent Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Special Talent Scholarship must include:

      • Completed application form

      • Documents supporting accomplishment within the applicant's talent field

      • Certificates relevant to the applicant's talent

      • Recommendations from teachers, trainers or professionals from within the applicant's talent field

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It facilitates the coordination between sponsoring organizations and the sponsored students. It provides full support needed to achieve the highest return on investment.

Canadian University Dubai offers participating sponsoring partners with the following set of value-added services:

  • Annual onsite employee orientation session: CUD Admission staff and faculty provide a one-day orientation session to participating partners’ employees looking for higher education options

  • Personalized admission and registration services: CUD’s Community Outreach Office provides personalized assistance to prospective students throughout their admission and registration process

  • Continuous monitoring and reporting on the academic progression of sponsored students during their enrollment at CUD

  • Constructive counseling and guidance to sponsored students throughout the academic year

  • Invitation to CUD Corporate Open House events throughout the year

  • Assistance with any other related administrative matters

Fees and Charges Covered by Sponsors

Fees and charges coverage vary from one sponsoring organization to the other. Sponsoring organizations typically cover:

  • Tuition fees

  • Accident insurance

  • Student’s Family (low income)

  • Activity fees

  • Residential halls

  • Text books

  • TOEFL/IELTS tests and courses

  • Moving Forward – How Students Can Start at CUD

  • Once the scholarship process is internally completed, the sponsoring organization must submit their “Sponsorship Confirmation” letter to CUD highlighting the covered fees and charges. Once received, the prospective student should approach the Student Sponsorship Liaison Office to initiate his/her admission and registration process

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The value of the scholarships is AED10 million Starting this academic year 2019-2020, Canadian University Dubai will offer a series of scholarships exclusively for GEMS low income students. Scholarship amounts will vary depending on course of study and the academic merit of GEMS students.

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CUD has partnerships that allow low-income students to have financing in their academic programs and thus get more people to access higher education, in this case Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank which have worked jointly with the university to offer facilities so that low-income students can study at CUD.

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