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Canadian University Dubai is a research-oriented institution, with a broad portfolio of academic publications and expertise. Across our seven academic Schools – Architecture & Design; Business Administration; Communication and Media Studies; Engineering & Applied Science & Technology; Environment & Health Sciences; Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Graduate Studies – the University has made significant research contributions across a range of disciplines.

The purpose of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) is to support and sustain institution-wide continuous improvement efforts at Canadian University Dubai. This is accomplished by using relevant, up-to-date information to support assessments, decision making and policy formation.

IRP supports business sustainability through continuous improvement of the University’s internal processes, via comprehensive and integrated Strategic and Performance Management methodologies targeted at Students and Academic Programs, Employee and Financial outcomes.

Vision & Mission

VISION: To be a reliable strategic partner that provides institutional data, information and knowledge to drive quality assurance and promote performance driven learning and services for the advancement of the University.

MISSION: To ensure accurate, useful information and the availability of the appropriate tools for institutional planning, decision making, academic assessment and operational improvement; and to coordinate these services in an objective, systematic, thorough and transparent manner, in direct support of the Canadian University Dubai Strategic Plan.

The key Behaviors of IRP that supports CUD’s core values (PRIDE) are:

  • Ethical: We are principled in delivering our services with full transparency and commitment.

  • Strategic: We will ensure clear lines of sight towards the University’s strategic direction in implementing our action plan.

  • Quality: We provide secured reliable data, analysis, and information for reporting, planning, and decision making.

  • Efficient: We use our resources wisely.


  • To facilitate Canadian University Dubai strategic planning and performance monitoring, focusing on the alignment towards the vision, mission and strategic goals.

  • To facilitate all aspects related to accreditation including standards compliance, applications, reviews and self-evaluation documents related to the CAA.

  • To manage all institutional surveys and evaluation and close the loop to provide information and measure the impact of the related performance gaps.

  • To conduct research and benchmarking to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge acquisition, application and preservation.

The goal of the institutional effectiveness program at Canadian University Dubai is to ensure that the strategy is being developed and managed via SMART measures of academic, service, and administrative units in a consistent and transparent manner.

The Office is itself a service office with the mandate to help administrators design, conduct, analyze, and ultimately direct planning through these assessment activities. ‘Closing the loop’, whereby evaluative findings are incorporated into the planning processes, is the ultimate goal of any assessment activity at a university and is essential for the continued improvement of services and academic quality at Canadian University Dubai.

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An independent study course should be taken as an elective, used for individual pursuit of topics within or beyond a student's major field of study which transcend the regularly available curriculum. It will normally involve research, primary source reading, or field work. When planning for independent study, the student and his or her advisor should strive to maintain a balance between this mode of study and other elective courses. A disproportionate number of independent study courses will tend to prevent a student from taking other elective courses which are equally important to scholarly development. The institution must limit that grant of such courses to 6 semester hours for programs below the bachelor’s degree and 9 semester hours for a bachelor’s degree.

Credit and Grade Point Average Guidelines and Requirements

Matriculated students who have completed at least 50% of their program requirements are eligible for independent study. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required, subject to waiver by the Faculty Dean. The faculty sponsor is responsible for checking the student's grade point average and determining that the student has the ability to plan and execute a long-range project. Departments may establish additional criteria for initial approval of, and supervision of, independent study projects.

The Independent Study Course

An independent study contract consists of two parts: the proposal and the enrolment form. The faculty sponsor is responsible for preparing a detailed syllabus containing:

  • A detailed description of the course with clear learning outcomes

  • The amount of time devoted to each major aspect of the course

  • A description of prior course work or other experience which prepares the student for the proposed activity

  • The frequency and duration of meetings with the faculty sponsor

  • Dates for completion of project milestones where applicable.

  • The methods by which the student's work will be evaluated must be clearly stated in the syllabus. Some appropriate forms of evaluation include a paper, a performance, and/or a presentation.

The syllabus of the independent study course should be approved by the curriculum committee prior to the course delivery.

To determine the number of credits, the guideline of a minimum of 12 hours of effort per week per course unit shall apply. A student may enroll in no more than 6 credits of independent study in a given semester. A department may limit the number of independent study credits which a student is permitted

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Assistantships in Research (ARs) are appointments provided to students who perform research in coordination with a faculty member as a part of their training. Funding is generally provided by faculty member research grants. In the Natural Sciences and Engineering divisions, most students are supported by ARs after their first year of study and during summers. It is expected that research activities performed under an AR appointment satisfy the student’s degree requirements and contribute to their dissertation research.

The tuition and stipend components of an AR are the same for students across all divisions. The stipend component of an Assistantship in Research is provided as salary. If a student has additional sources of funding from the university, the tuition and stipend amount of such funding are prorated accordingly depending on the percent of AR commitment.

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Faculty members at Canadian University Dubai are engaged in a wide range of groundbreaking projects, reflecting the diverse academic expertise that exists among our research community.

With a number of long-established transnational research partnerships, we are applying our expertise in collaboration with leading academics and institutions around the world, and have attracted grants from renowned international research institutes.

From the creation and application of new technologies, to the development of new business processes and techniques, CUD faculty are working across a number of disciplines to bring forward innovations that will help to advance society, both in the UAE and globally. The impact of this research can be seen in the publications and patents that result from these projects, as well as the numerous international research awards conferred on our faculty members.

Research projects in:

  • Architecture & Design

  • Business Administration

  • Communication & Media Studies

  • Engineering, Applied Science & Technology

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Public Health & Health Sciences

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Researcher at Canadian University Dubai covers a diverse range of disciplines and specialisms. Across our seven academic schools, researchers collaborate on national and international studies, speak at conferences around the world, and are frequently called upon to provide their expertise at local and regional events and in media and publications.

Students can to explore opportunities for research collaborations or to obtain an expert opinion in a particular field.