providing specific expert advice to local, regional or national government

CUD aims to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all. Besides, it assures the participation in local, regional and national government to all.

Canadian University Dubai welcomed Mr. Nathan Tek, a regional spokesperson for the US State Department, who facilitated a conversation on "Strategic Communications."

Organized by Dr. Mohammed Abuhannoud, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, the event gave students and faculty the opportunity to hear Mr. Tek speak about his professional experience in the field of communications.

Mr. Tek outlined his role as an authorized Regional Spokesman for the United States government in the UAE. His function is to represent United States government foreign policy. Referencing recent developments in the Middle East, he explained how he spends a considerable amount of time addressing public opinion here and explaining various issues concerning the role of the US in the Middle East and further afield. He stressed the importance of building bridges between Middle Eastern countries and the United States. He also spends time in other countries in the Middle East training US diplomatic personnel in communication strategies and social media.

Nasif Kayed, founder and CEO of “The Arab Culturalist,” gave an amusing and inspiring talk on Arab Culture to an audience at CUD. Nasif is a business consult and a dynamic motivational speaker and facilitator, providing Cultural Intelligence workshops and expert advice on Arab and Emirati culture.

Nasif spoke of the many misconceptions concerning Arab culture citing, as examples, impressions of the various forms of dress of both man and women and a commonly held opinion that all Arabs were rich because of oil. In fact, of all the Muslim countries in the world, only a small proportion has a viable oil industry. He encouraged his audience to be endlessly curious and not be afraid to ask awkward questions. “There is no harm in asking for clarification.”

Nasif also related the history of Dubai starting from its early days as the centre of the world’s pearl industry and its reputation for spices and the manufacture of fine fabrics which they then traded far and wide. He explained how Dubai had turned itself into a trading hub. Our spices are the origin of many modern-day medicines. Now Dubai has one of the largest Airports in the World and Jebel Ali Port is one of the busiest in the World.

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Students in the Communication Department under the guidance of Ms. Sama Al Rasheed and Dr. Franziska Apprich have come up with a novel idea to help creative students overcome the difficulties associated with converting their ideas into tangible business opportunities for themselves such as lack of finance, peer pressure or absence of good advice.

Utilizing the facilities of the new Business Incubator initiative in CUD, in cooperation with Ryerson University, it is now possible to create a business with revenue generated by the incubator’s first venture set to be directed to students who want to advance their creative ideas.

Inspired by the success of the recent Scarf fashion show, the incubator’s first venture will be the creation of a scarf embroidered in real gold thread. The design will take the form of a horse’s head, one of the most potent images of a thriving UAE. This will be woven into the material intricately with a quotation from the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), which states “Goodness is tied to the forelocks of horses until the Day of Resurrection.” The embroidered material will then be enhanced with a real emerald representing the eye of the horse.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) engineering student, Ahmed Farrag, has been speaking to aspiring contestants of this year’s UAE m-Government Service Awards about what it takes to go all the way in the annual technology challenge.

Ahmed was among a team of three students from CUD who reached the finals of last year’s competition with their innovative application, SmartCart. Along with teammate and CUD graduate, Mohammed Baziyad, Ahmed was called upon by the office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to share his knowledge and experience with future contenders of the competition.

Addressing more than fifty students and faculty members from across Dubai, Ahmed gave an overview of the application that saw the CUD students reach the elite top five ranking in last year’s competition. He also provided students with some valuable advice about the importance of defining and designating key task, and managing the process effectively throughout.

As in previous years, the 2015 competition aims to support the UAE’s Smart Government vision by bringing forward innovative solutions for the delivery of Government services through smart technology. It involves a special category dedicated to students enrolled at universities in the UAE, to engage young people in the development of new tools in the field of smart phone applications, mobile websites and SMS technology.

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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.

The Program is ranked #1 in Dubai by Forbes Middle East and gives one student each academic year the chance to broaden their education and advance further in their career. The partnership began with Mr Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, presenting Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, Director General of Dubai Health Authority, with the certificate at their Headquarters.

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Dr. Haniyeh Yousefpour has addressed a group of senior government officials from across the GCC about the importance of process-driven improvement in establishing and maintaining smart government and smart services across the region.

Dr. Yousefpour, Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), was speaking at the GCC Smart Government and Smart Services Conference, held recently at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC.

An expert in the quality management technique, Six Sigma, Dr. Yousefpour was invited to give a presentation on the subject of continuous process improvement in smart government. As a professor of organizational behaviour and HR management, she proposes a people-centred approach to achieving excellence in smart services.

Dr. Yousefpour was among a line up of international speakers sharing their expertise at the 21st edition of the annual conference, which brought together executives, decision-makers and key policy makers from regional and global government organizations, to address the critical issues in smart government operations and infrastructure.

While the conference has been running for over two decades, the smart government concept has taken on a new dimension in recent years with the advancement of technology supporting process innovation, including the creation of mGovernment tools, where user interactions with government information and services can be conducted entirely through mobile devices.

According to Dr. Yousefpour, new technology provides an excellent platform for the smartening of government and services, but process improvements are ultimately driven by the people within the organization, and what’s more, it’s those at the operational level that often have the most insight into how process excellence can be achieved.

She said, “Often, a top-down approach is taken towards improvement-driven change, and yet it is usually those involved in the day-to-day delivery of services that are best placed to identify and implement process improvements.

“Technology gives us the tools to effect change in the delivery of smart services, but it must be combined with a shift in mindset, towards an organizational culture that promotes employee engagement in performance strategy and measurement.”

CUD was the official education partner of the event, which saw more than 600 delegates attend across the five-day conference.

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Higher education thrives in the UAE by the combined support of government, corporate partners and the community at large.

Engagement with these entities for the betterment of the community is fundamental to both the vision of this country's leaders and the goals of the university. Canadian University Dubai endeavors to establish these relationships and to participate in the ongoing success of the community we serve.

Canadian University Dubai has established itself through corporate partnerships with leaders of government and industry both nationally and internationally. In appreciation of our partners, here are a few of the organizations who endeavor to support the community through educational collaboration.

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