provide outreach, general education, upskilling and capacity-building to policy- and law-makers on relevant topics

At Canadian University Dubai we encourage our students to become good global citizens, and community engagement is an important part of the process. Community engagement initiatives add to the overall educational experience and help to address important social issues across the wider community.

For us, community engagement encompasses the interactions and connections of our faculty, staff and students with the wider society. To this end, we promote activities that fit with this goal, and are of mutual benefit to the University and our partner organizations.

Rise Up Community is a ‘hope’ community development and innovation center for the youth of the United Arab Emirates to embrace their creativity enabling them to exploit their full potential, within a modern and innovative environment that encourages the creation of leading youth communities. The main goal of the project is to create a gateway of hope in the changing world for a society to help young people achieve their goals in work, education, empowering them through the way of working life, and realizing their capabilities.

The design concept for Rise Up is based on three main elements, which are the abstraction of the lines of a bird's wing to express hope; the lines of light to enlighten minds; and combine light with transparency to give a sense of technology. Using a further atmospheric conceptual element through materiality and innovation, the use and adaption of light and reflective surfaces along with the play of shadow and space provides the building users with the experience of feeling and emotion. Further, by providing spaces that help in communication and creating opportunities, Rise Up helps create solutions towards the needs and problems that the current generation of youth face, empowering and enabling them to play a key role in society.

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Under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, presided by His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in association with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada, hosted the “Conference on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities”. Held from April 23 - 25, the 3-day event examined the challenges and opportunities for integrating the three key issues of global climate change, biodiversity and sustainability in the MENA region.

The conference featured renowned international and local climate change experts, conservationists and academics. Among the keynote speakers were Dr. Francisco Dallmeier, Senior Conservation Biologist, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Dr. Daniel Scott, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo who praised the UAE for its innovation and positive response to the issues of climate change; Dr. Adam Fenech, Nobel Laureate and Director, Climate Research Lab, UPEI, Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director Sustainability Operations, The University of British Columbia, and Mashael Al Ansari, Climate Change Specialist at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) have come together to promote the engagement of young, emerging talent in the development of Dubai’s growing, world-class design community.

The new partnership will see the two organizations work together on a range of activities to extend DDFC’s activities into the student community and to cultivate wider networks that will help to build a global market for regional design.

The collaboration was sealed with signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DDFC Chairperson and Group CEO TECOM, Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, and CUD President Professor Karim Chelli. Also in attendance at the signing ceremony were DDFC CEO, Jazia AlDhanhani, and select academic and administration staff from CUD.

The Dubai Design and Fashion Council was established by the Dubai Government to raise the profile of Dubai as a regional and global destination for design. Leading the development of a sustainable industry, DDFC provides in-depth market intelligence and helps elevate local and regional talent, enabling the contribution of the creative industries to the development of the Emirate. DDFC oversees, supports, promotes and drives initiatives related to 5 key design segments - Fashion Design, Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, and Graphic Design.

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The Ajman Police General headquarters honored Dr. Wided Al-Dafri, Associate Professor in the Department of Communications for her work with two female police officers, Corporal/ Fathia Sohrab Al Zarouni and Sergeant Fatima Rashed Bin Zayed.

Dr. Wided was selected by the Ministry of Interior as one of the training consultants representing CUD to deliver the “Excellence Diploma in Customer Service.” The Diploma targets front-end employees and supervisors of governmental and semi-governmental sectors to enhance their ability to promote happiness in government activities.

The award recognized Dr. Wided's contribution towards an initiative by Ajman Police as part of the Ministry of Interior's strategic objectives to enhance the security, safety and public confidence in the effectiveness of the services they provide.

Dr. Wided visited the students at their workplace to learn about the client management program and evaluate their performance. She expressed her pride and happiness as she witnessed the students applying the knowledge they had achieved during their learning.

His Excellency Lieutenant Colonel Ghaith Ali Al Kaabi, Head of Al Naimiya Police Station, presented the award to Dr. Wided as a token of appreciation for her efforts in guiding her students.

He thanked Dr. Wided for her involvement and praised the performance of the distinguished female participants, stressing that customer happiness is a necessary and a basic requirement for achieving institutional performance excellence.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has partnered with global Foods and Beverages company, PepsiCo, to help promote environmental sustainability through the reduction of single-use plastic on campus. The collaboration aims to encourage a culture of refill and reuse through the Aquafina Water Station, a new hydration platform that has already saved an average of more than 1,800 bottles per week since installation.

As part of the agreement, CUD has become an early adopter of the Aquafina Water Stations, enabling the university community to reuse plastic and minimize associated waste. During the first six weeks of operation, the three installations have helped save a total of 11,090 plastic bottles, 109,502 ounces of water, and the equivalent of 14 planted trees. The platform also measures the prevention of carbon dioxide emissions and has helped eliminate over 865Kg of emissions so far.

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September 25th, 2018: Starting at 5 PM, students from all around the campus dormitories gathered together, bringing food, drinks, and most importantly, a sense of belonging which helped forge an on-campus family of international students.

While away from home to study and learn, many of these multicultural students who yearn for the time spent around the family dinner table found what they were looking for in one of Canada’s most celebrated traditions.

The event, which was organized and hosted by the Student Council, saw participation from a considerable number of students who just wanted to give something back to their campus community.

Tunes from a multi-cultural playlist decorated the air as students from a variety of backgrounds gathered to present a piece of their home culture, whether it be food or drink from Nigeria, Hong Kong, or Kazakhstan, there was a huge variety and everyone left the event satisfied and well-fed.

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Students, faculty and staff members of Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have come together to help save lives at the annual blood drive held on campus.

More than 70 donors came along to give blood in support of the campaign led by the Dubai Health Authority Blood Donation Centre at Latifa Hospital.

The donations will be used for patients suffering from the blood disorder Thalassemia, a condition that results in the abnormal formation of hemoglobin. Sufferers of the inherited illness need blood every three to four weeks to stabilize their condition. The blood will also be used in cancer treatment, heart surgery and cases of blood loss.

The CUD blood drive is organized by the University Health Centre in collaboration with Student Affairs as part of an annual program of health action and awareness raising activities that takes place on campus.

Ms. Kim Karema, the University Nurse said, "The blood donation drive is an important event in our calendar as it's an opportunity for the University to show its support for the local community. Giving blood is a simple process and one unit can save up to three lives."

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has hosted representatives from more than 20 higher education institutions across the UAE at a workshop organized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) to introduce universities to the quality standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The event saw more than 50 delegates from top universities in the UAE gather in CUD’s Red Theatre to hear from expert Professor Mo Sarhan, Dean of the School of Business Administration, Savannah State University, USA, about aligning CAA and AACSB accreditation standards.

Established almost 100 years ago, AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. AACSB accreditation is regarded worldwide as the longest standing, most recognized form of professionally specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can obtain.

Opening the workshop, CUD Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, paid tribute to the role of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the CAA in advancing the university sector in the UAE, and recognized the ongoing guidance and support they provide to CUD as it approaches its tenth year of operation.

Introducing the workshop on behalf of the Ministry, Dr. Will Williams, CAA Commissioner, said, “One of the distinctive features of higher education in the UAE is the positive disproportion of international accreditations, which highlights the huge significance of events like this in helping us to align with international norms.”

The delegates went on to hear from Professor Sarhan on the standards, processes and challenges of AACSB and the three pillars of innovation, engagement and impact that it is built upon. With less than 5% of the world’s business programs having earned AACSB accreditation, it is a credential that demonstrates first-rate, international standards, producing highly-skilled, sought-after graduates.

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International Conferences

As part of its research agenda, Canadian University Dubai regularly organizes conferences and workshops that bring together both researchers and practitioners to share their experience and expertise on an international stage. These workshops enable multidisciplinary collaboration across diverse research areas with industry and businesses, both regionally and globally.

Canadian University Dubai has successfully organized the following conferences:

Distinguished Speakers

Canadian University Dubai has had the pleasure of hosting numerous distinguished guest speakers, including:

    • H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum

    • H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

    • H.E. Anurag Bhushan, Consul General of India to UAE

    • Dr. Sam Ozarsky, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto

    • Dr. Cigdem Berdi Gokhan, Cankaya University

    • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, and Member, Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, India

    • Professor Muriel Médard, MIT, Boston, USA

    • Professor Norman C. Beaulieu, University of Alberta, Canada

    • Professor Abbas Jamalipour, University of Sydney, Australia

    • Professor Bayan Sharif, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

    • Ms. Aisha Mohamed Al Abdooli, Acting Assistant Undersecretary Environment Affairs Sector, Ministry of Environment & Water, UAE

    • Mr. A. C. Chaturvedi, Executive Director, NTPC LTD, India

    • Mr. Neeraj Bansal, Country Head(India), Real Estate and Construction – KPMG

    • Mr. Jinendra Gugaliya, Scientist, ABB Corporate Research Centre, India

    • Mr. R.S. Mani, Regional General Manager (QE) – Middle East – ABS Group Inc

    • Mr. Niraj Mathur, Sr. Lead Assessor, Lloyds, Dubai

    • Mr. U. K. Das, AGM (EC) NTPC Ltd., India

    • CA. Nitin Wadhwa, Assistant Manager, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Ministry of Power, India

    • Mr. Vivek Soni, Ph. D. Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

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