16.3.2 Does your university as a body provide outreach, general education, upskilling and capacity-building to policy- and law-makers on relevant topics e.g. economics, law, technology, climate change?

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.

To find out more about our community outreach activities, view our Corporate Training Prospectus and our Policy for Community Engagement.

You can also contact engagement@cud.ac.ae

Rise Up Community

Blend your digital life with physical life through the youth community hub!

Student: Rahaf Deeb

Project Type: Community Development Centre for Youth

Rise Up Community is a ‘hope’ community development and innovation centre 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.

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.

“We are innovating to strengthen our existing industries and make the transition into a low-carbon, climate resilient economy, in line with the country’s objective to diversify its economy,” said His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi in his welcoming remarks highlighting climate change opportunities and challenges in the UAE. “All sectors are working towards implementing those national priorities under the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050 launched last year,” he said.

The Minister noted that the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is currently focusing on addressing climate change impacts on the health sector as part of its climate change adaptation efforts, where other priority sectors include energy, infrastructure and the environment. He pointed out that globally the health sector is yet to be monitored extensively from a climate change point of view, although heat stress and other diseases are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. Other areas highlighted include the impact of climate change on biodiversity, which is expected to result in changes in the distribution patterns of species and ecosystems, and hence the efforts of the UAE toward biodiversity conservation.

His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi also called for greater cooperation among the public sector, private sector and academia as well as international organizations in addressing climate change. He said, “I welcome this Conference held in Dubai as an important contribution to building the capacity of UAE stakeholders to advance our climate action efforts under the National Climate Change Plan.”

While delivering the welcome address, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of CUD, hailed the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as a key driver for enhancing the UAE’s efforts in addressing the threats of climate change, through the implementation of comprehensive policies and initiatives to adapt and mitigate climate change impacts.

He also praised the conference co-host, the UPEI, and announced that CUD would be launching programs in climate change and environment in association with the well-known Canadian university.

On the sidelines of the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Karim Chelli, President of CUD, and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President of UPEI, to implement joint initiatives concerning environmental issues.


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.

As home to one of the leading art and design schools in the region, CUD is well placed to contribute to the DDFC agenda. Under the agreement, CUD students are set to benefit from workshops, talks, competitions and other special events that will open up opportunities for them in this burgeoning regional industry.

Speaking on behalf of CUD, Professor Chelli said, “Dubai is renowned for its innovation and creativity in design and when we established the School we aimed to both contribute to this growing reputation and to provide opportunities for students to learn and work in this genuinely unique environment. We are delighted to enter into this partnership with DDFC to collaborate in the next stage of development, to put Dubai on the map at the centre of the design world.”

Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Chairperson,Dubai Design & Fashion Council added “Supporting and incubating creative talent lies at the core of our mandate at DDFC. Working with leading educational institutions in the region such the Canadian University of Dubai is essential in creating new avenues for nurturing young designers, and bridging the gap between academia and the market to accelerate growth of the design industry in Dubai. This partnership is undoubtedly a great milestone in our journey and we look forward to a mutually beneficial collaboration.”

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.

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."


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.

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.

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:

Global Climate Conference (GCC), April 23rd-25th, 2018, Canadian University Dubai, Dubai, UAE.

International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as driving forces of the Global Economy (ICLIE), April 20th-22nd, 2016, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE.

International Conference on Web & Open Access to Learning, November 25th - 27th, 2014. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE.

International Conclave on Data Analytics, BI, Action Research & Cases in the Power and Energy Sector February 23rd -26th, 2014.

6th Joint IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference, (WMNC 2013), April 23rd-25th, 2013. Atlantis Hotel. Dubai. UAE.

4th International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies (NDT'2012) - April 24th-26th, 2012.

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