The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched by a UN Summit in New York on 25-27 September 2015 and is aimed at ending poverty in all its forms. The UN 2030 Agenda envisages “a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination”. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and international human rights treaties and emphasizes the responsibilities of all states to respect, protect and promote human rights. There is a strong emphasis on the empowerment of women and of vulnerable groups such as children, young people, persons with disabilities, older persons, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. The agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and their 169 targets, aim at eradicating poverty in all forms and “seek to realize the human rights of all and achieve gender equality”.

Sustainable Development Goal17(SDG17) is about building strong global partnerships and cooperation. For a development agenda to be successfully implemented, inclusive partnerships (global, Persian Gulf region, national and local) must be built on principles and values, as well as on a shared vision and goals that focus on people and planet first.

Many countries require official development assistance to promote growth and trade. Even so, aid levels are declining, so multi-country support for aid commitments must be sought. Now more than ever, strong international cooperation is needed to ensure that countries that have the means to recover from the pandemic build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) leads the nation’s international development cooperation agenda. The UAE Foreign Assistance Policy for 2017 – 2021 provides the strategic direction of the UAE’s support to developing countries in their quest to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, strengthening universal peace, empowering women and protecting girls, improving infrastructure and transportation, and government effectiveness, as outlined in the 17 SDGs.

The Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has a strong commitment to supporting these sustainable goals, so the university has compiled information and built a series of Sustainability reports containing the university's efforts with respect to each of the 17 different goals.

Major international initiatives have been generated that seek to provide support on this path to sustainability, and offer methodologies or guidelines with which to rigorously and transparently develop their actions and how they impact society.

CUD seeks to integrate sustainability into the management inside and outside the university by supporting not only research but also collaborations with different organizations and the realization of events that help in the process of achieving the objectives, this document corresponds specifically to SDG16 which deals with Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

University Relevant Events

CUD prides itself on actively participating in a wide variety of conferences and dialogues addressing the SDGs, as well as supporting NGOs and raising awareness on a variety of topics. Within the university, these types of events have also been generated where government agencies and other organizations participate.

A paper revealing the behavior and attitudes of women residing in the UAE towards breast cancer screening has been published in the International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences (IJRSB). The study was undertaken in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with The Pink Caravan, a breast cancer awareness initiative of The Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP), and written by Dr. Rami El Khatib of the School of Environment and Health Sciences at the Canadian University Dubai. A total of 496 women volunteered to participate in the study, the majority being Emirati, between the ages of 30 and 39 years old, and a minority older than 60 years, most of whom (91%) having had no family history of breast cancer. Approximately 48% (236) of these women were referred for mammogram or ultrasound, either for having an abnormal clinical breast examination or because they met the criteria of being over 40 years old and had not had a mammogram during the last 12 months. This paper that was published by CUD in collaboration with FoCP, indicates the need for more health educational and promotional campaigns among women in the UAE, to increase their awareness of breast cancer screening and to reduce their risk of one of the most common cancers affecting women nowadays. One of the most important factors of this paper was to also highlight the importance of initiatives such as the Pink Caravan in increasing awareness of breast cancer among women in the UAE and the region.

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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. 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.

On several occasions CUD has collaborated giving information about the need to support this type of NGOs, giving information to the community to help the least needy people, in addition to collaborating with this organization financially and with campaigns, CUD has also donated school supplies for children and the possibility of taking courses for women protected by this organization, with which they can overcome adversity and have an education and a better future

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Dr. Rawa Nahhas, Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), has been contributing to the regional dialogue on child development through her recent conference participation and publication on the subject of positive children’s media.

In an article published in Al Bayan, Dr. Nahhas discussed how media has become a primary source of learning in the contemporary digital world, and explored how positive children’s media could be created to aid educational and personal development.

Posing a number of questions, including who should compose the content, what the content should be, and how it should be raised, Dr. Nahhas argued that addressing these factors could help to establish the media as a legitimate support mechanism in creating children awareness.

The Conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and brought together representatives from the government and private sectors to engage in discussions surrounding the importance of mothers in building cohesive families in the region.

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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. 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.

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Canadian University Dubai students accompanied from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences accompanied by Dr. Ahmad Okasha, were invited by Dubai Health Authority to attend the Dubai International Health Tourism Forum.

Health Industry leaders from around the world participated in this first Forum hosted by the Authority. The conference provided our students with first hand exposure to and interaction with international health industry experts and health executives.

Held at the Madinat Jumeirah, DIHF is a premium gateway for healthcare providers across the world to explore wellness related business opportunities designed to attract FDIs, as well as discussing medical & wellness tourism strategies and to improving population health management.

The Forum focused on the theme “Reimagining Experience” in healthcare travel and was dedicated to bringing together prominent leaders and pioneers from the public and private health and travel sectors. Speakers engaged in inspirational, thought provoking, and future-focused dialogues aiming to enhance the experience of health travel in Dubai and worldwide.

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As Dubai's urbanized area is set to double in the next five years, incorporating sustainability factors in buildings and infrastructure will become a necessity, not a luxury, according to Dubai Municipality's Assistant Director of Planning and Engineering, Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Rafi.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Sustainability Day hosted by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) Mr. Rafi said that the application of building information modeling technology and the implementation of green building regulations are among the measures that will support the sustainable development of the built environment in the run up to 2020.

The Sustainability Day was organized by the University in collaboration with the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) in the context of Dubai's vision for a sustainable, smart city by 2021. The opening ceremony also heard from Mr. Hussain AlFardan, Director of ECAT, Dr. Karim Chelli, President of CUD, and Dr. Hoshiar Nooraddin, Assistant Professor and Conference organizer and Chair.

The unique event brought a wide range of stakeholders - Government, business, education, as well as high school and university students - to one platform, to debate the sustainability agenda, with particular reference to the challenges in Dubai and the UAE.

The event heard from keynote speakers from the public, private and NGO sectors on subjects ranging from food security and water stress, to the roles of various organizations in driving forward sustainability measures. Alongside the conference was a Sustainability Exhibition, which saw organizations from the transport, energy, agriculture, retail, NGO and Government sectors showcase their own contributions to sustainable development.

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The Faculty of Architecture & Interior Design (FAID) successfully held an International Virtual Symposium on “New Sustainability Practices in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction”.

Organized by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in collaboration with Sherbrook University (Canada) and La Rochelle University (France), the symposium addressed the latest advancements in the field, stressing on the importance of sustainable material and construction techniques in architecture.

Moderating the event, Dr. Seif Khiati, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Canadian University Dubai, said: "I believe that this event achieved the outcomes that we were hoping for. I am very optimistic that this FAID Symposium, is the beginning of more events to come that will help to lay the foundations for future multidisciplinary partnership, cooperation, research, and publication in this field."

Event attendees included: professionals, officials, educators, and university students from the related fields (architecture, civil engineering, material engineering, etc.) from a variety of municipalities, firms, and universities within the region.

Inspiring innovation, fueling the future in sustainable buildings, and highlighting practical ways in which we can improve in this domain moving forward, participants learned how to disseminate information on recent innovations in the field, strengthen the multidisciplinary approach to sustainable architecture, engineering design and implementation, encourage further collaboration between architecture and engineering to create a more sustainable society and built environment, and much more.

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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. This demonstrates CUD's effort and relationship with the government and in generating a more sustainable future.

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Dr. Adel Ben Mnaouer, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), is among a team of international scientists that has developed a pioneering technology to enable high-efficiency air quality monitoring, to help promote a cleaner environment and reduce health risks associated with poor atmospheric quality. Known as SENNO, the new technology was created as part of a $1 million research initiative funded by the Qatar Foundation’s National Priorities Research Program, and has now secured QR 1.3 million from the Qatar Science and Technology Park for a sixteen-month proof of concept prototyping project. The innovation, which was developed in collaboration with academics from Qatar University and the University of Brescia, uses advanced sensor technology to manage energy drawn from the environment, enabling the continuous operation of air quality monitoring systems without human intervention. Currently, the data from this research has been discussed with the government agencies of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates in order to make the CUD responsible for providing information about the state of the air in the region and thus generate new technology to help the quality of oxygen in the region.

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As part of their course,students from Management of Domestic and Hazardous Waste (ENV 407) class visited Dubai’s Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility, accompanied by Course Lecturer Mr. Rashed Karkain. During the visit, the students were briefed by the officials responsible for the operation and management of the facility and learned about the management of Hazardous Wastes in Dubai. They were able to follow the process from the point of generation through to the permitting system, monitoring and control and eventually the environmentally sound treatment and safe disposal. Students were also able to visit the Medical Waste Incinerator, an award-winning project in the Dubai Government Excellence Program (2010). This facility accommodates all medical wastes from the city of Dubai, incinerating them in a controlled manner utilizing proper pollution control systems to prevent the emission of toxic gases into ambient air.

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The Best mGovernment Service Award was created in 2013 to motivate government entities to provide innovative solutions in the field of smart phone applications, mobile web and SMS that ensure access to government services around the clock that are easy, efficient and transparent to meet the public needs and exceed their expectations. At one of the past events, student Ahmed Farrag from CUD spoke to aspiring contestants for the UAE Mobile Government Service Awards .Ahmed was among a team of three CUD students who made it to the finals of the competition with their innovative app, SmartCart. Together with his teammate and CUD graduate, Mohammed Baziyad, Ahmed was called upon by the office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to share his knowledge and experience with future contenders in the competition. The competition in which he has continued to participate aims to support the UAE's Smart Government vision by presenting innovative solutions for the delivery of government services through smart technology. This is a special category dedicated to students enrolled in UAE universities, to engage young people in developing new tools in the field of smartphone applications, mobile websites and SMS technology. Several projects presented have served to generate support for innovations that have been implemented in the UAE.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and University of Lyon (Université de Lyon) have entered into a partnership to launch joint academic and research activities, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Dubai recently.

The MOU was signed by Prof. Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai and Prof. Khaled Bouabdallah, President of University of Lyon, in the presence of Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of CUD, Mr. Jacques Comby, President of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, Mr. Alain Galliano, Vice President of metropolitan Lyon, and senior officials and academics of CUD.

The MoU envisages a host of collaborative activities, including exploring the launch of new programs, development of a diploma training program with member institutions of University of Lyon, and exchange of academics and students. It also covers exchange of publications and research materials, conducting joint projects related to research, teaching and faculty development and developing artistic and cultural initiatives for stronger community engagement.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined forces with the leading digital-tech institution Multimedia University (MMU) to establish a new platform for collaboration in higher education between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia.

The partnership was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two universities. CUD was represented by its President and Vice Chancellor Professor Karim Chelli, and MMU by Professor Datuk Dr. Ts. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq, its President and Chief Executive Officer. Witnessing the signing was Professor Dr. Ho Chin Kuan, MMU’s Vice President (Academic & Internationalization), and Professor David Santandreu Calonge, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences at CUD.

The new agreement represents a step up in advancing CUD’s vision to become an international, world-class institution by developing mutually-beneficial relationships with leading universities around the globe, and in particular, across the Asia-Pacific region. The collaboration will create opportunities for CUD and MMU academics to work together on strategic intercontinental projects, as well as offering articulation pathways to students of the two universities.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined the International Association of Universities (IAU), further demonstrating our commitment to growing our global network of institutional partners and facilitating our education and applied research development to enhance our academic and cultural exchanges.

Founded in 1950, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the IAU is the leading global association of higher education institutions and organizations from around the world. As an independent, bilingual (English and French), non-governmental, membership organization, the IAU gathers more than 640 Members (institutions, organizations, affiliates and associates) from over 120 countries to identify, reflect, and act on common priorities.

As a respected global voice, the vision of the IAU is to promote collaboration among its members by articulating the fundamental values and principles that underpin the pursuit, dissemination, and application of knowledge. Central to these values and principles is the importance of international collaboration, tolerance, equity, and academic diversity.

The Association advocates for higher education policies and practices that respect diverse perspectives and promote social responsibility. Acting as a forum for sharing and joint action, the IAU encourages innovation, mutual learning, and cooperation amongst institutions.

CUD’s affiliation showcases the importance of developing mutually-beneficial global partnerships that strengthen our role in the international higher education community and contribute to the advancement of research and knowledge.

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The Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Creativity (CEIC) based at Canadian University Dubai has joined the ranks of the International Observatory on Smart City Learning, connecting the UAE with leading European research institutions in the field of smart technology.

The International Observatory, hosted by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, brings together academics and research groups from several top European institutions - including Stockholm University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Aalborg University, and Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg – to to promote transnational collaboration and debate on the challenges and opportunities of smart city learning.

Founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Dubai Education LLC, the Centre of Excellence set out to support the UAE's national strategic plan for 2021, including the goal of a sustainable and diversified economy through green development.

Under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the City has initiated a program of transformational projects that aims to build one of the world's most connected and sustainable smart cities by the inception Expo 2020.

With the Expo theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', knowledge and education will have an important role to play in the prelude to 2020, and by promoting the advancement of learning practices through smart solutions, CEIC is aiming to make its own contribution to the strategic vision of the event.

Speaking about the new partnership, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chairman of Dubai Education LLC, said, "The Centre of Excellence was established to bring forward knowledge and innovations that have the potential to make a significant contribution to UAE society. Smart technologies are a key driver in the evolution of educational practices, and by joining international leaders in the field we can harness our expertise to develop solutions that could transform the way we teach and learn."

Dr. Karim Chelli, CEO of Dubai Education LLC, commented, "This is a significant milestone for the Centre at an important time, as the UAE accelerates the pace of its development and implementation of smart solutions across both Government and lifestyle services."

Since its establishment, the Centre has created a platform for academic and industry collaboration on sustainable development through innovation and creativity, and attracted leading authorities in the field to speak at its international conferences and events.

Having established itself as an important think tank for smart city development in the UAE, the Centre will now represent the region on an international stage through the Observatory.

Dr. Kiran Tangri, Director of CEIC said, "Membership of the International Observatory will allow us to exchange best practices with global experts on smart city learning and help to showcase Dubai on the world stage as an ambitious, innovative and technology-driven society."

Prof. Carlo Giovannella, Coordinator of the International Observatory commented, "We welcome the membership of the Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Creativity, Dubai Education LLC, as a strategically important organization in the field, demonstrated through their leading role in last year's 'Dubai 2020: Smart City Learning' workshop.

"We look forward to a very fruitful collaboration that will lead to the development of exciting learning ecosystems in the region and, in turn, support the process towards the achievement of sustainable and people-centred smart cities.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has been ranked amongst the top 601-650 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2022. The unprecedented achievement positions the University among the top 2% of institutions for higher education worldwide as it enters the internationally renowned ranking system for the first time in its history.

CUD was among an elite group of universities across the globe to qualify for assessment under the 2022 ranking process. Evaluated against a range of measures, including research citations, reputation, teaching, employability of its graduates, and internationalization, the University was also placed among the top 4 universities in the United Arab Emirates.

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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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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.

CUD has a large number of courses for the different programs, most of the courses are linked to the SDGs, this is due to the university's process of collaborating with the UAE in the process of sustainable development. In addition to this, the university has a process of aid in research, project participation and several additional aids for students to also be part of the process of improving the university and to have more sustainable courses.

  • Course Descriptions

Below is a small list of some of the courses related to the SDGs at the university.

ACT 315 Digital Forensic

This course addresses forensics in computerized systems that use Windows as the operating system. This course focuses on operating system analysis, file system analysis, web and email analysis, and handling forensic evidence at court. Prerequisite: ACT-212 & SWS-351

ACT 325 Forensic Accounting

This course introduces the basics of forensic accounting, its key areas, and the required set of skills to succeed as a forensic accountant. The course also gives students, through some real-life cases, a glimpse into the actual practice of forensic accounting. Topics covered include legal environment of forensic accounting, staging the engagement, gathering evidence, financial statement fraud, fraud investigation, money laundering, business valuation, and digital forensics. Prerequisite: ACT-212

ACT 328 Money Laundering

This course addresses money-laundering operations that are designed to take the proceeds of illegal activities, such as profits from fraud, and make them appear to come from a legitimate source. The course explores the laundering process; methods used to launder funds, and discuss local and international regulations to combat money laundering. It also addresses techniques used to investigate suspected laundering activities. Prerequisite: ACT-212

ARCH 330 Environmental Design

Throughout the academic year three specific themes are engaged: design brief and use, site and environment, and construction and materials. Studio exercises, individual assignments and design projects each emphasize the investigation and assessment of such themes in addition to addressing various design factors that include human safety, ease of accessibility, sustainability and urban context. Specified studio design projects are coordinated with the corresponding subject areas and projects in the required courses concerning Environmental Systems and Design Integration, and Structures. Prerequisite: DESI-221

ARCH 331 Integrated Design

Throughout the academic year three specific themes are engaged: design brief and use, site and environment, and construction and materials. Studio exercises, individual assignments and design projects each emphasize the investigation and assessment of such themes in addition to addressing various design factors that include human safety, ease of accessibility, sustainability and urban context. Specified studio design projects are coordinated with the corresponding subject areas and projects in the required courses concerning Environmental Systems and Design Integration, and Structures. Prerequisite: ARCH-330

ARCH 430 Architecture and Ecology

In this course, through lectures and presentations, the ecological systems that connect with architectural theory and practice are analyzed in the context of a number of factors, many of which embody current and future problems. Human physiology, the occupation of space, and principles of sustainability are further examined against energy consumption, environmental degradation, life cycles of materials and products, and valid interior and exterior design strategies. Assignments will address these key criteria including a major integrated project. Prerequisite: ARCH-331 or INDE-330

ARCH 431 Planning and Urban Design

This course is an introduction into Planning and Urban Design. It focuses on connections between urban form and the general cultural and socio-economic context. It will introduce both basic concepts of Planning and Urban Design as developed in relevant theories and specific methods of examining and developing proposals for particular design contexts. The aim of the course is to create awareness and an understanding of the basic principles of City Planning and Urban Design. It aims at facilitating critical approaches towards understanding, examining and proposing directions towards solutions at the urban context. The course will start by introducing and examining a historical development of planning theory highlighting the main issues and approaches towards them. The course will proceed to introduce the subject of urban design highlighting the main trends and the basic concepts. Having established the general theoretical framework, specific methods are introduced. These will cover ways of examining urban contexts as well as those relating to the formulation of solutions to specific urban design problems. Prerequisite: ARCH-331

BIO 100 Unifying Life Processes

The unity underlying all life forms is explored through examination of the cell, and the biological chemicals, structures, and processes that govern cell organization, metabolism, communication, integration and reproduction. Major topics include respiration and photosynthesis; regulation of the cell cycle; features of multicellularity; DNA structure, function, and repair; gene expression and regulation; mitosis and meiosis; patterns of inheritance; microbial genetics. Prerequisite: None

BIO 101 Human Biology

This course introduces the students to the basic knowledge of the human body with emphasis on understanding human biological mechanisms and processes, the human body’s structure and functional organization. Interactive lab sessions allow students to better understand the interrelation between the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: Cell Structure and Function, Organization of the Human Body, Skeletal System, Human Systems and Aging Process. Prerequisite: None

CRI 402 HR in Creative Industries

This course exposes students to the dynamic and diverse field of human resources management and provides a foundation in theory and practice for areas such as: human resources planning, recruitment and selection, training and development and compensation. Current events, relevant legislation and future trends are also explored. The course provides students with the fundamentals necessary to effectively manage the human resources function of an organization. Prerequisite: CRI 301, BSM 300

CRI 403 Creative Industries Research Methodology

This course asks how information about the Creative Industries can be collected and analyzed. It surveys research methods that are both useful within the Creative Industries and crucial to studying them. Information retrieval techniques will be reviewed as well as methods of data collection (audience research; content analysis; critical and textual analysis; surveys; interviews; focus groups etc.). Through practical exercises we will develop the research skills that are required of many careers within the Creative Industries (grant, report and policy brief writing etc.) as well as in advanced graduate degrees. Prerequisite: CRI 301

DESI 270 Sustainable Design 1

In this course, through lectures and presentations, the natural and built environments, along with ecological systems are analyzed in terms of depleting resources and the possibilities for sustainable technological solutions to contemporary and future problems. Human physiology, the occupation of space, and principles of sustainability are examined against energy consumption, environmental degradation, life cycles of materials and products, and valid interior and exterior design strategies. Prerequisite: DESI-101

DESI 320 Environmental Systems and Integrated Design 1

In this course, students are introduced to the factors that contribute to the heating and cooling loads in a building, followed by strategies for minimizing energy consumption. Criteria considered include acoustics, ventilation, day lighting, solar energy and geometry, shading and control, heating and cooling. Integrated/holistic design strategies will encompass energy efficiency, energy conservation, human comfort levels for health and productivity. Strategies for passive solar design are combined with day-lighting and ventilation concepts in the context of a sustainable environment. Prerequisite: DESI-221

DESI 321 Environmental Systems and Integrated Design 2

This course embraces a variety of building environmental controls that refer to mechanical systems, duct layout and controls, electric lighting, indoor air quality, transportation, communication, fire safety, water and sewage. Examination of the integration of these systems into the overall building and how the selected systems influence the building design and energy consumption characteristics are emphasized. Students 1earn that architectural design and the mechanical systems impact on the overall building efficiency and that these are a result of not only the efficiency of the individual components, but of their integration. Prerequisite: DESI-320

EFS 200 Introduction to Food Safety

This course introduces the student to the principles of foods safety. It presents information and exercises to demonstrate public health risk associated with production and consumption of food. Topics include: the role of industry, governments and consumers in food safety; and, the role of industry and government in managing and controlling risks. Prerequisite: ENV 201

EFS 210 Food Laws and Legislation

This fundamental course, introduces the student to food legislation and compliance methods at the international, (i.e., Codex Alimentarius, WHO/FAO, GAT, TBT) regional (GCC) and local levels to ensure safe and wholesome food. Prerequisite: EFS 200

EFS 220 Food Chemistry

Food chemistry theory is the focus of this course, whereas the student explores food functional groups and their properties. In this course students will learn the effects of these functional groups on food safety and quality. Prerequisite: SHS 103 & ENV 305

EFS 225 Food Processing

Food processing methods are the focus of this course, whereas the student explores different food processing techniques. In this course students learn the basics of food processing & preservation using various methodologies, and determining the effects of preservation on microorganisms, food safety and quality. Prerequisite: SHS 103 & ENV 305

EFS 230 Food Inspection, Sampling Techniques and Audition

This hands-on course prepares the student to conduct risk-based food inspections. Students will be familiarized with the microbiological food sampling and modeling software to verify and validate food safety management systems. Topics include: food product inspection, food equipment and process verification, and inspection methodologies. This course includes field visits. Prerequisite: ENV 305

EFS 240 Food Safety Management

EFS 240 Food Safety Management Systems This course introduces the student to food safety management systems such as HACCP, ISO 22000, menuSafe, BRC, Safer Food Better Business, Salamat Zadna. Topics also include the identification of risk factors which adversely affect public health and hazard analysis. Prerequisite: EFS 200 & ENV 305.

ENV 125 Ecosystems and Human Health

This course introduces the key concepts of ecosystems and health, emphasizing how they are related and the implications of this relationship to human wellbeing. Students will juxtapose the ecosystems and health, and ecosystems and the health of humans. The course will provide knowledge, skills and attitudes of relevance to problem-solving in personal and professional like. Prerequisite: None Equivalent: GED-125

ENV 201 Principles of Environmental Sciences

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies. It covers a range of issues: Environmental impact, Biodiversity, Air and water pollution, Food production, Soil resources, Soil erosion, Energy, Domestic and hazardous wastes, population growth, ethics, and policy. Approaches to prevention and control are discussed within the overall context of sustainability. Prerequisite: None

ENV 304 Water and Wastewater Quality Control

This course focuses on the principles of water management (both in quantity and quality) with emphasis on fresh water resources for domestic and multi-purpose utilization. Characterization, treatment, reclamation, and recycling of wastewater are also discussed. International guidelines, standards, and directives for water and wastewater management are presented. Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 305 Food Quality and Control

This course introduces the concept of food hygiene and emphasizes its importance. Topics include: Quality terms & definitions, Quality development cycle, elements and their evaluation, Food quality management (structures, policies and responsibilities), Food standardization and legislation, Statistical tools and quality improvement, Food quality systems (GMP, ISO 9000, HACCP, risk analysis and conformity certificate), Food quality systems (The audit process, registration, and certification). Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 308 Community Environmental Health

This course addresses Sanitation and management principles of community problems related to waste disposal, vector control, food and milk protection, swimming pools, and recreation activities. Topics include: Sustainable Yield & Natural remediation, Environmentally-incurred disease, Zoonotic diseases, Insects and other pests, Integrated Pest Management, Food Quality and Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Food Bio Security Issues, Solid Waste Management, Recreational Facilities, Milk Products. Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 407 Management of Domestic and Hazardous Waste

This course introduces the element of solid waste management: sources, characterization, generation rates, collection, transportation, and disposal technologies. Topics include: Collection, transportation, storage and disposal methods, Treatment and disposal technologies, Solid waste management planning, Waste minimization Reduction, Reclamation, Recycling, Reuse and Disposal, Application of treatment and disposal methods, Collection and disposal of wastewater, Types of hazardous wastes, Treatment and disposal technologies of hazardous waste, risk assessment and management, Site redemption, Safe management of wastes from healthcare activities. Prerequisite: ENV 304

ENV 408 Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This course introduces the types and sources of data in measuring population health, the different epidemiological study designs, and exploratory data analysis. Topics include: Measures of morbidity and mortality used in epidemiology, Descriptive epidemiology, Measures of effect and data interpretation issues, Screening for disease in the community and epidemiology of infectious disease, Molecular, genetic, psychologic, behavioral and social epidemiology, Practical applications of biostatistics, concept, scope and uses of statistics, Probability and sampling distribution, Correlation and regression, sample size for estimation, Epi-Info 3.3.2 and SPSS. Prerequisite: MTH 195, ENV 201

ENV 409 Marine and Air Pollution

The environments covered in this course include water and inside and outside air: There is an emphasis on sources and types of pollutants as well as environmental degradation and its consequences. Marine pollution management is covered in depth; including international legislation for the conservation of the marine environment. The course discusses the health effects and economic consequences of exposure to outdoor pollutants and of indoor pollutants (e.g., asbestos, tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, radon). Prerequisite: ENV 407

ENV 410 Occupational Health and Toxicology

This course introduces the general principles governing occupational health and acceptable levels of hazardous chemical and physical agents in the workplace. Toxic agents in the environment in general and specifically in the occupational environment are studied with respect to entry routes, how they act in the body, their effect on metabolism, the impact of different levels of exposure (i.e. their toxicity). Tools and techniques for monitoring the work environment and the workers themselves for exposure to hazardous agents, evaluating data, recognizing and assessing risks and controlling hazards are presented. Prerequisite: ENV 302, 407.

ENV 411 Research Study in the Field of Environmental Health

This course provides the students with the skills required to develop a research study in the field of environmental health and present the finding to the audience. Following aspects are covered: Introduction on how to write researchable questions and problem statement, Problem statement, critical review of the literature, methods for data collection questionnaire construction, tools for data collection, reliability and validity measures, citations and references and writing the research document. Prerequisite: 81 Cr.H

GED 199 UAE Society

This course is an introduction to the UAE society in its political, geographical, cultural, demographical and social aspects. Students are encouraged to reflect on the evolution of society in view of the fast changes brought by modernization and globalization. Topics include: the Emirates geography and history, aspects of life before and after the Emirates political union, economic and social development, the cultural life before and after the union Prerequisite: None

HRM 275 Conflict Resolution

This course focuses on the nature of conflict and the methods to resolve conflict with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving and mediation. The students will be able to synthesize and be exposed to the preparation for negotiation, development of a negotiating style, and how to establish trust in building a relationship. Prerequisite: MGT-202, HRM-210

HRM 300 Human Resource Development

This course is a study of the theory and practice in human resource training and development applied to organizational settings. Topics include: Organizational Role of Training Specialist, Identifying Training Needs, Maximizing the Trainee’s Learning, Evaluating Training Programs, On-Site and Off-Site Training Methods, Developing & Training Leaders & Executives, Societal Concerns. Prerequisite: HRM-210 Equivalent: HRM-410

HRM 310 Human Resource Management

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental issues associated with Human Resource Management (HRM). An examination of the major topics related to HRM and current issues are addressed to better understand the important role of human resources as a source of competitive advantage for organizations in today’s ever-changing environment Prerequisite: MGT-202

HRM 320 UAE Labour Law and Relations

This course explores how UAE labor law regulates the legal aspects of employer-employee relations, attempting to identify the economic and regulatory influences that have shaped UAE labor laws. It focuses particularly on the legal regulation of collective worker activity and will identify values that inform the legislative, judicial, administrative, arbitral, contractual and informal rules and norms through which law regulates the current diverse management-labor environment. Prerequisite: MGT 202

CUD is committed to informing the Dubai and UAE community about the processes to be undertaken to achieve the sustainable goals.

One way to reach a larger number of people is through our partners, with whom we have alliances and help the community learn about events, provide support to students and other research and management processes together.

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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Dubai Real Estate Corporation

Dubai Real Estate Corporation aims to make Dubai the world’s leading destination for all major exhibitions, conferences and events

Dubai Police

Dubai Police insure security and safety for the community and maintain public order with world-class efficiency, professionalism, and levels of excellence.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank strives to deliver banking as it should be: simple, transparent, for mutual benefit and guided and inspired by Shari’a.

Dubai World Trade Centre

Established in 1979 as the anchor high rise on what is recognized today as Dubai’s dazzling skyscraper corridor, the Dubai World Trade Centre has and continues to play a crucial role in promoting trade with the wider region and opening doors for business opportunities with the world.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

DEWA is meeting customer satisfaction and promoting Dubai’s vision through delivery of electricity and water services at a world-class level of reliability, efficiency, safety and environment by a competent workforce and effective partnerships; supporting resources sustainability.

Dubai Municipality

Dubai Municipality works to plan, design, build and manage the municipal infrastructure, facilities and services through the appropriate investment in human and other resources maintaining sustainable development.

Emirates Environmental Group

Emirates Environmental Group is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through means of education, action programs and community involvement.

Dubai Health Authority

A world-class integrated health system, Dubai Health Authority ensures excellence in health and healthcare for the Emirate of Dubai and promotes Dubai as a globally recognized destination for medical care.

Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development seeks to create an environment for sustainable economic development to enhance the economic welfare & prosperity of Dubai and the UAE.

Emirates Cancer Foundation

The Emirates Cancer Foundation (ECF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created by a group of dedicated volunteers and professionals with the aim of raising awareness about cancer to the people of the UAE, Middle East and all other Arabic-speaking regions, and to educate and support them


Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) is a Dubai government department responsible for the legal supervision over the Awqaf, its care and investment, as well as the well-being of minors. It manages and invests such money through an Islamic perspective in full Sharia compliance as well as cares and empowers such minors.

Knowledge Expansion

Knowledge Expansion is a relationship consultancy organization that works with various industry leaders to transfer and share knowledge. Their mission is to share information on ethical approaches that are scientifically validated, to help companies and people gain and increase their credibility.

Roads & Transport Authority

The RTA develops integrated and sustainable transportation systems and provide distinguished services to all stakeholders to support Dubai’s comprehensive growth plans through preparing policies and legislations, adapting technologies and innovative approaches, and implementing world-class practices and standards.

Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre

The Rashid Centre aims to provide high quality, integrated education services and therapies for children with special needs. The Centre’s purpose is to develop children’s abilities to function and learn within their environments, that is, home, school, and community, and to develop maximum independence and participation in these environments.

Brookefield Multiplex

Brookfield Multiplex is a leading global contractor – they build, engineer, maintain and operate property and infrastructure assets. Steadfast, driven and bold, Brookfield Multiplex is an accomplished international contracting and development business, at their best creating large-scale and complex landmark buildings, commercial structures and infrastructure projects. Forward-thinking and focused they build sustainable futures, enriching communities.


The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) leads the nation’s international development cooperation agenda. The UAE Foreign Assistance Policy for 2017 – 2021 provides the strategic direction of the UAE’s support to developing countries in their quest to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, strengthening universal peace, empowering women and protecting girls, improving infrastructure and transportation, and government effectiveness, as outlined in the 17 SDGs

  • More than 90% of the funding for projects within SDGs 8 and 17 was allocated to augment government budgets in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) giving flexibility to governments to allocate funds according to their plans and priorities

  • UAE provided AED 1.7 billion (USD 460 million) to International Organizations for multilateral funding that covered social, economic and environmental programs

  • UAE provided AED 1.8 billion (USD 490 million) to International NGOs, national NGOs and civil society institutions across 130 countries

  • To support SDG 17 and its target 17.3 ‘Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources’, MOFAIC setup a solutions-driven dialogue with key actors from the UAE-based private sector and development community to mobilize resources for women empowerment

  • In collaboration with the UN, the World Bank and the UN Foundation, the UAE organized the SDGs in Action workshop at the 2016 and 2017 World Government Summit (UAE), which brought together stakeholders from around the world to discuss key challenges and initiatives to support SDG 17 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development

Lack of awareness, which the ministry is working on through increasing UAE Donors’ knowledge of and commitment to the 2030 Agenda in order to achieve the SDGs globally and improve the process of effective coordination.