direct involvement in, or input into, national government SDG policy development

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.

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Canadian University Dubai is licensed to award degrees by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. In addition, all of our degree granting programs are accredited by the Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs through the Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Canadian University Dubai has been ranked in the top 2% (601-650) worldwide and top 4 in the United Arab Emirates according to the QS World University Rankings 2022. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking system is recognized among the world’s most respected university rankings.

The university has occupied a very advanced and distinguished position among higher education institutions in the UAE, including first place at the Dubai city level and 25th place at the Emirati level in terms of the quality of education. It was also ranked among the best universities in the world and was able to obtain international and international accreditations for its educational programs and curricula. This has allowed it to be more involved in the processes related to the fulfillment of the SDGs, not only in direct relationship with high-level officials but also with governmental organizations in both the public and private sectors.

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  • An example of our engagement with important authorities is when Her Excellency, Dr. Sheikha Hind AbdulAziz Al Qassimi, a member of the Sharjah royal family, along with several government officials visited the campus during the International Women's Day celebration, where she not only participated in the conference but also spoke to the university administration about the processes, projects and research that will help fulfill the SDGs.

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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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January 19th, 2016: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and Bank of China (Dubai) Branch (BOC) have joined forces to support a series of education, research and professional development initiatives for students and employees in Dubai’s banking sector. The collaboration was sealed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a ceremony presided over by Her Excellency Lingbing Li, Consul General of China, and Chancellor of CUD, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi.

The agreement will provide undergraduate students with exposure to the banking industry through job search support and internship opportunities, while sharing business research and intelligence through BOC guest lectures on campus at CUD. The partnership will also facilitate higher learning amongst BOC employees and promote Chinese cultural events across the university community.

China is one of the UAE’s largest trade partners and CUD has welcomed a growing Chinese student population in recent years. During her address at the MoU ceremony, Her Excellency Mrs Li said, “The implementation of this agreement not only combines the strengths of both entities, but also tightens the relationship of both countries.”

She continued, “Dubai was not a conventional, preferred destination for overseas student in the past. However, with the maturity of the academic environment, the booming demand for talent, and job opportunities generated by EXPO 2020, it attracts an increasing number of overseas students, specially the group from China. I trust that the 100 Chinese students currently studying in CUD are just the beginning of a new stage for both countries and their people to tighten friendship and civilian intercourse.”

In his remarks, Mr. Al Ghandi referred to the strengthening ties between China and the UAE, demonstrated through the recent visit to the country by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Of the agreement, Mr. Al Ghandi said, “On behalf of CUD, I would like to express how proud we are to be part of the portfolio of such a prestigious organization as Bank of China and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

Established over a century ago, BOC is China’s most internationalized and diversified bank, having extended its operation across more than 40 countries and regions around the world. Representing the Bank to sign the MoU was Mr. Chunyan Cai, General Manager of Bank of China (Dubai Branch) and Regional Head (MENA).

Mr. Cai said, “Bank of China is delighted to be able to assist graduates by sharing information and making use of our extensive research capabilities. We are also excited about offering internships within our organisation where all-important experience and crucial knowledge of the Banking world is gained.

“This partnership allows Bank of China to understand more easily the youth of other cultures, and how cultural diversification in the region actually forms the bedrock of its success. I would like to thank CUD for giving the Bank of China Dubai access to the future treasure of our region – young, intelligent people from all cultures.”

Signing the MoU on behalf of CUD was President, Dr. Karim Chelli, who said that the University recognizes the value and significance of collaboration with China and its institutions, and this agreement will open the door to a range of unique opportunities.

The ceremony concluded with a special performance of Chinese calligraphy by Mr. Yuan Yongjia.

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Monday, June 14, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) is pleased to announce our membership to PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), a world-wide initiative of the United Nations Global Compact to promote responsible and sustainable management education.

CUD now joins 850 leading business and management schools across 95 countries around the world in their commitment to build a more sustainable future by supporting the achievement of PRME’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing the following Six Principles:

    1. Purpose: Develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large, working towards an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

    2. Values: Incorporate into our academic activities, curricula, and organizational practices the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

    3. Method: Create educational frameworks, materials, processes, and environments to enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.

    4. Research: Engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental, and economic value.

    5. Partnership: Interact with managers of business corporations to extend knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities, and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.

    6. Dialogue: Facilitate, support dialog, and debate, among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations, other interested groups, and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, PRME functions as a convener of networks whereby signatories are encouraged to take part (PRME Champions, PRME Working Groups, and PRME Chapters) and expand their engagement with peers and partners, with the purpose of scaling up accomplishments in the areas of sustainability and responsible management education. CUD is among 11 universities in the United Arab Emirates to participate.

As a global learning community of thought leaders, academics, businesses, students, and leadership experts, PRME places great emphasis on engaging students and youth. As leaders of tomorrow, their role is pivotal in tackling the development challenges of the 21st century.

PRME Global Students (PGS) was developed as part of the PRME network, a student-run initiative designed to co-create a space for fruitful and creative collaboration, collective reflection, and joyful interactions between and beyond student organizations in the realm of sustainable development. PGS aims to empower and create value for student organizations worldwide by leveraging their interests while facilitating connections to each other and further players in a fast-paced.

For more information, please visit: UNPRME .

InfoFort, the leading information management solution provider, today announced its partnership agreement with the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to train and provide job opportunities to students pursuing careers in information management and related fields.

Through this partnership, the students will receive hands-on training that focuses on developing their technical and business skills, mentorship from InfoFort’s senior executives, as well as an opportunity to enter the company’s internship programme.

As part of this agreement, InfoFort and CUD will collaborate in applied research projects to help students advance their skills and knowledge in their chosen area of specialization.

Professor Karim Chelli, President and Vice Chancellor of the University thanked Dr. Wided Dafri for piloting this initiative, having initially brought her students to InfoFort on a field trip.

As part of CUD’s efforts to reach out to the business community he cited this initiative as a crucial element in developing our students for the world of work and embedding them with all the knowledge needed to process digital information, quickly, efficiently and safely.

He expressed the hope that the agreement with InfoFort would bring great benefit to both parties and hoped the technology InfoFort brought to the field of digital storage could be used to improve the University’s internal archiving systems

This initiative reflects InfoFort’s competence as a knowledgeable and highly capable organization in the realm of technology and serves as a stepping stone for young graduates who are eager to pursue a career in this field.

Commenting on the newly formed partnership, Abed Shaheen, CEO of InfoFort, said “This initiative goes far beyond a usual business agreement. We are thrilled to nurture the youth’s interest in technology and are devoted to applying our expertise in enlightening future generations. Inspiring the youth and fostering a strong talent pool is at the heart of what we do as a knowledge-based company.”

Established in 2006, CUD delivers high-quality undergraduate, graduate, continuing and corporate education in the UAE and provides a gateway for students to pursue higher education opportunities in Canada. It offers 30+ majors across multiple faculties and was ranked among the top 5% of universities in the Arab Region by the QS World University Rankings.

InfoFort began its operations in the UAE in 1997 and today is the leading Information Management Solution provider assisting more than 2,000 organizations in 25 cities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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March 1, 2018, Red Theatre: Prof. Yu Huang, Associate Vice President and Dean, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), visited CUD to sign an Academic Exchange Agreement.

The event was opened by Dr. Julia Finnegan, who welcomed guests on behalf of Faculty members with a video showing the involvement of Chinese students within CUD.

Addressing the audience after the signing, Prof. Yu Huang expressed his aspiration that the exchange agreement would be the first step towards a substantial sharing of ideas and implementation of initiatives between the two institutions.

He referred to the development of a tailor-made summer school program at CUD for HKBU Communications' major students during Summer 2018 and the potential for exchange programmes between Communications students here and in Hong Kong.

The School of Communication of HKBU is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and Prof. Yu Huang regards this collaboration between the two institutions as one of the significant achievements to this special year.

Prof. David Santandreu Calonge, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences of CUD, welcomed Prof. Yu Huang and thanked him for taking time out of his busy schedule. He indicated this was the start of a mutually beneficial journey and said many ideas were already in the pipeline which would be developed and implemented over time. Initially the focus would be on the field of Communications, but would expand to other areas from 2019 onwards.

Hong Kong Baptist College is one of the eight publicly-funded universities out of a total of more than 30 higher education institutes in Hong Kong. It has more than 10,000 students covering undergraduate and postgraduate. It encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a wide range of programmes. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, HKBU was ranked #56 for Communication and Media Studies.

August 27th, 2018: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has formalized an agreement with Ontario’s Brock University allowing students studying business communications and media disciplines to transfer to Brock for the final two years of their program.

With similarities to CUD in its increasingly diverse student population, a strong interest in internationalization and a desire to provide global learning opportunities to its students, Brock University is one of Canada’s top post-secondary institutions, renowned for its beautiful campus located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

“Brock University was one of the first in Canada to develop a program in Communication Studies, and this has evolved over the years into two popular interdisciplinary degrees: Business Communication, and Media and Communication Studies”, said Scott Henderson, Associate Professor of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University.

“CUD offers its students a great program and it aligns very well with what we offer, making it a good fit. Students will be coming to Brock from around the world, with the same fundamentals as our third-year students, bringing fresh perspectives to our classroom discussion” said Henderson.

The relationship between Brock University and CUD originated in March 2011 when the two came together to discuss the creation of CUD’s communications programs. It is anticipated that the new agreement could also pave the way for future opportunities such as student exchange, new competency-based undergraduate and graduate programs, and joint interdisciplinary research and conferences.

Professor David Santandreu Calonge, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences at CUD, said, “This MOU is an important step towards a substantial sharing of ideas and implementation of academic and research initiatives between our institutions.

“It presents a tremendous opportunity for our students and will provide them with an international perspective to help them prepare for work in an increasingly globalized world.”

Brock University joins a growing list of Canadian and other global partners offering unique international pathways for CUD’s expanding portfolio of undergraduate degree programs.

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