initiating & participating in cross-sectoral dialogue about the SDGs

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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