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SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

In line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 to be among the top 10 countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union in 2021, the UAE has taken many steps and strides to promote and encourage innovation. Most notable is the launch of the Innovation Strategy in 2014 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. To align with national priorities and the 2030 Agenda, the Ministry of Economy is continuously working on fostering an environment that encourages sustained economic activity in the UAE. This is done through the enactment of legislations that encourage investments, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), protecting consumer rights and intellectual Property as well as fulfilling environmental and social requirements whilst pursuing economic growth.

CUD has a great process to develop innovation not only in Dubai but also internationally, having research processes that show the effort to meet the goal 9, in addition to having a working staff in charge of directing the projects and goals of the university.

  • Projects

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. [1]

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


CUD intellectual property

CUD has more than 541 documents in which it has participated, this group of documents belong to the intellectual property of the university and its authors and the vast majority of them correspond to innovation processes that not only involve United Arab Emirates but also related to industry and international innovation. [8]


Canadian University Dubai faculty represent the diverse multicultural environment of the UAE. With higher degrees from renowned universities in Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe, they bring international teaching styles and principles that set CUD apart for academic excellence and innovative learning.

As specialists in their field, many faculty members are involved in ongoing research and publications contributing to academic, business and civic communities around the world.

Within the Faculty we have more than 80 people in the different academic departments and more than 80 people in the administrative area, each group is made up of professionals who help in the process of innovation that has the university, the growth and contribution of our people is essential to remain one of the best universities in Dubai.

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The IEEE Association’s student branch at Canadian University Dubai recently launched their new ‘Innovation Corner’ in Block B during an event attended by a large number of engineering students and faculty. During the event the IEEE student branch Chair, Shaheerah Khan explained the purpose of the innovation corner and how it will benefit students during their academic journey.

IEEE student branch Secretary Mehak Butt announced the first self-learning workshop “Introduction to Arduino”, an open-source hardware which was then followed by a short speech from Dr. Hichem Ben El Mechaiekh, Dean of Engineering and Architecture who emphasized the importance of supporting of student initiatives which contribute to a better student-life, especially the ones that keep students updated with the latest technology, trends and innovation.

The ‘Innovation Corner’ is a collaborative learning space made for students to develop new technical skills through well-developed hands-on activities and with the aid of different kinds of technological tools. This new space will provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills every week. It will also allow them to develop their own innovative projects.

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Dr. Sam Kherat, Dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Incubators at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), led the debate among delegates from prominent engineering and technology firms when he chaired the International VDI Conference on Sensors for Off-Highway Machines, hosted recently in Berlin, Germany.

Bringing together industry leaders in this highly specialized field, the two-day conference focused on the application of sensor technology in challenging environments, including topics such as advanced sensing solutions for off-highway applications, the use of artificial intelligence in processing sensor data, along with cyber security protocols.

As chair of the conference, Dr. Kherat lent his extensive industry and academic expertise, built upon two decades working on automation projects in mining and construction for Caterpillar, alongside years of experience in higher education as an Adjunct Professor of Robotics in the USA, and now as the head of graduate programs at CUD.

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