Education for SDGs in the wider community

About Sustainable Development Research and Training Institute

Sustainable Development Research and Training Institute offers quality all-round education and knowledge via training programs both as synchronous and asynchronous; as well as workshops to individuals and employees of both private and public sectors in addition to scholars, researchers, and students from varied backgrounds. The organization operates under the umbrella of Dubai's SME, as part of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid's Program and is licensed by Dubai's Economic Development Department and approved by Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

About Canadian University Dubai

Canadian University Dubai, established in 2006, is a higher academic intuition located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ranked 42nd overall in the Arab region and 9th in the UAE (according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings), CUD offers a broad range of academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels based on the Canadian curriculum and serves as a gateway for students to pursue higher education, research, and employment opportunities in Canada.

  • Licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs

  • Accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation

  • Ranked in the top 2% (601-650) worldwide and top 4 in the UAE (QS World University Rankings 2022)

  • Program accreditations from industry bodies

  • Regional affiliation: AArU

  • International accreditations: IAA, PRSA, PRME, ECO Canada

  • Leading industry certifications: CIMA, CFA, ACCA

Institutional Licensure & Program Accreditation

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.

International Ranking

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.

QS World University Rankings 2022 position CUD among leading 601-650 global institutions

Sunday, June 20, 2021, Dubai, UAE: 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.

As the first global system to have received International Ranking Expert Group approval, the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking is recognized among the most respected university rankings in the world. Reflecting its diverse student and academic community, CUD also placed among the top 10 globally for international students and international faculty, achieving 6th and 7th positions respectively.

Accepting the accolade on behalf of the University, CUD President and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Karim Chelli, said, “It is a great honour to be recognized by an international system like QS, which hold such immense esteem in global higher education. Our rankings are a testament to the dedication of the entire university community to delivering the best in Canadian education and pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity with research that contributes to our society, both locally and globally.”

University Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi remarked, “Our mission as a University is to contribute to the development of the nation by educating the youth – our leaders of tomorrow. With this momentous achievement, we reaffirm our commitment to working together with our partners and the UAE education authorities to help shape the future of generations to come.”

Acknowledging the significance of the achievement, His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Education, extended his congratulations to the University and its leadership.

Among several notable achievements that helped CUD secure the ranking is a substantial increase in SCOPUS registered publications and citations, demonstrating the University’s contribution to the global research community. The institution has also secured further accreditations from regional, national, and international professional bodies, including: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), International Advertising Association (IAA), Public Relations Association of America (PRSA), Association of Arab Universities (AArU), Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada), and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), reflecting the industry-relevance of the academic programs on offer and the quality of education provided.

The University retains its 8th position amongUAE universities in the rankings

Dubai, November 4, 2019: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has climbed to the 41st spot in the newly published QS Arab Region University Rankings 2020. This ranking also confirms CUD’s No. 8 position in the UAE.

First published in 2014, the QS Arab Region University Rankings takes into consideration 10 parameters: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, international research network, web impact, proportion of staff with Ph.D., citations per paper, papers per faculty, proportion of international faculty and proportion of International students.

Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of CUD, commented: "The latest QS ranking of Canadian University Dubai reflects the university’s rising stature as an institution renowned for academic excellence, a university where students can gain a world-class education in the heart of a world-renowned city, through a wide range of programs across disciplines in Architecture & Interior Design, Communication, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Management, Health Sciences and Creative Industries."

Dr. Karim Chelli, President of CUD, said: "We are honoured and proud to get a higher ranking in the prestigious QS Arab Region University Rankings 2020, a testimony to our hard work and commitment to delivering quality education and research. We believe it is the fruit of our relentless pursuit of excellence in the field of higher education, in line with our three-pronged strategy of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, with a strong focus on the evolving job market."

The University’s improved ranking is the result of its adherence to the stringent regulations of the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE), which has laid the foundation for ensuring that the colleges and universities in the UAE operate along international levels of quality.

Among its recent accomplishments, CUD has been awarded the prestigious certificate of accreditation from the International Advertising Association (IAA) and Forbes Middle East Higher Education Award for International Collaboration of the Year. CUD has also launched the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries (BACI) in partnership with the world-renowned Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) of Ryerson University, Canada.

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

Calling all Faculty of Management students to attend the FREE student webinar titled ‘Championing the Agenda for Sustainable Development: Youth for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’ on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the ultimate blueprint to achieving a sustainable future for all. The SDGs touch upon pressing topics such as inequality, climate change, poverty and more through their 17 goals that are intertwined with each other.

Organized by Pearl Initiative in collaboration with AIESEC, this webinar will help you discover the role of youth in effectively implementing the SDGs framework in your future careers and in contribution to building a sustainable society.

Learn how the youth of today have a responsibility to demonstrate their leadership, organization, advocacy and determination in order to achieve the ambitious SDGs by 2030!

Webinar speaker: Simarna Singh, Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer, Coco Veda

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) lecturer, Mr. Ryan Sisson, joined a panel of leading local and international experts to discuss sustainable development in higher education at the UAE’s first Sustainable Campus Initiative conference, hosted by the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The inaugural conference set out to establish a platform for debate, exchange of ideas, and transfer of international best practices on sustainable development measures in the higher education sector. It heard from international experts from Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, who shared their experiences of sustainable campus principles from across the globe.

With his experience of sustainable campus initiatives in Canadian higher education, and his campaign efforts on campus at CUD, Mr. Sisson was invited to join a panel of higher education practitioners to discuss the need for mainstreaming sustainability across universities and colleges in the UAE.

Alongside other experts from UAE universities, Mr. Sisson gave his insights into what sustainable campuses in the country might look like, and spoke about the values, policies and competencies that would be required to develop and operate a sustainable higher education organization.

The Sustainable Campus Initiative was launched by EAD in November 2014 to encourage university students, educators and administrators across the UAE to address conservation issues, develop sustainable initiatives, and establish effective policies to raise awareness and promote actions towards sustainable development.

CUD has been recognized among the leading higher education institutions in Dubai for sustainability measures, winning a DEWA Conservation Award in 2014. Mr. Sisson was also among a team representing the University at DEWA’s event to mark World Energy Day last year.

Speaking of his latest contribution to the sustainability debate, Mr. Sisson said, “As educators we have an important role to play in building the capacity of future generations, and this initiative has helped to position universities at the front line in terms of developing sustainable infrastructure and services, as well as teaching and learning.

“The conference was a valuable opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this agenda, and also to learn from international experts in the field, particularly on how we can develop initiatives that apply students’ environmental learning to positive measures on campus.”

Thursday, April 22, 2021: Layla Khawatmi, senior Environmental Health Management student, Canadian University Dubai, was invited by Dr. Rashed Karkain, Founder, Sustainable Development Research and Training Institute, and Professor, Canadian University Dubai, to be a guest on his talk show "Young Environmental and Sustainability Leaders.”

Speaking to her environmental and sustainability achievements, Ms. Khawatmi shared her success in the community and her involvement with voluntary activities, academics, and innovation. Part of her discussion with Dr. Karkain also touched on how youth have become more conscious, more caring, and more concerned about protecting their environment to ensure the sustainability of public health.

Ms. Khawatmi originally enrolled at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to learn more about food safety when she took courses that touched on water treatment, air pollution, and waste management. These courses broadened her horizons and opened her eyes to what she didn’t know, pushing her further into the direction of wanting to help the planet.

CUD offers over 30 programs in a variety of industries that introduce students to a wide range of disciplines. The Bachelor of Environmental Health Management prepares students for the technical and professional demands of careers in the field of Environment, Human Health, Safety, Healthcare Institutions, and Research. It also gives students the chance to be actively involved within their communities, through the planning and execution of environmental and health projects.

When asked about what advice she has to offer future leaders, Ms. Khawatmi said: “Never stop at one thing. Even if you have an idea, always try to improve it. Always try to seek advice from people with more knowledge to enhance it and achieve more. Reach for the sky.”

October 25, 2017, Dubai Municipality’s Environmental Centre: Recognizing the commitment of UAE towards promoting and generating Sustainable Development and in continuation of the ongoing partnership between Canadian University Dubai and Dubai Municipality’s Environmental Centre for Arab Towns (ECAT) who last year hosted the first-ever forum ‘Executive Program on Sustainability; the Canadian University Dubai and ECAT took another step forward this week by successfully delivering a second forum entitled “Executive Action Forum on Sustainable Development: Generating Economic Development through Integrated Waste and Resource Management in the Middle East.”

The Forum was led by Dr Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves; a world-renowned sustainability transitions consultant, researcher and author and was assisted by Mr. Daniel Conley, Course Tutor.

Aimed at professionals, entrepreneurs, and public officials working in the resources or waste sector needing to gain an up to date understanding of the latest approaches to generate economic development opportunities through integrated waste and resource management in the Middle East, based on world’s best practice, the Forum was designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of the opportunities available to capitalize on proven and emerging waste and resource management practices and to generate economic development opportunities in line with the Dubai Municipality mandatory requirement to reuse or recycle a minimum of 50 percent of C&D waste for new developments.

Topics in the courses included the economics of decoupling waste from economic growth, an update on progress in reuse, recycling, recovery and re-design and the exploration of the innovative approaches that create new products and markets in the sustainability arena.

While globally the perception of the Middle East may be that it is lagging behind in terms of advancing sustainability, the story on the ground is entirely different with initiatives such as Dubai Sustainable City and Desert Rose clearly demonstrating Dubai’s determination to become one of the world’s leading sustainable cities. Equally, Dubai has encouraged new construction projects to identify a series of sustainable initiatives and targets which will help guide incorporate sustainability into design and building.

The Forum was delivered in an executive education format with a focus on providing capacity building using a range of methods, including TEDx-like lectures, individual discovery and small group exploration, as well as including oral presentations within small group activities.

Representatives from Sewage Network and Treatment Departments, Dubai Municipality, Sewerage & Irrigation Network Department, Dubai Municipality, Dibba Municipality, SEPCO Environment and the Riyadh Development Authority from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attended the forum.

At the end of the Forum Certificates were presented to all delegates by Mr. Hussain Abdulla Fardan, Director of Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT).