SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Access to quality and nutritious food is fundamental to human existence. Food security produces a wide range of positive impacts such as economic growth and poverty reduction, and has an important foreign policy dimension due to trade. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UAE imports 87% of its total food supply. Therefore, securing sustainable sources of food is a matter of national security. The Food Security Office was established in 2017 to help the UAE achieve its vision of becoming a leader in innovation-driven food security by utilizing technologies that can limit greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste whilst guaranteeing the health of the consumer.

CUD to act actively to promote adequate food, with humanitarian aid for the most needy and related studies to achieve optimal production and consumption related to food security.

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has had an associate degree in food safety for several years in response to the growing demand for trained professionals in the field.

The two-year program, developed in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, has been accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The proliferation of the tourism and hospitality sector in the region has created an accelerated demand for trained food safety professionals. The new associate degree will help address this demand by providing students with a hands-on education in the discipline. The program will emphasize hands-on experience through field visits and a job placement, along with classroom and laboratory learning.

Since food safety is a global issue, the program will also have an international focus, incorporating global food management systems and standards, such as HACCP and ISO 22000. Graduates of the program can expect to be in demand among government, commercial and specialized consulting organizations. The new qualification is one of a number of new qualifications in the UAE and beyond.

The new qualification is among a suite of environmentally focused degree programs offered by CUD's School of Environmental and Health Sciences. Upon graduating from the Associate Degree in Food Safety, students can also take advantage of the opportunity to fast-track through the School's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management, offering them the chance to progress onto two distinct career paths.

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Environmental and health related concerns are some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Canadian University Dubai works to address them. As an environmental health sciences graduate, you will be able to play an important role in predicting and protecting the future of our planet and humankind.

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  • CUD offers a solid background in the management of health issues and the food care process which are relevant to modern society. The university has the current equipment, tools and techniques to address the most challenging and contemporary problems related to the organization of health and environmental health.

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Students in Public Health (Food safety) Department attended the 11th Conference of Food Safety which organized by Dubai Municipality.

Dubai Municipality organized the 11th Dubai International Food Safety Conference with the theme “Predict, Prevent & Protect,” its aim being to focus on timely and trending topics that will address the opportunities and challenges in the emerging technology and data-driven food safety world.

Over the three days of the event, Dubai Municipality explored opportunities and ideas to use Technology Platforms, Artificial Intelligence; Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Science and IoT Devices. The aim was to learn how governments as well as the food industry are using these tools for driving inspections and decision making in food safety, nutrition and other areas of public health. Over 2000 delegates attended the conference, one of the largest in the world dealing with Food Safety issues.

Our students came away with renewed determination to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to enable them to better meet the food safety challenges we face today.

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Our campus is home to several cafeterias serving a wide range of cuisines. The cafe areas provide a multicultural, multinational, and social environment, and are the main gathering place for students between classes and during their free time. All area equipped with free wireless internet. In addition, the students can always use one of the many vending machines located throughout the campus.

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  • Every Monday and Wednesday CUD's going to have food trucks on campus from 10PM - 12PM in the Block C parking! We've got a different food truck with different cuisines coming in each time. This will allow students who stay late on campus to have a proper dinner and replenish their energy.

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CUD offers a number of discounts to students within the university which allows many students to choose healthier food options at more reasonable prices. In addition, with CUD ID card, students also receive discounts at various restaurants and cafes in Dubai.

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  • Food donation campaign

Dr. Louise Lambert and students from her Ethical Reasoning & Psychology class have taken the initiative to pack and deliver boxes filled with Food donations to the door steps of the families in need as a mandatory part of their course.

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Thirty-four Canadian University Dubai students recently made multiple visits to a labour camp in Al Quoz as part of their “Good Deed Project” for their ‘Ethical Reasoning for Today’s World’ course. The students visited the camp several times to distribute boxes of clothes, toiletries and food supplies to the men who live at the camp. They were assisted in their efforts by an organization called ‘Royati’.

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The university has processes and regulations related to food consumption, seeking to ensure that the university's food is of the highest possible quality, also helping the country's production. In addition to this, CUD has ethics to avoid wasting food and guarantee its use in agricultural projects.

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Senior students from the School of Public Health & Health Sciences at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have been given a revealing insight into the practices employed to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses during a recent field visit to Dubai World Trade Centre.

Coordinated by Associate Professors, Dr. Rami El Khatib, in collaboration with instructors from Dubai Municipality, the practicum was organized to give students firsthand experience of Hazard Analysis of Critical Points (HACCP) practices, which monitor food from the time of harvest to the time of consumption.

Led by Mr. Ravi Arul, Manager of Hygiene and Safety at Dubai World Trade Centre, the students met with the event and hospitality services crew and were taken through a tour of the stores, chillers, freezers and kitchens. They then had the opportunity to monitor and evaluate HACCP application using the seven principles of the system, applied within the World Trade Centre hospitality service department.

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