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International and Global Collaboration
Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has embarked upon a five-year partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada to collaborate on curriculum development and student transfer initiatives in the fields of health and social sciences.
Building upon CUD’s existing suite of programs in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, it is anticipated that the new agreement will see the two institutions work on curriculum development in disciplines such as psychology, water science and environmental science. The partners will also work on the creation of opportunities for existing CUD Environmental Health Management students to transfer their studies to health science programs at Laurier.
As CUD prepares to bring forward a new undergraduate degree in social work, the partnership is expected to explore how Canadian accreditation principles will be incorporated in the curriculum, and how students can incorporate a period of Canada-based study in their program.
Meanwhile in the social sciences field, the two institutions will work collaboratively on ideas to create combined honours degrees that will attract awards to both universities. It is also anticipated that CUD will benefit from Laurier’s expertise in policing education, and explore the opportunity of delivering degrees and corporate training to the police service in Dubai.
Wilfrid Laurier University has more than a century of history in Canada’s higher education landscape, offering more than 110 programs in nine different faculties. With over 19,000 students across two campuses and two additional sites, it is a university with an international outlook, already holding exchange agreements with institutions in 28 countries.
This new agreement comes following a visit by CUD President, Pr. Karim Chelli, to Laurier’s campus in Waterloo, Ontario, where discussions took place on the areas of mutual interest to the two institutions. The visit culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will take forward the areas of cooperation.
Speaking about the partnership, Pr. Chelli said, “We are delighted to embark upon this collaboration, which promises to open up several new, exciting avenues for strategic development for both our institutions. Equally, we are honoured to have Wilfrid Laurier University join our ever-growing network of Canadian partners, and to provide our students with another range of opportunities to access the best in Canadian higher education.”
Dr. Deb MacLatchy, Laurier’s Provost and Vice-President: Academic, and incoming President and Vice-Chancellor said, “We are very happy to have signed this MOU with the Canadian University Dubai. This agreement will bring together some of the strengths of each institution to create pathways for students and exciting collaborative research opportunities. We welcome the knowledge and talent that faculty and students from CUD can share with us as we build on the teaching and research possibilities that come from this partnership.”
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has brought together leading experts from Dubai’s healthcare sector to provide their professional insights into the development of the City’s medical tourism industry.
Hosted by students Elizabeth Topolskaya and Abdulrahman Mohamed, the debate set out to explore the opportunities and challenges of Dubai’s growing medical tourism sector, as well as reflecting on progress towards the target to attract 1.3 million medical tourists by 2021.
Representing a cross-section of the industry, panel member included Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi Director of Healthcare Regulation at Dubai Health Authority; Mr. Malek El Husseini, Healthcare Operating Partner at Qatar First Bank; Dr. Naseem Mohammed Rafee, Head of Consumer Products Safety Section at Dubai Municipality; and Mr. Tanweer Alam, Deputy Manager of Marketing at Prime Healthcare.
Discussing the process of developing the Dubai health tourism brand, Dr. Al Marzouqi spoke about the unique features that make the City a destination of choice among patients looking to travel overseas for medical care. “Our niche lies in the patient bill of rights, the medical tourism visa and insurance systems we have established, as well as our partnerships with the airline and hotels in the City, all of which come together to provide what we call the Dubai healthcare experience” said Dr. Al Marzouqi.
Going on to discuss the comprehensive portfolio of specializations that are being developed in the City’s healthcare sector, Mr. El Husseini revealed how the quality of care and the technology that is available to patients has helped to put Dubai on the global medical tourism map. He also pointed to some of the challenges of globalization in healthcare, including price sensitivities.
Taking to the floor next, Dr. Rafee provided her insights into the infrastructure challenges presented by medical tourism and the role of Dubai Municipality in supporting the sector’s growth. Mr. Alam concluded the debate with a detailed overview of the patient experience, focusing on the design of healthcare facilities to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment.
Following the debate, the panel took part in an audience Q&A session, with discussion topics ranging from the role of higher education in supporting the development of the sector, to the risks and realities of providing cross-border patient care. The event concluded with an overview of the programs that CUD offers in School of Public Health and Health Sciences, provided by Assistant Professor and Chair, Dr. Yassen Al Foteih.
September 17th, 2018: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in conjunction with Dubai-based clinic Health Call and its general manager, Ousama Alnazzal, has hosted a day-long event dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing among everyone on campus.
Several trained professionals attended the event, including certified Obesity Medicine specialist, Dr. Charles F. Cheatham. The specialists from Health Call provided a full health examination for curious students, which included Smokerlyzer tests, blood sugar tests, and cholesterol tests. The students were also provided with a full height, weight, and waistline analysis. Many of the attendees among students and staff were also given a generous variety of vouchers, in addition to the free consultations.
Taking place at the same time as CUD’s Student Club Signup event, the whole day ran smoothly thanks to the organizers, the Student Council, whose members were present throughout. The experts and managers from Health Call attracted quite an audience of curious students who were more than happy with the advice that they were given. The students who attended agreed that the event was a great success.