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A team of students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) recently joined forces with local charity, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), to help launch a new initiative to raise awareness of male cancers. The 'Shanab' ('moustache' in Arabic) Campaign is part of FoCP's early detection program, which aims to promote a culture of open dialogue around male-specific cancers, and to build awareness about its early signs and symptoms. The team of CUD students took part in a public engagement event at this year's DP World European Golf Tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estate, meeting members of the public attending the event and encouraging them to find out more about the campaign.

Student volunteer Dino Skikic said, "Our mission on the day was to engage as many people as possible in the crowd, making sure they received and read the leaflets, and encouraging them to routinely examine themselves. "Thanks to all the materials I read from FoCP, I was able to get really well acquainted with the symptoms and provide more information to the public about early detection." Fellow volunteer, Ache Hamid Moussa, stressed the importance of targeting women as well as men in the campaign. She said, "Male cancer was something I knew little about before volunteering to help out with this initiative. I learnt a great deal myself and so I made sure that I spoke to a lot of women during the event as well as men."

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) students had an opportunity to gain new insights into e-crime, traffic safety, mental health and substance use at the ‘Protect Yourself’ safety campaign, organized by Dubai Police on campus. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about safety and responsibility amongst the university community. The event also featured a live performance by Dubai Police K-9 units for students to observe the police dogs in action. Lt. Ahmed Al Kaabi, Head of Community Programs, in collaboration with Lt. Khalid Al Hashmi and Lt. Rashed Al Shaamsi ran an interactive workshop, where students and other attendees learned how to stay safe on the internet, protect their social media accounts, and report an e-crime. This was followed by another informative workshop delivered by Dr. Amany Haroun, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, covering topics such as drug addiction and substance use and how they can be linked to mental health issues.

Commenting on the initiative, Ms. Raneem Nageeb, Student Counselor said: “The Protect Yourself awareness campaign definitely fulfilled its purpose. Students walked away with an improved understanding of the laws that protect them and their rights and responsibilities as young adults. The e-crime workshop was one of the most insightful due to the popularity of technology and social media use. Student’s learned what constitutes an e-crime, how to protect their accounts, and how to report e-crimes and online harassment to the authorities.” Alongside the workshop series, CUD Hall C Atrium hosted an exhibition of various Dubai Police departments including General Department of Anti-Narcotics, General Department of Criminal Investigations, Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions and Department of Community Service. The event was concluded by a Q&A session led by Dubai Police representatives addressing questions from the audience.

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Haya Merai, a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Organization Management program at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has returned to the University to promote skin cancer awareness as part of a campaign by her now employer, Friends of Cancer Patients. Haya, who is a Junior Project Executive with the Sharjah-based charity, brought the ‘Mole Talk’ campaign to the CUD campus, to help create awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection of skin cancer among young people in the UAE. Speaking about the campaign, Haya said, “At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a widespread awareness in the UAE about the risk factors associated with skin cancer, despite the country’s climate, so our aim is to work with organizations such as CUD to deliver information about the importance of being sun-safe and looking for early symptoms.”

The Friends of Cancer Patients campaign is based on the ABCDE guide to detecting changes in the characteristics of moles. Organized by the Student Affair’s Health Centre team, the campaign also brought a doctor and nurse on campus to allow students and university personnel to be examined by specialist medical practitioners. Haya, who also undertook her internship with Friends of Cancer Patients while studying at CUD, will be returning to the University campus later in the year for the breast cancer awareness and shanab campaigns, which will involve a series of fundraising events organized by Student Services.

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To celebrate Mandela Day, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) joined 'The Biggest Judo Class' on April 18, 2021 organized by the European Judo Union in Lisbon, Portugal. The event was hosted by Olympic Athlete Nuno Delgado during the 2021 European Judo Tournament, with participants attending virtually from all over the world. Performing physical exercise in live streaming mode for 30 minutes and using hashtag #BJC2021 on social media, participants were brought together around the values of judo and its moral code; respect, courage, modesty, self-control, friendship, sincerity, honour, courtesy, and sustainability. Students and faculty of CUD’s Sports Management program took part in the festivities from their homes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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A group of students from the School of Public Health & Health Sciences at Canadian University Dubai has taken part in a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training session to mark MENA Heart Saver Month. Under the supervision of Assistant Professor, Dr. Yassen Alfoteih, and Associate Professor, Dr. Rami El Khatib, the students attended the program hosted by the Critical Care Committee of Latifa Women and Children’s Hospital, which was organized to coincide with CPR awareness day. This aim of the workshop was to train non-medical members of the local community to enable them to recognize emergencies and to provide a first response to victims in need.

The students were taught and practiced simple steps of CPR and learnt more about how these ‘Know and Start’ CPR actions could help to double or triple the survival rates of the victims if applied early in an emergency situation. MENA Heart Saver Month is an annual campaign that aims to promote heart health and raise awareness of heart-related illnesses and first aid. Reflecting on the training, third year Environmental Health Management student, Crizelle Vaz said, “This was a very interesting and practical session that provided us with important revival skills and I’m pleased that I now feel able to respond in an emergency.”

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Congratulations to our sports teams who were successful at the Dubai Inter-University Sports League launched in October 2022. Our Basketball team captained by Artur Gareyev won a closely fought final narrowly defeating Middlesex University by 61-57. Our girls were narrowly defeated by a strong team from UOWD Volleyball Final losing by two sets to one. Middlesex got their revenge in the Girls’ Basketball winning by 33-18. The football final went down to the wire resulting in a scoreless draw at full time. Rochester Institute of Technology won the subsequent penalty shoot-out by 3-2. Each of the Competitions was run on a league basis with the top teams in each Competition taking part in the finals.

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Canadian university Dubai (CUD) has joined the campaign to increase public knowledge and understanding of cancer and related illnesses with a week-long program of events to mark Cancer Awareness Week 2021. Faculty and students have come together in both educational and recreational activities to learn more about cancer symptoms, prevention and cure, and to show their support for those affected by the disease. The week opened with a Pink Day, where the campus took on a rose-coloured theme in tribute of the traditional colour associated with breast cancer movement. Day one of the campaign also saw the launch of an interactive exhition by the CUD Art Club, aiming to encourage students from across the University to use their creativity to produce inspirational message of hope. On day two, the Friends of Cancer Patients took to the University’s Red Theatre to host an information and Q&A session on the broad range of guidance and support services on offer from the charity. Students, faculty and staff heard about the organization’s various campaigns to promote cancer awareness, which began with the pink Caravan initiative in 2011. Physicians from Dubai’s medical city were on hand on day three to provide free health checks for CUD students, faculty and staff, while Dr. Yassen Al Foteih, Program Chair in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, delivered a workshop on the realities of asthma and lung cancer in the UAE.

CUD’s Cancer Awareness Week, which runs from 12th – 18th February, is set to conclude with the participation of more than 70 CUD representatives in the Dubai edition of the Terry Fox Run, an annual event to raise funds for cancer research. The University will also welcome Judith Fox, Terry’s younger sister, at a workshop to tell her brother’s inspirational story.

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At an awards ceremony in the Red Theatre, the sporting achievements of our students were recognized by Mr. John Sherratt, CUD Sports Manager. The ceremony honoured the individuals and teams who had competed throughout the year in inter-university and in-house competitions. In CUD’s own version of the World Cup, the trophy went to the five-man team from Morocco. In the pool tournament, Haitham Joud took the title with Abdallah Baswaid as the runner-up. The basketball three-a-side was won by Zenah, Artur and Mohammed. The tennis league title went to Patrick Saba with runner-up Dhruv Punjwani. The football sevens winner was Hamada’s team. In addition to the competitions, there were also individual awards for the “Most Valuable Players.” These went to Zenah Sareji (women’s basketball), Reham Sabri Omar (women’s volleyball), Ahmed Omar (men’s football) and Artur Gareyev (men’s basketball).

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A new comprehensive bachelor program (BBA) in Sport Management launched by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) gives students a great opportunity to master the intricacies of the booming global sports industry. The full-fledged degree program is focused on the business and management aspects of the sporting industry, aimed at providing students with fundamental knowledge and skills centered on accounting, finance, economics, management, operations and supply chain management as well as marketing and the law pertaining to sports organizations. The major can be completed in four years (8 semesters). Vice Chancellor and President of CUD, Prof. Karim Chelli, commented: “The launch of this specialised Sport Management program was inspired by the importance of sports given by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has said: “Sports, in the end, are a way of life and can bring a lot of good to the community if we view them positively… Sports teach determination, teamwork, respect for rules, fairness with opponents and humility.”

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A total of 32 competitors took part in a closely fought Pool Competition organized by Mr. Dusan Popovic, Sports Coordinator of CUD.Students and staff members battled through the initial stages, each game consisting of a single frame with the winners progressing through to the later stages. The semis and the final were each fought over three frames. The winner of the competition was Kristin Mathew who was awarded a trophy and AED 500. She defeated Abdallah Baswaid who nevertheless picked up AED 250 and a silver medal. In third place with a bronze medal and prize of AED 100 came Farouk Mohammed Dalhatu who defeated Sheikh Mohammed Abzal in the losers final. Two new Pool Tables were brought in for the Competition, increasing the facilities now available for indoor sport in the university.

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CUD’s men’s football and volleyball teams both made it on the podium at the DMC Sports Day event, but missed the top spot. The teams brought home silver and bronze respectively, and valuable experience for next year. Eight teams took part in both sports. They were organized in a round-robin format, with four teams in each section followed by the semi-final and the final. Our football team finished in second place as the runner-up behind Hamdan University. Full time ended in a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately, we lost 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out. Our volleyball team finished in third place, beating Sharjah Men’s College in the third-place play-off Ahmed Omar, football team captain said, “Although we played well and should have avoided the draw, we were just unlucky and couldn’t manage to clinch it on penalties.” Rawad Yamout, captain of the volleyball team, said, “It was a great experience and we learned a lot.” Summarizing the competition, John Sherratt, CUD Sports Manager, said, “Both teams played extremely well as this was their first appearance in the competition. We just lacked the ability to see the games to the end. We are happy to have had this experience and will use it to do better next year.”

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Teams from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have scored more successes in the latest inter-university sports festival, hosted recently by Gulf Medical University (GMU). The CUD men’s basketball team fought through to the finals of their event, ultimately finishing as runners up against the University of Sharjah. The men’s tennis team, meanwhile, emerged as champions in their own event during the six-day festival. The latest successes come on the back of a recent competition win by the men's football team. It was the CUD duo of Patrick Saba and Shahmir Gill that beat Manipal University in the semi-finals of the tennis competition to reach the grand finale of the event. Both players went on to win their games against opponents from BITS Pilani to lift the tournament trophy. The two triumphant teams returned to the University campus to share their success with President, Pr. Karim Chelli, and Sports, Manager, Mr. John Sherratt, before adding the two cups to the ever-growing collection in the CUD trophy cabinet. The annual GMU Sports Festival is the largest inter-university festival of its kind in the region. The CUD team members were among more than 2000 students from 28 different colleges and universities, competing in 226 events across 10 categories.

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Local futsal side, Fuhood Jumeira, has reached the knockout stages of the annual Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament, with the support of team sponsor, Canadian University Dubai (CUD). Fuhood Jumeira, which includes one of the tournament’s leading goal scorers, Jefferson Luis Correa, won every one of their group stage matches to progress to a quarter final tie with Al Theyaba. Having secured a 6-3 victory in that match, the team will now take on Al Jokar for a place in the finals of the competition. In sponsoring Fuhood Jumeira, CUD is showing its support for the philosophy behind the NAS Ramadan Tournament, which seeks to test the physical and mental strength of individuals while celebrating the spirit of the Holy Month. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of DSC, this year’s tournament is held under the theme ‘Limitless Abilities’, reflecting the growing movement in sports and sporting events for special needs athletes.

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