SDG 4: QUALITY EDUCATION

Introduction

Sustainable Development Goal4(SDG4) aims at promoting equal access for all in both primary and secondary education. At the same time, emphasis is placed on the enhanced access to tertiary education, as well as vocational and technical training, which, in the developing countries, is particularly low and Sustainable Goal 4 ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The UAE places education at the cornerstone of Vision 2021. The Ministry of Education (MOE) and its strategic partners have laid out a strong strategy to harness the national human capital’s full potential by maximizing participation in high-quality education, encouraging entrepreneurship, and nurturing public and private sector leaders. The 2016 merger between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has enabled the UAE to focus on equity and quality from kindergarten to higher education to fill the gap between academic requirements and labour market demands. MOE is accelerating progress towards the SDGs by infusing Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) (such as Artificial Intelligence) in the education system through a smart learning program and a specialized data centre.

Canadian University Dubai recognizes the quality of education as a right for all, providing its university community with the best resources in education to prepare quality professionals who contribute to the community. CUD also provides educational resources to people who do not study at the University, promoting a culture of education through different events that aim to increase the quality of education in the country and thus contribute to SDG4.

University Relevant Events

High school students from Al Khaleej International Private School Sharjah visited the university campus to participate in an educational event. The students participated in a Psychology lecture with Dr. Stefane, Head of Psychology where topics related to psychology that influence the academic life of students in schools are discussed.

Read more

Mr. Rami Hajjar, serial entrepreneur and CEO of tech startup Hadzup, has given a lecture encouraging students and the local community to explore their entrepreneurial side during a recent seminar at the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) where access was free.

Read more

CUD in collaboration with Christine Souffrant, founder of social Enterprise, conducted a free course for students, staff and the local community in which the participants learned to explore business opportunities that have a positive impact on their community, society or the world.

Read more

Organized by the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences, a workshop to improve academic writing skills was held for faculty, staff, students and local community. The two-hour “LET’S WRITE” workshop was led by Prof. David Santandreu Calonge, Dr. Efthymios Papatzikis and Mr. Said Baadel. The aim of the facilitators was to explain what is expected from an academic research article and help individuals polish their academic writing skills using an engaging mix of “shut up + write” and “Pecha Kucha” techniques. This workshop was conducted on a highly participative basis and consisted of quick presentations and exercises in small teams to immediately apply concepts. Writing skills are essential in academia and are highly valued by employers. As an academic professional, publishing research articles is crucial because scholarly output in peer-reviewed journals helps build an academic reputation at a personal and an institutional level.

Read more

Haya Merai, a graduate of the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) Bachelor of Health Organization Management programme, has returned to the University to promote skin cancer awareness among students and the local community as part of a her current employer, Friends of Cancer Patients. Haya, who is a junior project executive at the Sharjah-based charity, brought the "Mole Talk" campaign to the CUD campus, to help raise awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection among the youth of the United Arab Emirates.

Read more

The Canadian University Dubai, with the technical support of UNESCO and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), today launched the First International Conference on Web and Open Access to Learning for students, staff and the local community, in his welcome address, Mr. Buti, Chancellor of the Canadian University of Dubai, said that the university was honored to host the region's first conference on open access to learning. Paying tribute to the President's leadership, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the UAE was at the forefront in the use of digital technologies. This is due to ICT's increasingly central role on the government agenda as an enabling infrastructure to develop a truly world-class educational infrastructure and workforce.

Read more

The Canadian University of Dubai hosted its first Career Fair at the City Walk Campus - CUD Hub. CUD students, alumni, and the local community were able to interact and network with more than 30 leading brands across all industries.

Read more

The Canadian University of Dubai and the Center for the Entertainment Arts hosted Emmy Award-winning Blinkmoon Visual Effects Supervisor, Co-Founder and COO Mohsen Mousavi, along with Blinkmoon Founder and CEO Hugh Behroozy to an in-depth discussion on the future of VFX and gaming and how technology has blurred the lines between these two industries. This event provided valuable insights and insights! High school students, college students, industry professionals, and anyone from the local community interested in the fascinating world of visual effects and gaming were invited to attend in person or online.

Read more

To mark the World Mental Health Day, the Psychology Club hosted a number of activities on campus that focused on promoting wellness, advocating openness, and engaging social support among students, faculty, staff members & local community, The event lasted one day and was free for the community that wanted to participate.

Read more

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) professor, Dr. Rami El Khatib, was invited to share his environmental expertise at the Dubai leg of the Waste Free Environment (WFE) campaign held recently at the City’s Al Mamzar beach. Hosting an awareness-raising session that highlighted the importance of recycling, Dr. El Khatib addressed 800 volunteers, including students from 17 schools at the campaign event, which was part of the global WFE initiative running across 18 locations in 13 cities throughout the GCC, India and Europe.

The event was inaugurated by the UAE Minister of Environment, His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, who spoke about the importance of strengthening cooperation in the reuse and recycling of waste, in line with the agenda of UAE Vision 2030. Hosted by Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the event attracted 660 children from local schools who joined with other volunteers to collect waste from the shoreline of Al Mamzar beach. Alongside the clean-up, the event placed a strong emphasis on educating the public about responsible waste disposal, and tackling the challenges associated with plastic litter.

As Chair of CUD’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Dr. El Khatib is a recognized local expert in the field, and was called upon by GPCA to present the awareness-raising session, in which he revealed the significance of recycling to future environmental sustainability. Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary General of GPCA said, “At its core, WFE is a campaign that revolves around education, as litter is fast becoming a pressing environmental issue that can only be solved if people are engaged in the 4 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. We are grateful for the participation of so many students, and are hopeful that these young minds make habits of the lessons learned”.

Read more

CUD held a free webinar for all people on blockchain specifically the webinar dealing with the rapid rise of crypto assets is transforming companies. This direct transaction that is based on blockchain The technology could facilitate the development of a new accounting ecosystem and enable some level of automatic assurance.

Read more

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. Faculty, students and local community 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.

Read more

he Canadian University Dubai (CUD) Faculty of Engineering has hosted over 50 Chinese students from Shanghai for the very first International Robot Maker (IRM) Competition to be held in the UAE. Organized in collaboration with Oriental Wise Educational Consulting FZ-LLC, a Chinese Education Service Center in the UAE, the competition saw students test their Robotics skills in a keenly fought contest that set out with the mission to “encourage participants to work outside the classroom, form a team, think independently, and make innovative robots to compete for honor.”

Competitors were required to make their own robots, using a set of components and following a strict set of rules. There were two elements to the competition, a Robot Soccer Game and, most exciting of all, an all-out Robot Sumo Fight. This is the first IRM Competition to be held in the UAE and the initiative aims to encourage players to compete on the world stage and gain valuable practical skills, as well as develop logical thinking techniques. Through this, they can create smart, intelligent robots and challenge their peers in a healthy, competitive environment.

Read more

  • At Canadian University Dubai we encourage our students to become good global citizens, and community engagement is an important part of the process. Community engagement initiatives add to the overall educational experience and help to address important social issues across the wider community.

For us, community engagement encompasses the interactions and connections of our faculty, staff and students with the wider society. To this end, we promote activities that fit with this goal, and are of mutual benefit to the University and our partner organizations.

In preparation for the Canadian University Dubai annual Career Fair on April 10th 2022, the Career Services Department held a preparation day aimed at helping high school students get the most out of their interaction with employers. The event was organized by Ms. Naoise Lane, Career Services and Internship Coordinator, on behalf of the Department of Student Affairs. The first part of the event was devoted to a review of student CVs and Ms. Naoise commended the students on their professional approach to their tasks. The facilitator of the event was Yomna Selim, Success Executive at Oliv Recruitment and Account Management. Formerly InternsME, Oliv’s mission is to reduce MENA youth unemployment by facilitating career support; the organization has grown from an intern recruitment portal to supporting early careers – from internships, to volunteering, part-time jobs and graduate jobs.

Read more

With the purpose of guiding young students from private and public high schools, the university held the Orientation Day where students who are close to entering higher education were invited to provide them with guidance about what a university academic life is like, the challenges and goals that they can comply. In addition, CUD showed the university facilities with the purpose of familiarizing students with university life and thus instilling in future university students.

Read more

Over forty students from High Schools throughout the UAE attended an Action Day held by the Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design at Canadian University Dubai (CUD). The visitors were introduced to the opportunities and pathways to success available in these disciplines, especially in Dubai, where thinking outside the box is evident in the futuristic designs of the structure and interior of numerous iconic buildings. The presentation was led by Dr. Hamoud Dekkiche and Dr. Hazim Al-Nijaidi. The audience then split into groups and had the opportunity to experience the knowledge and skills required to be successful professionals. Mr. Florian Techel outlined how Computer Aided Design was a valuable tool for bringing thoughts and ideas in to reality, while Ms. Carla Arias led a workshop on the knowledge and skills required for Interior and Furniture Design.

Read more

University Strategy/Procedure/Policy

Canadian University Dubai considers access to education a right for all, for this reason, wanting to contribute to the education of people who do not study at the University, CUD offers different resources and free services to people in the community with whom they can learn and get certified in different fields that allow these people to have constant access to educational resources.

Rise Up Community developed by CUD is a "hope" community development and innovation center for the youth of the United Arab Emirates to embrace their creativity and enable them to exploit their full potential, within a modern and innovative environment that encourages the creation of leading youth communities. The main objective of the project is to create a door of hope in the changing world of a society to help young people achieve their goals in work, education, empower them through the way of working life and the realization of their abilities. The Rise Up design concept is based on three main elements, which are the abstraction of the lines of a bird's wing to express hope; the lines of light to illuminate minds; and combines light with transparency to give a sense of technology. Using an additional atmospheric conceptual element through materiality and innovation, the use and adaptation of light and reflective surfaces, together with the play of shadows and space, gives the users of the building the experience of feeling and emotion. Furthermore, by providing spaces that aid in communication and the creation of opportunities, Rise Up helps create solutions for the needs and problems facing the current generation of young people, empowering them and allowing them to play a key role in society.

Read more

As part of its growing portfolio of community-focused educational initiatives, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) is launching a new set of beginner French and Spanish courses that will accelerate people who want to learn to conversation level in just seven to eight weeks. The first to launch on March 10 will be French for Beginners, delivered over a seven-week period in collaboration with the UAE's only official French language certification center, Alliance Française. The course will take place over two afternoons per week and will take a fun and interactive approach to language learning.

Read more

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at the Canadian University of Dubai provides access to a wealth of electronic resources and loan materials to all students, faculty, staff of the University and the local Canadian community in Dubai. We house a print collection of over 14,000 items consisting of books, magazines and multimedia. Our wide range of e-resources includes over 40,000 e-journals, over 200,000 e-books, and over 3,200,000 intelligence reports and analyses. You can also access country reports, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, videos, and many more electronic resources.

Read more

In order to help people outside the university to have access to education, the university offers an online reserved book service that offers courses that allow people in the community to have access to knowledge about basic services such as water or energy. The local community can reserve the course through the web portal and for free.

Read more

Canadian University on its web portal has some free courses for the local community that allow people to access knowledge that deepens basic services and provides support on how to get these people to access public services more easily.

Read more

With the purpose that the people of the local community who do not have sufficient resources manage to have tools that allow them to access basic services, the university published a course on its web portal on the treatment of the water that falls from the rain, in this way to give it a possibility of having drinking water to the local community.

Read more

With the purpose that the people of the local community who do not have sufficient resources manage to have tools that allow them to access basic services, the university published a course on its web portal on the Solar Power System Fundamentals, This gives the possibility of obtaining solar energy and thus contributing to the local community with the basic energy service.

Read more

In order for people in the local community who do not have sufficient resources to have tools that allow them to access basic services, the university published a course on First Aid on its website, providing the local community with the health basics and how to react to a health emergency.

Read more

  • Canadian University Dubai considers the role of the community in educational culture to be essential. In this sense, the University actively participates in the local community in the different activities and events that take place in the University facilities with the purpose of generating relationships between students, staff members and people from the local community and make the Society a better place to live with greater well-being and more accessible education for all.

Canadian University Dubai encourage the students to become good global citizens, and community engagement is an important part of the process. Community engagement initiatives add to the overall educational experience and help to address important social issues across the wider community. For CUD, community engagement encompasses the interactions and connections of our faculty, staff and students with the wider society. To this end, we promote activities that fit with this goal, and are of mutual benefit to the University and our partner organizations.

Read more

With the purpose of caring for the entire university community, students as well as staff members, the University has an Equality and Diversity Policy whose main function is that the human rights of each member of the university community are not violated and are respected. The university believes in the diversity of the human being, for this reason I developed this policy that rejects and prohibits any type of discrimination caused by another member of the university or a third party.

Introduction and Statement

  • Canadian Dubai University is committed to promoting and implementing equality of opportunity in the learning, teaching, research and working environments

  • The University aims to create a learning and working environment based on fostering good relations between all people, with a shared commitment to promoting respect for all, and challenging and preventing stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and harassment

  • The University is committed to inclusiveness, which “embraces diversity by valuing and respecting the perspectives and contributions of all our colleagues and students”, to the benefit of the University community in respect of its learning, teaching, research, management, administration and support service activities

  • The University upholds the principle that, in their areas of expertise, relevant staff of the University shall have freedom within the law to hold and express opinion, to question and test established ideas and received wisdom, and to present controversial or unpopular points of view without placing in jeopardy their employment or any entitlements or privileges they enjoy

Scope of the Policy

This Policy applies to all members of the University community, including:

  • All members of staff holding a contract of employment, and staff from other institutions on placement at, or visiting the University.

  • Individuals with honorary or affiliate status

  • All students, including visiting and placement students

  • Visitors, including external persons or agencies using the University’s premises, facilities or services

  • Contractors working at the University

  • Individuals working or acting on the University’s behalf, including suppliers of goods and services

The Policy

  • The University aims to ensure that all members of its community are treated with fairness, dignity and respect

  • The University will apply this policy in compliance with and in the spirit of the relevant legislation

  • The University will not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (hereafter referred to as the ‘protected characteristics’) in any decisions concerning student admissions, progression or support provision

  • The University will not discriminate on grounds of any protected characteristic, in decisions concerning staff recruitment and selection, career development, promotion, staff development opportunities, pay and remuneration, or reward and recognition

  • The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation, in the provision of facilities or services, or in the exercise of public functions

  • In the provision of residential accommodation, the University will seek to provide an inclusive living and studying environment

  • The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

  • Under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to work and study at the University

University Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for Equality and Diversity lies with the University Court. The University Principal takes responsibility as overarching Equality Champion, supported by Equality Champions for each of the equality strands, drawn from the Senior Management Group.

The University will ensure that:

  • Staff and students are made aware of this Equality and Diversity Policy through the University’s web pages, publications, induction and training provision, and through the line management structure, as appropriate

  • Publicity material reflects the diversity of the University’s community

  • Staff, students and visitors are treated fairly, irrespective of their protected characteristics. The University will take prompt action over alleged discrimination, victimization or harassment

  • Reasonable adjustments are made, as appropriate, to enable disabled staff and students to overcome substantial disadvantage in the working and learning environment, and in the use of recreational facilities provided by the University

  • Existing procedures for staff and student complaints, grievances and discipline/conduct matters are applied in a just, fair, open and timely manner

  • Staff involved in staff recruitment, student admissions, selection and promotion panels receive training on equality and diversity matters

  • External contractors are made aware of their responsibility in relation to equality and diversity and will be required to comply with university policies and regulations

  • Learning and teaching material, where practical, includes positive, diverse, non-stereotypical content

  • Public events are held, wherever possible, in accessible locations, and where accessibility is limited by necessity, this is made clear to potential attendees

Individual Responsibilities

All University staff, students, contractors and visitors have a responsibility under the Equality and Diversity Policy. All individuals are:

  • Responsible for making themselves aware of the University Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Expected to participate in training which supports the implementation of the University’s Equality Policy, as appropriate

  • Responsible for their behavior and expected to treat others with dignity and respect. This includes cases where alleged or proven discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimization has occurred

  • To support the University’s determination to promote good relations and eliminate discrimination and harassment

  • Staff responsible for schemes of work, teaching content and resources should demonstrate sensitivity to equality and diversity issue

  • Staff responsible for dealing with appeals, complaints, grievances, staff discipline and student conduct matters should demonstrate sensitivity to equality and diversity issues

Read more

If a situation arises in which a student or staff member needs psychological support to overcome a case of discrimination caused by a third party, the university offers its university community "the Personal Counseling" where they will be attended by experts who will help guide the member or student of the university who is in this situation and in this way take care of their well-being and mental health.

Read more

The purpose of Personal Counseling is Create and maintain a healthy balance between academics and personal life. The student college counselor is here to guide through this process and help you overcome challenges, find clarity, build resilience, and achieve the goals of the college community thereby providing mental health. She has experience and professional training and is committed to a multicultural approach, based on strengths and focused on solutions so that the student can solve any problem they face in their process at university as well as external problems of their social environment. Common issues college students face include stress, anxiety, time management, motivation, self-esteem, life transitions, and identity development. With personal counseling, you are given a safe, non-judgmental environment to effectively discuss, understand, and manage these issues and any others. While counseling is offered, referrals are provided if additional or long-term services are needed.

Read more

UAE Initiatives

The UAE places education at the cornerstone of Vision 2021. The Ministry of Education (MOE) and its strategic partners have laid out a strong strategy to harness the national human capital’s full potential by maximizing participation in high-quality education, encouraging entrepreneurship, and nurturing public and private sector leaders. The 2016 merger between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has enabled the UAE to focus on equity and quality from kindergarten to higher education to fill the gap between academic requirements and labour market demands. MOE is accelerating progress towards the SDGs by infusing Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) (such as Artificial Intelligence) in the education system through a smart learning program and a specialized data center.

Policies and Initiatives

  • The Early Childhood Policy (2018) targets children from birth until the age of 8 and calls for the establishment of a national framework with a comprehensive and integrated approach for the care and learning of children

  • The Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2018) defines an Emirati school model focused on providing quality education from birth through its five tracks (Specialization track, General/Academic track, Professional track, Advanced track and Professional Advanced track)

Read more