4.3.2 Does your university as a body host events at university that are open to the general public: public lectures, community educational events?

The IEEE Steering Committee on Learning Technologies has approved the launch of its first International Conference on Open Access to Education at the Canadian University of Dubai in April 2014.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, with millions of members in over 160 countries. This is a great honour for the University, as this is the first time an IEEE conference will be held in the United Arab Emirates. This conference will have more than four hundred participants and will attract some of the best keynote speakers in the world. This conference is in addition to the 6th Joint IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference being held April 23rd25th 2013. IFIP is the International Federation for Information Processing with over 500,000 members in 56 countries. The Canadian University of Dubai would like to take this opportunity to thank the Office of Research Services for all of their hard work in securing this conference, and wish them the best moving forward.


Monday, June 14, 2021: The Faculty of Architecture & Interior Design (FAID) successfully held an International Virtual Symposium on “New Sustainability Practices in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction,” May 31, 2021.

Organized by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in collaboration with Sherbrook University (Canada) and La Rochelle University (France), the symposium addressed the latest advancements in the field, stressing on the importance of sustainable material and construction techniques in architecture.

Moderating the event, Dr. Seif Khiati, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Canadian University Dubai, said: "I believe that this event achieved the outcomes that we were hoping for. I am very optimistic that this FAID Symposium, is the beginning of more events to come that will help to lay the foundations for future multidisciplinary partnership, cooperation, research, and publication in this field."

Event attendees included: professionals, officials, educators, and university students from the related fields (architecture, civil engineering, material engineering, etc.) from a variety of municipalities, firms, and universities within the region.

Inspiring innovation, fueling the future in sustainable buildings, and highlighting practical ways in which we can improve in this domain moving forward, participants learned how to disseminate information on recent innovations in the field, strengthen the multidisciplinary approach to sustainable architecture, engineering design and implementation, encourage further collaboration between architecture and engineering to create a more sustainable society and built environment, and much more.

Kareem Midani, fourth year architecture student, Canadian University Dubai, said: "Thank you for having us here. The symposium was a great opportunity for participants to listen, learn, and reconsider new strategies of design."

Opening remarks were provided by Prof. Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor, Canadian University Dubai. Speakers included:

Prof. Ammar Yahia, Full Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Building Engineering, University of Sherbrooke.

Prof. Rafik Belarbi, Full Professor, Former Head of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Department, University of La Rochelle.

H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf, United Nations Resident Coordinator, United Arab Emirates.

Kourosh Salehi, MENA Design Director for LWK + PARTNERS., Architect, Urbanist, and Educator.

Dr. Hamoud Dekkiche, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Canadian University Dubai.

CUD offers a broad range of academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels based on the Canadian curriculum across a variety of disciplines, including: Architecture and Interior Design, Communication and Media, Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Management, Creative Industries, Environmental Health Sciences, and Social Sciences.


Thursday, April 22, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD), in collaboration with Al Wasl Sports Club (AWC), hosted a series of webinars to commemorate the United Nations International Sport for Development and Peace on April 6, 2021.

Organized through CUD’s Department of Sport Management, the aim of these sessions was to provide attendees with an overview of football management in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Topics of discussion included; Club Licensing Management, Professional Football Management, and Sports Marketing in the country.

Pedro Correia, Sport Management Consultant, Al Wasl Sports Club and Commentator, Arabian Gulf League, shared his expertise and knowledge on the UAE football landscape, structure of a professional football club, and the requirements for a club to be officially licensed by the UAE Football Association (UAEFA).

Yousef Al Sayed, ex-player at Shabab Al Ahli Club, and Marketing Manager, Al Wasl Sports Club, shared his experience as a player in the Arabian Gulf League and the sports marketing scene in the country.

Dr. Leonardo Mataruna, Professor, Canadian University Dubai, and Advisor, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), mediated the debates and promoted the discussion using his experience as Football Commentator in the Arabian Gulf League.

The speakers were impressed by the inquisitive questions asked by the attendees who included CUD students, AWC members, and people from all around the world including UAE, Canada, Saudi Arabian, Qatar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Brazil, England, and the United States of America.

CUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management prepares students to deal with matters that are unique to the sports industry. They learn to negotiate contracts with players and vendors through athletic valuation, attract crowds to sports events, and coordinate external communication through traditional and digital media, to strengthen the tie between the fans and the team.

CUD and AWC established a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2021. The MoU represents an ongoing relationship that supports cooperation and engagement between the two parties through various activities, including: internship opportunities, academic-related projects and events, research initiatives, outreach programs and much more.


Events across campus wowed visitors from near and far

Students from various schools within the University joined forces to execute a large celebration in honour of the UAE’s 42nd National Day and the success of Dubai’s bid to host World Expo 2020. The campus came alive with dancing, singing and amazing displays of Emirati food and culture. Special art and decorations around campus were also organised by renowned Canadian artist Sylvain Tremblay.”

The workshop was conducted by experts from Canadian University Dubai

The workshop was conducted by experts from Canadian University Dubai

April 3rd, 2017: Twenty heads of units/departments from Kuwait University attended a five-day Executive Management Workshop conducted by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) recently. The course consisted of 3 modules: Time & Quality Management, Administrative Quality Management and Leadership and Management: Bridging the Gap.

Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, Dr. Karim Chelli, President of CUD, stressed the key attributes of Canadian education system – prioritising education and lifelong learning, in line with the UNESCO education strategy.

Congratulating the participants Dr. Chelli remarked that the learning modules covered in the workshop were highly relevant in global business world, and expressed the hope that the program would lead to greater interaction between CUD and Kuwait University.

The modules on Time & Quality Management and Administrative Quality Management were delivered by Dr. Marc Poulin, a professor of Operations Management at CUD for Graduate Studies, who has extensive experience as Business Consultant, Mass Customization Consultant and Senior Supply Chain Consultant.

The module on ‘Leadership and Management: Bridging the Gap’ was delivered by Mr. Eric Koeman, a dynamic international management consultant driving capability and building brands and sales for many Fortune 500 companies.

The participating senior level employees from Kuwait University expressed utmost satisfaction with the program. Nadia Alalimi, head of unit at College of Architecture, described the workshop as highly useful for raising the bar on quality management and leadership. She said similar programs would be held in future in collaboration with CUD.

Abdulwahab Almuhana, head of unit, Medical Sciences Sector, said the workshop was very helpful and informative and added that the tools presented would help him upgrade his skills, especially in the field of time management.


November 23, 2017, GEMS Wellington School, Silicon Oasis: Students from GEMS school accompanied by CUD staff recorded a song, celebrating the diversity of Dubai titled ‘You’re Dubai.’

The song was written by Dr. Franziska Apprich, Assistant Professor and Head of Learning Zones and Incubation in CUD, in collaboration her Communications students.

The recording of the song is a follow up to an initiative in early October when students from the Communications Department worked closely with GEMS students on the subject of bullying. During their classes the GEMS students wrote and recorded lines about anti- bullying.

The students were so impressed by the creativity of the students that they felt motivated to prolong the relationship and as a result encouraged Dr. Fran to pen a song.

The song was recorded by the GEMS School Choir ‘Resonance’, under the supervision of music teacher Olivia Shields and, music coordinator Danielle Boylan. The choir was accompanied by members of staff from CUD.

The song is about the beauty and innovation of Dubai and how it has given us all a home. We’re all part of Dubai and are happy to be living in this peaceful and tolerant place.

Many of our students have been born in Dubai and consider this to be their home. Every time Fran comes into a classroom she is reminded of the diversity and beauty of Dubai.

Dr. Fran expressed the hope that the song would receive the maximum exposure through Radio and Social media as she felt that many people share the values of the song and music video.

The song is the end product of an initiative between CUD and Gems School addressing issues around bullying and examining strategies for coping.

Speaking on behalf of the GEMS School, Thomas Nelson, Head of Emerald House and Physical Education teacher who originally invited CUD to participate in the anti-bullying campaign said that it was important to encourage students to acquire confidence when discussing issues around bullying in the classroom, making it easier for students to talk about bullying issues when they happen, and also providing a better understanding of why they happen and how people are affected.

We wanted to establish a link with The Canadian University of Dubai and with the help of Dr. Fran and her students, we were able to work together to deliver songwriting workshops that allowed our students to express their feelings and experiences around the theme of prejudice and discrimination.

For the future, our ambition is to ensure that this awareness and message remains a focal point at the Academy throughout the academic year. As a school we know we have made a positive difference to our students in recognizing, reporting and responding to bullying.

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has hosted representatives from more than 20 higher education institutions across the UAE at a workshop organized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) to introduce universities to the quality standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The event saw more than 50 delegates from top universities in the UAE gather in CUD’s Red Theatre to hear from expert Professor Mo Sarhan, Dean of the School of Business Administration, Savannah State University, USA, about aligning CAA and AACSB accreditation standards.

Established almost 100 years ago, AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. AACSB accreditation is regarded worldwide as the longest standing, most recognized form of professionally specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can obtain.

Opening the workshop, CUD Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, paid tribute to the role of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the CAA in advancing the university sector in the UAE, and recognized the ongoing guidance and support they provide to CUD as it approaches its tenth year of operation.

Introducing the workshop on behalf of the Ministry, Dr. Will Williams, CAA Commissioner, said, “One of the distinctive features of higher education in the UAE is the positive disproportion of international accreditations, which highlights the huge significance of events like this in helping us to align with international norms.”

The delegates went on to hear from Professor Sarhan on the standards, processes and challenges of AACSB and the three pillars of innovation, engagement and impact that it is built upon. With less than 5% of the world’s business programs having earned AACSB accreditation, it is a credential that demonstrates first-rate, international standards, producing highly-skilled, sought-after graduates.


February 10th, 2015: Historical, contemporary and emerging communication technologies were the subject of debate among experts in the field at a recent workshop hosted by the Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Creativity (CEIC) and the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The Centre of Excellence and CUD, both subsidiaries of Dubai Education LLC, jointly organized the unique event, which brought together practitioners from different dimensions of the communications arena to discuss how mobile technology in particular has transformed practices in the field.

Opening the debate was Mr. Morrad Irsane, Co-Founder of the community trading and networking app Meltoo Marketplace, and Ms. Soukaina Rachidi, the organization's Media Relations Coordinator. As a serial entrepreneur, Morrad has always had an eye for an opportunity, but it was the growing prevalence of affordable mobile technology that led to the creation of his latest venture.


"The mobile communication platform is a quick, simple and cost-effective way to start an enterprise, and Dubai is one of the best places to do it", he revealed. "We are in the age of the app, and the UAE, with its relatively small marketplace and multinational population, is a 'digital silk route', offering great potential for market entry and huge scope to reach a global audience."

Film veteran and Emmy Award winner, Mr. Allan Nicholls, went on to give an entertaining and enlightening insight into the evolution of the movie industry, reflecting on the marriage of audio and visual technology that formed the foundations of modern cinematic entertainment.

Also taking to the stage were inspiring female entrepreneurs, Ms. Mai Medhat and Dr. Shereen Ahmed, who revealed how they had each taken advantage of mobile technologies, in two very different ventures.

Tech enthusiast Mai described how she transformed the complex process of events management through her integrated organizational app, Eventtus, while 'Women in STEM' award winner Shereen explained how she set out to make shopping trips safe and fun with her family-focused app, Mall Hunt.

Academic insights into the subject were provided by Dr. John Kanyaru, who spoke about the curriculum content and teaching techniques involved in mobile application development programs, and Dr. Wided Dafri who gave an overview, in Arabic, of the historical developments of the Smartphone.

Concluding the workshop program were CUD engineering students Mohammed Baziyad, Ahmed Farrag, and Moad Kawan, who have applied their own education and experience of mobile communication technologies to develop an application that is currently in the running for the 1 million AED prize in the UAE m-Government Awards.

Offering the vote of thanks, Dr. Franziska Apprich, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, encouraged everyone to embrace the opportunities offered by mobile communication technologies and to continually explore and innovate, without fear of failure, as technology continues to advance.

The event attracted an audience of faculty members and students from across the University's Schools of Business Administration, Environment and Health, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, alongside business professional and practitioners in the field.

Dr. Kiran Tangri, Director of CEIC said, "The diverse range of speakers and participants we saw at this workshop demonstrates how far mobile communication technology has gone to transform our daily lives.

"From the way we learn, network, conduct business, socialize, and even access entertainment, mobile communication tools have become fundamental to the functioning of society, and our aim is to facilitate dialogue and inspire innovation and creativity that will support the continued evolution of these technologies."

The event was supported by Kalebr Technologies.