educational outreach activities beyond campus

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Public school students to a guidance and support service from leading names in the field of professional development, as they prepare to reach their university development goals by 2023 Facilitated by Orsi Urban, Career and Job Placement Coordinator at CUD, students have benefited from a series of skill-building and profile-building workshops, delivered by representatives of the University's strategic career partner, Bayt.com; the largest internship jobs site in the UAE, InternsME; and the world's largest professional network, LinkedIn.

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"Feel the fear and do it anyway" was the message to dozens of women seeking inspiration to take their first steps on the path to leadership at a recent workshop hosted by the Canadian University of Dubai where women from the local community were invited. and other sectors, in collaboration with the consulting and coaching firm Global Minds. Introducing the first step of a six-stage initiative that supports and empowers women to explore their full potential and become conscious leaders, Ms. Suraya Turk, trainer and founder of Global Minds, encouraged the audience to challenge conventions, learn about themselves and take responsibility. for his own destiny.

The workshop was the first in a series of three Women in Leadership events to be hosted by Canadian University Dubai in partnership with Global Minds. The three sessions aim to empower aspiring female leaders to learn about themselves, overcome barriers and personal limitations, and set out their aspirations for success. These make up only the first half of a six-stage leadership program developed by Ms. Turk to enhance the participation of women in leading roles and equip them with the leadership mindset.

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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.

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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.

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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, staff and local community 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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Under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, chaired by His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) in association with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada, hosted the “Conference on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities”. Held from April 23-25, 2022, the 3-day event examined the challenges and opportunities to integrate the three key issues of global climate change, biodiversity and sustainability in the MENA region. The conference featured renowned climate change experts, international and local conservationists and academics, students, university staff members and people from the local community. Keynote speakers included:

  • Dr. Francisco Dallmeier, Senior Conservation Biologist, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability;

  • Dr. Daniel Scott, Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, who praised the UAE for its innovation and positive response to climate change issues;

  • Dr. Adam Fenech, Nobel Laureate and Director, Climate Research Laboratory, UPEI, Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director of Sustainability Operations, University of British Columbia, and Mashael Al Ansari, Climate Change Specialist, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

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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.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined forces with leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, to support the empowerment of students and local community through innovation in the context of the UAE’s move towards an information-based economy. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal their long-term commitment to the UAE’s younger generation at the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICLIE), held recently in Dubai.

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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."

The collaboration with FoCP was facilitated by CUD's Student Services team, which organizes a range of employment, internship and volunteering opportunities for students across the University.

Speaking about the opportunity, Dino continued, "The experience I gained goes much deeper than just work experience, it has helped me to understand a disease that could potentially influence my life, and now I know what to look for. I also saw that people really took notice, wanted to know more and took away our message."

Ache concluded, "I feel that as responsible citizens it's important that we give something back. I enjoy meeting new people and this experience allowed me to do this, while learning a lot in the process."

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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’.

“We started handing out boxes, but before we knew, the line of people waiting to receive them grew more than we had accounted for,” said student Fatma Ali of their first visit to the camp. “At that point we decided to open the boxes and give out smaller amounts to each laborer, trying our best to ensure that each one of them went home with something. Unfortunately, the line grew longer with time and we were not able to cater for everyone. It was difficult for all of us to turn the rest of them down and announce that we had run out of goods.”

Following their first visit the students reflected on the lessons learned and changed how they handed out the goods on their subsequent visits. Some of the other students also reflected on the experience.

“What I loved the most was the way they all came around us, smiling and calling the others to come,” said student Olamiji Fisayomi Deborah. “It was great to see how welcoming and appreciative they were, it melted my heart. Deep within me I felt so proud and kind of accomplished, as it feels good to make people happy. I will definitely take other friends there to do this again.

Dr. Louise Lambert, Professor at Canadian University Dubai, said the volunteer component to the class brought many of the theories and philosophies of what it means to be a good person alive for the students. At first, they were not enthusiastic to give up some of their personal time, but after the first visit, they were the ones who insisted on collecting more donations and going back a second and third time. “Youth want to do good, but they can't always find the avenues to do so; once they find a path, they rise to their better selves and know exactly what to do.” This initiative parallels the Year of Giving being promoted by H.H Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and will be repeated again this Ramadan where students will hand out Iftar packages as part of their Good Deed component in the community.

“Our main aim was to provide enough supplies in order to fulfill the daily needs of a human being and to bring a smile on the workers face by showing them there is still someone who cares,” said Lubna Moosa Sodagar. “The whole experience of collection and distribution made me realize that every single thing that we have is such a blessing from God. It also made me more thankful for everything that we have in life.”

Said Lilas Ammouni, “I had a mixture of emotions. I was really excited to go, and it felt really good when we started giving stuff out to the workers and seeing their happy faces, but soon my emotions started to shift, since we had hundreds of working men lining up and just a few boxes left. Regardless of everything, it was a great experience that I would gladly and proudly do again because although there are so many good deeds to do out there, some just feel better than the others, feel free to nominate me to help in anything like that for the coming semesters !”

To learn more about Royati and the work that students will again do with them this coming Ramadan, please visit http://www.royati.ae/.

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More than 200 students have taken part in this year’s edition of the CUD creative writing competition, which challenges university and high school students to pen original and imaginative tales in exactly 100 words. Coordinated by student Naureen Patne with the support of Student Services, CUD’s 5th annual 100 Word Writing Competition saw participants from six universities and six high schools compete across four different categories, to showcase their imagination and creativity through the written word.

The winners were honoured at an award ceremony hosted by Naureen, where the top 10 entrants recited their though-provoking stories of dreams, terror, family, fate and love. Taking first place in the High School Category was Hrithik Lakhiani of Delhi Private School (DPS), Sharjah, with a haunting tale entitled ‘The Office Was Finally Quiet Today’. Second and third places in the category were also awarded to students from DPS, with Daksha Gehani taking the runner-up prize for her sentimental story ‘Cold Hands, Warm Heart’, while Aasha Eapen’s reflection on thought and conversation, ‘The Things Dearest’, won her third place in the category.

In the University competition, CUD student Hala Naser Alnsour was awarded the top prize for her darkly humoured tale ‘A Fair Compromise’, while second place went to Aishma Raghu from BITS Pilani with her entry ‘ Neighbors’ and third place was awarded to Zarak Rana from UOWD for his story ‘Afterglow’. With his mysterious tale ‘A Cruise Ship met with an Accident’, CUD student Abdullah Musa received first prize in the English for Academic Purposes category. This year’s contest saw the introduction of a new category, which gave students under the age of 12 the opportunity to showcase their writing talents in a special competition of their own.

The top three entrants in this inaugural event all hailed from DPS, with Angela Anna Jossy taking first place with her touching tale entitled ‘The Best Invention of All Time’, while Ashlin Roji’s entry ‘My Dream’ was awarded the runner-up prize and Prerna Pai received third place for her story ‘Fate’. Each of the competition categories was assessed by a panel of eight internal judges, alongside Dubai-based professional authors, Ms. Kathy Shalhoub and Mr. Alexander McNabb, both of whom were on-hand at the award ceremony to share their experience with the audience of budding authors.

Mr. McNabb paid tribute to all the contestants saying, “Writing a story in 100 words is a difficult challenge; it’s actually 10 times harder than producing 1,000 words and 100 times harder than writing 10,000 words – you can’t afford to waste a single one. I have been amazed by the standard of entries this year, particularly from the young participants.

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Canadian University Dubai, in partnership with Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) will be working together to develop an exciting new program focused on leadership in the creative industries. The Bachelor in Creative Industries will combine creativity with business acumen in order to create a cadre of highly qualified students capable of leading the quickly expanding arts and culture industry in the UAE and abroad. The program will be officially launched once it attains accreditation from the UAE’s Ministry of Education.

The new program will be the University’s first offering as part of the newly established FCAD at Canadian University Dubai which has been developed in collaboration with Ryerson University, Canada, who currently run their own successful FCAD in Toronto boasting programs in the Creative Industries, Fashion, Graphic Communications, Image Arts, Interior Design, Journalism, Professional Communication and Performance.

The “Creative Industries” refers to a distinctive group of creative fields pertaining to media, design, entertainment and the visual and performing arts. While these fields have long been recognized for their cultural value, they are also an important economic driver and key to urban development and renewal.

“This will be the first program in the UAE targeted at preparing students for an entrepreneurial career in media, entertainment, design or the visual and performing arts,“ said Dr. Karim Chelli, Canadian University Dubai’s President and Vice Chancellor. “By combing solid business, communication and management skills with in-depth knowledge of these industries we will be creating the future leaders of the UAE’s entertainment, arts and culture scene. This program aligns with Dubai’s and the UAE’s strategies for future economic growth and offers students an advantage in the job market here and abroad. Furthermore, by establishing FCAD here at Canadian University Dubai, we are laying the ground work for future programs designed with the countries strategic goals and labor needs in mind, which is a bonus for the UAE and our students.”

“This is an exciting partnership for us in a global city known for its innovation and creativity,” says FCAD’s Dean Charles Falzon. “This collaboration represents an opportunity for us to mobilize talent, ideas and global connections in order to advance cultural industries in both countries. As a rapidly expanding economy and cultural hub in the Middle East, Dubai offers opportunities, for new ideas and creative people as well as a rich historical tradition. The Creative Industries program will capitalize on this by offering students classes in the art and business of film, the business and practice of news, printing and publishing, the music industry and the fashion industry.”

As part of the collaboration with Ryerson and in order to capitalize on their established and highly popular programs, the Toronto based university will provide ongoing technical and curricular expertise and will assist in the recruitment of scholars from around the world.

The new FCAD will offer Canadian University Dubai degrees and is expected to attract students from over 100 countries in the Middle East and Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the proposed programs can contact the admissions office at admission@cud.ac.ae.

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Dr. Rawa Nahhas, Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), has been contributing to the regional dialogue on child development through her recent conference participation and publication on the subject of positive children’s media.

In an article published in Al Bayan, Dr. Nahhas discussed how media has become a primary source of learning in the contemporary digital world, and explored how positive children’s media could be created to aid educational and personal development.

Posing a number of questions, including who should compose the content, what the content should be, and how it should be raised, Dr. Nahhas argued that addressing these factors could help to establish the media as a legitimate support mechanism in creating children awareness.

Summarising her findings, Dr. Nahhas said, “The media message should have another function which is to shed light on the courses and processes that have led to the creation of inventions and knowledge; to change the relationship between the child and the stereotype of knowledge, into dynamic ways to comprehend the reality of life.”

Building upon her research in the field, Dr. Nahhas went on to attend the third Gulf Children’s Conference at the headquarters of the Women's Renaissance Society in Dubai. Accompanying a group of students from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences who were also in attendance at the event, Dr. Nahhas engaged in the various debates around the conference theme ‘Psychological Empowerment of the Mother in a Promising Childhood.’

The Conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and brought together representatives from the government and private sectors to engage in discussions surrounding the importance of mothers in building cohesive families in the region.

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Dubai-UAE: 27 April 2017 – Canadian University Dubai students attend an interactive workshop hosted by XTrade, a world renowned online Contract for Difference (CFD) trading broker in April 2017. The aim of the outreach program was to educate university students in the UAE on the essentials of responsible online trading. The sessions gave students a practical perspective on how to succeed in online trading while focusing on education, information and discipline.

Canadian University Dubai was one of three local universities invited to host the workshop, which was organized by Dr. Ikhlaas Gurrib, Chair of Accounting and Finance, in collaboration with Educator and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Leigh, who offered his expertise through a presentation that provided an in-depth analysis on how to trade with restraint and proficiency focusing on areas that included: introduction to the forex market, psychology of trading, trading strategies and setting goals using detailed explanations and live trading examples.

“Canadian University Dubai is committed in finding opportunities for our students to engage with industry professionals and learn from leaders in the business community,” said Dr. Gurrib. “This was an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about technical analysis, the psychology of online trading, as well as receive tips and tactics from those active in the industry.”

Commenting on this initiative, Mark Leigh, COO, Xtrade said, “Responsible online trading begins with education, and teaching university students the fundamentals they need to build a career in this field. By equipping them with this information, our aim is to prepare them to succeed and become disciplined financial investors of tomorrow. Moreover, today’s generation is technologically savvy, and they understand the power of online mediums and the potential opportunities that come with trading online. As a result, we simply need to focus on empowering them with relevant knowledge and information, which will eventually help them to understand the business of online trading.”

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CUD alumna, Muna Al Ali, Assistant Head of Saruq Al Hadid Museum, invited two CUD students to attend a workshop titled “Museum 101”, organized by the Dubai Municipality.

Students Abubakar Mohamed Garba and Farid Younesi attended the event along with Dr. Joanna Seraphim, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication. They were joined by students from other universities and industry professionals.

Participants were introduced to the process of creating a museum in a historic building. They were given presentations from museum professionals who spoke about the different stages in museum design, ranging from establishing a vision, defining the target audience and considering the museum's space.

After the presentations, participants were divided into groups with industry professionals and invited to develop a concept for a museum based on the personality and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed, father of the Nation.

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Feb. 28th, Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeira: A group of twenty CUD students acted as volunteers for the 7th Annual Crossroads Conference organized by the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of the GCC, in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance for the UAE.

The students were responsible for registering attendees and VIP guests and acting as the first point of contact for the event, and were honored to meet with His Excellency during the event.

The event was initiated by CUD alumnus, Abdulla Mansoor, who is presently interning with HBS GCC. He facilitated a meeting between Ms. Naoise Lane, Career Services and Internship Coordinator and the organizers of the event, which led to the University’s participation.

Harvard Business School Club is a non-profit organization based in Dubai. They were formed by HBS Alumni from various industry sectors, representing over 1,000 Harvard Business School Alumni in the GCC.

The event brought together industry-leading CEOs from the region to discuss business strategies and the significance of embracing tolerance within business settings and operations.

HBS GCC organize world-class events and unique conferences and bring the very best business education to the region. They connect students, executives and governments, culminating in the organization of this flagship Annual “Crossroads” event.

The organizers were extremely impressed with the caliber of students offered by CUD, and have expressed their willingness to reach out to CUD for future volunteering opportunities.

Speaking after the event, Goulam Amarsy, President of the HBS Club thanked CUD for their help throughout the Conference.

Addressing the student volunteers, she said “We have received a number of compliments from a variety of sources and we wouldn’t have done it without each one of you. Your cooperation was of big help in making this event a success.”

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