4.3.5 Does your university as a body have a policy that ensures that access to these activities is accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability or gender?
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 celebrates Canada’s biggest strength, Cultural Diversity on-campus at an energetic evening of live singing, dancing, food and extraordinary fashion.
Students from countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Canada, Jordan, Kazakhstan, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Tajikistan, Tanzania, UAE, USA, Uzbekistan & Yemen held live shows exhibiting their national dances, fashion and music. Many established tents on the campus grounds containing items representing their various cultures and serving traditional food.
The International Cultural Day celebrations highlighted the diverse population of the University. The university teaches students from more than 101 different countries.
The event was also attended by visitors from the Embassy of Algeria, Ambassador of Tajikistan and Yemen to encourage students of these countries.
Nigeria was voted Best Performance for their extra-ordinary crowd pleasing performance and Yemen earned the title of Best Stall for their outstanding efforts.
March 28th – 30th: Canadian University has proudly hosted the Dubai Model United Nations Academy, in collaboration with United Ambassadors.
Teams from as far away as the Democratic Republic of Congo took part in a packed four-day program where they were treated to a magnificent Opening Ceremony followed by two days of intensive workshops and presentations. The event culminated in a keenly fought debate on the final day, addressing some of the major issues facing our world, including sustainability, discrimination, conflict resolution and world poverty.
The event was introduced by Nabila Elassa, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of United Ambassadors with contributions from Mr. Omar Hernandez, Lead Trainer and Mr. Ahmad Al Ammar, Facilitator and former MUN participant. United Ambassadors is a world-leading international Model United Nations Education non-profit organization with a mission of building the next generation of youth leaders and global citizens, through Model United Nations.
Students learnt about the importance of demonstrating effective leadership skills and having empathy with their stakeholders. During the workshops and presentations they developed skills in public speaking, writing proposals, reaching consensus, interpreting briefings, diplomacy and negotiation skills, all interspersed with a variety of fun activities.
Several of the delegates also made personal statements for their audience reflecting their determination to make an impact on their communities.
The MUN initiative was created to provide a platform for young people to learn about international issues, diplomacy and inter-government relations and to develop their capabilities in critical thinking, research and debate. The model simulates the United Nations forum itself, with each group of students representing a country in the debate over a range of issues from health and social progress to the economy and global finance.
Speaking after the event, Mr. Omar Hernandez, Lead Trainer with United Ambassadors, praised the standard of commitment and debate displayed by the delegates. He said, “this is a remarkable opportunity for young people to gain a unique perspective on how diplomacy works. The skills they are learning will help them make a difference in their future lives, and with the delegates coming from different backgrounds and culture, they are able to appreciate the importance of tolerance in today’s world.”
Eszter Meszaros, Administrative Coordinator for United Ambassadors in Dubai said the purpose of the event was to help the leaders of the future realise how they could make a difference.
The event concluded with presentations to the delegates and a series of presentations from the leaders of each group.
February 8, 2018 Block C Atrium: Alumni from University of New Brunswick currently living in Dubai attended a get together in the presence of UNB faculty who were visiting CUD.
Representing UNB were Dr. Eddy Campbell, President and Vice Chancellor along with Dominic Blakeley Innovation and Leadership Strategist and Christopher Beardsworth, Director of International Recruitment.
Dr. Campbell, in his address, welcomed local UNB alumni and CUD faculty, and underlined the importance of the partnership between both universities recalling that UNB had been part of Canadian University Dubai’s journey since the beginning.
He believed Dubai was an exciting part of the world with its diversity, amazing mix of people and its energetic and booming economy pointing to the success of Canadian University Dubai in the region and the many returns the partnership between both institutions has resulted in.
He concluded his address by thanking Canadian University Dubai and expressed his hope that the partnership would continue to flourish as it was clearly in line with both universities’ visions in support of the higher goals of education, confident it would last well into the future.