5.3.3 Does your university as a body provide women’s access schemes?

Dr. Mohamed Ben Moussa Talked Gender Divides and E-empowerment at Journalism Conference


DUBAI, May 3, 2017 – Canadian University Dubai Associate Professor in Communications and Media Studies, Dr. Mohamed Ben Moussa, recently participated in a Journalism and Media Conference at Middlesex University Dubai, where he presented his research titled “Gender Divides and e-Empowerment in the Arab World: the case of the UAE.”

The paper, which was co-authored with Dr. Joanna Seraphim, explores the impact of Information and Communications Technology’s (ICT’s) diffusion and its use on women’s empowerment in the UAE. Their article addressed the key questions: To what extent have women in UAE appropriated the Internet in their everyday life? How do gender relations inform the use and appropriation of the Internet in the country? And to what extent have Emirati women, through their use of the Internet and ICTs, been empowered to bridge existing gender divide?

“One of the major findings of the study is that ICTs are playing a central role in Emirati women’s life in the private and public sphere,” said Dr. Ben Moussa. “And in many cases women are outperforming men in adopting new information and communication technologies in various fields and domains, especially in education and academic research.”

The conference brought together the region’s best and brightest journalism and media minds to explore the theme of emerging trends in global journalism.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to present my research at the conference, and engage with my peers from around the region,” said Dr. Ben Moussa. “I look forward to participating again and hearing more about the wide variety of media and communications research being conducted across the Middle East.”

April 5th, 2017: Six students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have been selected to take part in the Women@Dior Mentorship Program, an exclusive career development opportunity provided by the world-leading luxury brand, Christian Dior Couture.

Accounting and finance students Zukhra Avazova and Hajar Asli; marketing majors Anais Mavioga and Sara Antonucci; human resources student Margret Ibrahim, and public relations major, Maria Surzhankaya, took six of the seven places on the coveted program.

Each member of the all-female group will now be matched with mentors from one of six business areas within Dior Middle East, from fashion retail, buying and finance, to marketing, human resources and public relations. They will benefit from guidance and support from a ‘big sister’ mentor, who will help them to find their personal identity and professional destiny, and to set them on the right path to success.

The Women@Dior Mentorship Program originated at the House of Dior in Paris. The initiative aims to connect enthusiastic, ambitious and talented students in need of guidance and support, with female mentors based at Dior, for a period of professional coaching.

The new program was launched with a breakfast at the Vogue Cafe in Dubai Mall, attended by the mentors, students and senior women in management positions within Christian Dior. Among the mentors, was Human Resources Area Coordinator, Charlotte Greet, who said, “Women@Dior is a program that I am extremely proud to be a part of – supporting and guiding young women in discovering their own professional destiny.

“Christian Dior is a fashion house that believes in the importance of women in business and the positive impact of supporting women to be inspired, to push boundaries and to grow into strong, independent career women.”

Speaking about the unique opportunity, marketing student Anais said, “Being mentored by members of Maison Dior is an amazing prospect as the craftsmanship, the heritage, and the notoriety of this house is well known all around the world. I am hoping it will give me the chance to learn some of the key skills and professional practices of the industry so that I can reach my career goals with more confidence.”

Public relations student, Maria, added, “This is much more than an opportunity to gain practical experience in PR; it is an important and influential initiative to empower girls in industry and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

CUD Work Placement and Career Coordinator, Ms Orsi Urban, supported the students with advice and guidance prior to their selection for the program. She said, “We are very proud that six out of the seven mentees are selected from CUD and we wholeheartedly congratulate the students on this achievement. I am sure that they will benefit enormously, both personally and professionally, from this exceptional learning opportunity.”


April 13, 2017 – The Canadian University Dubai’s 5th Annual Interior Design Days ended with the presentation of $10,000 USD in award money to the winners of University Design Challenge issued by KOA, a unique real estate concept that aims to bring a new definition to residential living in the UAE. The company approached the university earlier in the spring semester with the idea of running the competition in order to allow the talented students to showcase their designs and come up with innovative solutions for KOA’s first development, Canvas.

Student Nesreen Shehada was awarded first place for her designs for a day-care, while students Saratu Adamu and Aminot Ojikutu came second. In addition, Hajar Chaharsoughi came first for her design of a co-working space and Henrique Wagner came second.

“I’m still shocked,” said Nesreen about her win. “This has certainly given me the motivation to keep working hard and focusing on my studies and career, and the award will help me achieve my goals.”

The student’s innovative designs focused on greenery and active open spaces with lots of bright natural light and neutral colors to encourage relaxation and creativity.

Serkan Gunay, CUD’s Interior Design Chair, said “We are very proud of all of the students who submitted projects to this competition. Submitting a design for consideration to a team of professional architects is a wonderful educational experience for our students, as the feedback they receive will certainly color all of their projects moving forward in their academic careers. I’m very impressed with the submissions put forward and I think our students did an excellent job presenting mature and innovative designs that stood out in both their professional quality and creativity.”

Mohammed Bin Zaal, CEO and Founder of KOA, said: “The aim of the University Design Challenge was to provide a space to young and creative talents to demonstrate their design skills and we have been thrilled by the final work of the students – they set the bar very high. Their innovative solutions clearly reflected Canvas’ unique concept. ”

Interior Design Days also featured a display of other student design works, as well as a lecture dedicated to famed Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen, who is remembered for his neo-futuristic style and his works including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (including the Gateway Arch) in St. Louis, Missouri, the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A workshop highlighting the use of ergonomics by furniture designer Herman Miller was also held with Jennie M. Stallings, Dealer Support and Training Manager at Herman Miller Middle East & Africa. Two of Herman Millers popular office chairs were used as examples of how humans interact with other objects, and how this theory can be used to improve furniture in terms of both comfort and utility.


First year Architecture student, Alyazya Abdullah, was recently interviewed on Sama Dubai TV’s popular “The World of Family” program about her achievements and what motivates her to be a good student.

Alyazya was chosen to appear on the program because of her participation in the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority‘s (DEWA) Ruwad Initiative, which saw 20 Emirati youths travel to Singapore for 6 days, as well as her academic achievements, which includes awards from the Ministry of Education (MOE) for her knowledge of history and a paper she wrote about the “UAE’s Edison,” high grades and a scholarship from the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, who also invited her to give a speech at a celebration held to honor scholarship students.

As part of the Ruwad Initiative, which was designed to encourage creativity in orphans, Alyazya attended workshops in Singapore on leadership and business skills. She also volunteered at a home for the elderly.

Her entire interview, in Arabic, can be viewed here: Here

Canadian University Dubai Student Accepted to Ivy League Masters Program

DUBAI, April 19, 2017 – Student Jessica D’Silva has been accepted into the Masters in Public Health program at Brown University in the United States of America, making her one of the first students to be accepted into an Ivy League program after completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the Canadian University Dubai. D’Silva, who will be graduating with a BSc. In Health Organization Management on April 26, 2017 applied to the prestigious program in February after being attracted to its reputation as a leader in health research and its renowned public health research centers and facilities.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity,” said D’Silva. “During my time at the Canadian University Dubai I was able to work on some research into the levels of awareness of testicular cancer in the UAE, and this really inspired me to pursue a career in raising awareness of disease and health issues. Helping to write the paper was an eye opening experience that’s prepared me to tackle the kinds of research I will be doing at Brown.”

Jessica’s paper, which was done with Elizabeth Topolskay, Iqra Ghani, Abdulrahman Mohamed and Sarraj Nabeel Salih, with Dr. Rami El Khatib, , Associate Professor for the Faculty of Public Health and Health Sciences at Canadian University Dubai as mentor and under the coordination of charity Friends of Cancer Patients, was a quantitative study conducted in the UAE based on the responses of 529 residents on their general knowledge of testicular cancer and its symptoms and effect. The outcome of the paper revealed that the public is generally unfamiliar with testicular cancer and its symptoms and the importance of self-examination practices, revealing the necessity of educational campaigns targeted at improving awareness.

“Jessica has always been a dedicated and ambitious student, so I’m not surprised that she’s been accepted to Brown,” said Dr. Rami. “I’ve worked closely with her during her four years with us and I know that she will continue to excel during her Masters and beyond. I’m glad I had the chance to teach her and look forward to hearing about her success in the future.”

Another of Jessica’s instructors, visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Vanessa Lobo, said: “Jessica has been a pleasure to teach. Her academic skills, work ethic and personal sincerity are a testament to her character and ability which I am certain will be her continued ticket to success. I am so delighted to see her efforts recognized by an educational institution of such caliber, and know that she will impress them even more in person than she did on paper. I wish her all the very best and can't wait to hear stories of how she changes the world.”

Jessica will leave for Brown University in August for the beginning of the two year program. She hopes to eventually complete a PhD in Public Health and the Health Sciences.

Figure: Raneem Nageeb-The Student Counselor

The purpose of the Student Success Center (SSC) is to guide and support you through your personal and academic journey at CUD. Visit the SSC to learn how to manage your time and stress, develop optimal note-taking strategies, understand assignments, improve your math skills, or enhance your English, reading, writing, grammar, and research skills.

Workshops that promote personal development and academic success are offered throughout the semester or upon request. These range from improving study skills, academic writing skills, and exam taking skills to building higher levels of confidence and reaching your academic goals.

The SSC is a place where you can receive personal and academic support, attend valuable workshops, work on your assignments, find resources, and prepare for exams. Academic success is about knowing the right strategies and having the right skills, and we’re here to help you succeed! For more information, email SuccessCenter@cud.ac.ae.

Personal Counseling

Creating and maintaining a healthy balance between your academics and personal life can be a stressful experience. Our Student Counselor is here to guide you through this process and help you overcome challenges, find clarity, build resilience, and reach your goals. She has professional experience and training and is committed to a strengths-based, solution-focused, and multicultural approach to allow you to fully benefit from your university experience and become the best version of yourself.

Common issues university students face include stress, anxiety, time-management, motivation, self-esteem, life transitions, and identity development. With personal counselling, you are given a safe and nonjudgmental environment to discuss, understand, and effectively handle these issues, and any others. While counselling is offered, referrals are provided if further or long-term services are needed.

All sessions are strictly confidential.

Academic Accommodations/Accessibility Services

At Canadian University Dubai, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for students of determination and students with disabilities. If you have a documented physical disability, psychological condition, learning difficulty, chronic illness, or other barrier to your learning, you are eligible for academic accommodations.

We work closely and with absolute confidentiality with students to accommodate their individual needs and ensure they have equal opportunity to reach their maximum potential. Academic accommodations include exam scheduling and time limit extensions, note-taking support, learning resources, and a distraction-reduced environment. These are handled on a case-by-case basis that takes into account the student’s unique needs and the course or programme learning objectives.

March 25th, 2015: Raha Moharrak, the youngest Arab and the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest, has revealed how her father's refusal to allow her to take on the immense challenge fuelled her determination to succeed. Raha was speaking among a line-up of inspiring women at a recent event to celebrate International Women's Day, held at Canadian University Dubai (CUD).

Speaking of her childhood growing up in Jeddah, Raha described how she felt the walls of gender rising up around her, and how she had always yearned for adventure, but was increasingly aware that, in the eyes of many, the colour of her passport was going to dictate her capabilities.

"Ultimately I found myself at a crossroads - marriage or adventure - and at that point I chose to listen to my heart and follow my dream", she revealed, "But it was only when my father told me 'no' that I knew I could actually do it. I discovered that my love of adventure exceeded my fear of rejection. I raised the courage to confront my family and eventually, they told me to go for it."

Raha's adventure first took her to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro where, after a grueling ascent, she was inspired by the landscape to take on the next leg of her momentous journey. Having climbed Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kala Pattar, Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl, she moved on to the world's highest peak, simply because, she says, 'I believed I could do it', and in 2013 she stood shoulder to shoulder with a group of men on the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first Saudi woman to reach the top of the world.

The Women's Day event, organized to celebrate international womanhood, also heard from another inspiring Saudi female, Summer Nasief, who, as a healthcare and life sciences executive, has recently been ranked number 47 amongst the Most Powerful Arab Women of 2015. Drawing on her life experiences, including becoming the first female executive for IBM in Saudi Arabia, she assured the audience of young women and men that, with the right tools and attitude, anything is attainable.

Alongside the two inspiring life stories, representatives of the University community provided their own perspectives on the past and future of womanhood. Students Asma Ghanem and Lavender Sheshe profiled a range of inspiring UAE women from Olympic athletes Latifa Al Maktoum and Sheikha Maitha Al Maktoum, to the first woman appointed to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi.

Student Kazem Aboudan paid his own tribute to womankind through a recital of his self-penned poetry, while the event culminated with a spectacular celebration of fashion as ladies from a whole spectrum of nationalities took to the stage in a colorful display that celebrated their traditional dress.


As the table shows above, women are working in different sectors of the university academic administration and faculty positions. The different positions starts from the president’s office , assistant, executive assistant, HR director and performance management specialist.