eomen’s mentoring schemes, in which at least 10% of female students participate

CUD provides women with different schemes, activities and resources to highlight their role in different fields that are not valued, for CUD women deserve an essential role in the labor and social field, the university promotes and empowers women in fields such as entrepreneurship, research, creation of new ideas and leadership, this can be seen reflected below:

Canadian University Dubai is a research-oriented institution, with a broad portfolio of academic publications and expertise. Across our seven academic Schools – Architecture & Design; Business Administration; Communication and Media Studies; Engineering & Applied Science & Technology; Environment & Health Sciences; Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Graduate Studies – the University has made significant research contributions across a range of disciplines. This unit strongly supports women in all fields of research with the purpose of highlighting their figure and demonstrating their importance at a national and international level through competitions and different activities that have the purpose of empowering women in the labor and social fields.

The initiatives and research projects carried out at the Canadian University of Dubai aim to:

  • To provide a means of reaching out to student communities, industry professionals, and the broader business community, and to increase Canadian awareness of the great opportunities offered by research at the University of Dubai to address local and global challenges

  • Encourage and facilitate broad multidisciplinary participation and interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Create a web-based repository of resources to facilitate research, education, and outreach to the student community

  • Stimulate industry, business, and community interest and investment in university research by demonstrating how academic research can drive business growth and innovation

  • Give more importance to women in research fields to highlight their important role in society

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A paper by Dr. Naveed Yasin, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Management at Canadian University Dubai, titled ‘Assessing the Enterprising Tendencies of Arab Female Undergraduate Engineering Students’ has been accepted for publication in ‘Industry and Higher Education’, a UK journal indexed in ABS and Scopus.

The paper assesses the entrepreneurship characteristics of first-year undergraduate female chemical engineering students. Pre- and post-surveys were conducted among 27 respondents from an entrepreneurship boot camp module as mandated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). According to Dr. Naveed, the variables were statistically measured to assess the need for achievement, autonomy, creativity, risk-taking, and locus of control on the enterprising behaviours of students.

This was followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews that were examined using Thematic Analysis approach. The comparison between students’ enterprise tendencies indicates improvements in their entrepreneurial abilities and understandings of entrepreneurial behaviour. The most noticeable impact was on students’ risk-taking abilities, followed by creativity, need for achievement, need for control and lastly, their need for autonomy. Speaking about his research, Dr. Naveed Yasin said, “The value of this paper provides initial exploration and insights towards the enterprising characteristics among an empirically under-explored demographic and non-business group.”

He also mentioned that he is currently working on developing a similar program of research at CUD in collaboration with a colleague from Canada.

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Canadian University Dubai students of Communication and Media Studies were tasked during the month of September to come up with new ideas on how to innovate and become successful entrepreneurs. As such, students were asked to wear the “Entrepreneur in the Making” cap, decorated with pink bows and designed to encourage young female students to consider entrepreneurship as an employment choice. The caps also celebrate female entrepreneurship and are meant to encourage young female students to consider their dreams and how to conceptualize them.

The labels on the caps were created in collaboration with the Ryerson University 3D printing lab and can be recreated via digital printing. When considering that everybody can be an entrepreneur – no matter the budget, Canadian University Dubai sought to form a partnership with Ryerson with a view to delivering Degrees in Creative Industries here in the UAE in the near future modeled on the already successful Creative Industries program at Ryerson. By introducing new programs, technologies and awareness campaigns the University will develop well-balanced youth who dream and act big. As part of the agreement with Ryerson, CUD will establish a Business Incubation Unit which will encourage and mentor budding entrepreneurs within the University.

To date, women entrepreneurs are still few in numbers however with the changes in perception and attitudes towards gender roles; women all across the UAE and the world are celebrating great success through their innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities. In line with this, students are tasked within the scope of their class activities, to examine their attitudes towards female entrepreneurship especially in UAE society. The results of this indicated a generally positive reaction throughout the country towards women entrepreneurs due to the country's unique culture however many deterrents still exist either due to a combination of lack of funding or knowledge.

Through this incubator, female entrepreneurs are afforded the opportunity to start off small and therefore not have to depend on external finance women gradually building their brand in a safe and secure environment. It is worth noting that one factor that might deter women from starting their own business is a lack of confidence stemming from the belief that the entrepreneurial life is a difficult and unsteady one. Formation of self-help groups where their peers would be able to help them was a good way to ease into it.

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Men and women from the student, academic and business communities joined the debate on violence against women at an event hosted by Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to coincide with an international day of recognition on the issue. The conference heard from speakers across a range of subjects relating to different forms and perspectives of abuse, and conveyed positive messages about how both men and women can act against this form of violence. Opening the debate, Dr. Louise Lambert, Assistant Professor at CUD, spoke about social responsibility in the context of abuse; emphasizing that people should consider violence that might be inflicted on those around them as well as themselves, whether they are known to them or not.

Youth Coach and Columnist at The National, Khaled Al Ameri, continued with his own insights from a male perspective, discussing his recent article entitled, "We all need to stand up when we see harassment." Khaled shared how learning how to respectfully treat women was an important feature of his childhood. CUD student Nada Mataar went on to speak about the problems of human trafficking and how people can fall victim to such activities, while Elizabeth Topolskaya spoke on the subject of financial abuse and busted myths about women's spending and saving habits, encouraging all ladies to have their own bank account and financial independence.

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Students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have heard from some of the region’s most inspiring women about how they made it to the top of their professions at the Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit held recently in Dubai.

The five female student, who themselves have demonstrated their leadership qualities within the University community, heard from a diverse group of prominent business women, including Her Excellency Ameera Bin Karam, Chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council; Her Excellency Maryam Al Suwaidi, Deputy CEO of the Licensing, Supervision & Enforcement Securities and Commodities Authority; and Nisreen Shocair, President of Virgin Megastore, Middle East.

Now in its second year, the event brought together existing and emerging leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the obstacles and opportunities for women in society and to share their inspiring personal stories of success.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) Assistant Professor Jeanette Teh has revealed that 'double standards and gender stereotypes' are still significant barriers to women's progression in the workplace, in a recent article published by industry magazine, Gulf Business. The opinion piece, entitled "Held To Higher Standards: Why The Glass Ceiling Still Exists", is the latest in a series of commentaries by professor Teh to feature in the leading business publication. In it she discusses the recent research findings issued by American independent research organization, Pew Research Center, on the subject of 'Women in Leadership'.

"The findings were interesting," reveals professor Teh, "While the American public generally felt women were equally capable as leaders, women were held to a higher standard than men and these gender stereotypes will continue to prevent true equality." She continues, "While men were perceived to be stronger at risk-taking and negotiating profitable deals, women were seen by the majority as being more compassionate and organized. Female business leaders were also generally seen as better at compromising, being honest and ethical, mentoring, and providing fair pay than their male counterparts.

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Canadian University Dubai students have started a campaign called #SheforShe, which aims to not only draw attention to the popular global campaign #HeforShe, but also aims to highlight the need for women to support each other in order to achieve their goals for gender equality. The students, who are both male and female, decided to start the campaign as part of their Media Impact class with Dr. Franziska Apprich.

During a class discussion the students realized that there are large gaps when it comes to women helping women achieve their goals. “There’s a lot of negative energy between women,” explains student Ulla Al-Jabri. “In many ways we put each other down through judgement, competition, nasty comments, and we don’t support each other to achieve our goals. #HeforShe is great, but it we felt that it also needed to encompass women supporting women”.

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As part of CUD’s community engagement, we have teamed up with the LINK Organization. The LINK,’ is a non-profit UAE initiative providing an active community platform where women from different ages and backgrounds can find support to advance professionally and to share workplace challenges, After hosting the Induction Session, CUD has started its sixth cohort of the Programme.

Professors from the University including Ms. Orsi, Dr. Louise, Ms. Dima and Dr. Fran have offered their services as Mentors and are then matched up through the LINK organization who then allocates them to Mentees according to their needs. The LINK aims to empower women through learning and developmental initiatives, nurturing female talent and strengthening their leadership capacity. Ultimately, the LINK’s vision is to encourage and support women in different stages of their lives and careers.

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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 road to leadership at a recent workshop hosted by Canadian University Dubai in collaboration with coaching and consulting firm, Global Minds. Introducing the first step of a six-stage initiative that supports and empowers women to explore their full potential and become mindful leaders, Ms. Suraya Turk, Coach and Founder of Global Minds, encouraged the audience to challenge conventions, learn about themselves and take responsibility for their own destiny. Throughout the interactive session, Ms. Turk demonstrated how - having a purpose and a vision - the human mind could change direction, and even 'un-learn' certain notions that might ultimately be the barriers to progress and success. Citing examples of inspirational women across generations, including the late Benazir Bhutto, Malala Yousafzi, and Oprah Winfrey, Ms. Turk challenged the participants to overcome their doubts and fears and commit to a purpose, as the initial step on their pathway to leadership.

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Students, faculty and staff at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have been celebrating the power of women and girls at TEDxDeiraWomen, an independently organized event sponsored by the University and hosted by Dubai Chamber. Under the theme ‘It’s About Time’, the gathering was held to coincide with the global TEDWomen conference that took place in San Francisco. TEDWomen is a three-day event that brings together a global community to discuss and celebrate the power of women and girls.

TEDxDeiraWomen is a gender-neutral initiative, encouraging both female and male participants to engage and to bring forward a balanced and open debate. The motivation behind the event was to provide a platform for those men and women who are making positive changes to share their experiences and give the audience an opportunity to learn as well as exchange ideas. Emcee for the day’s program of debat was Sustain Leadership co-founder, Hanane Benkhallouk.

The CUD delegation first heard from keynote speaker, Consul Gwendolyn ‘Wendy’ Green, from the United States Consulate General in Dubai. Proceedings continued with a sequence of thought-provoking talks by nine speakers, some of whom came in from as far as Tokyo, New York and London. Talks were split up into three sessions and topics under discussion included battling depression, living up to societal expectations, the impact of role models, changing mental perceptions, male privilege, relationships, healing childhood wounds and risk.

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Dr. Louise Lambert, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Ethics at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) advised people facing sexual harassment in the workplace to ‘speak up’ and report the matter to concerned authorities when they feel the ‘line has been crossed’. Speaking at a workshop on ‘Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ at the university on the eve of International Women’s Day, Dr. Lambert gave an overview of common examples of sexual harassment, common responses, ways of extricating oneself from a situation and the role of HR in handling such issues.

Focusing mainly on student-faculty cases of sexual harassment, she recommended taking a firm line from the start when contracted with ‘unwanted attention’ by way of emails, looks, phone calls, notes, gestures, touch or presence beyond the necessary. “It is important to speak up. If a student is inappropriate with faculty, the right approach is to demonstrate who the boss is.

If the harassment persists, it should be reported. It is also important to document and keep records of emails and other evidence, as such cases may escalate,” she said. Dr. Louise also underlined the role of HR in creating an environment in which victims will be heard and believed and the case resolved. This should be backed up by proper policies and complaint mechanisms, code of conduct and awareness programs. In some cases, disciplinary action should be taken to resolve particular cases. The audience, comprised of faculty and students, raised a number of pertinent issues particularly those prevailing in a university environment and recounted their experiences in facing cases of sexual harassment.

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Two students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have embarked on the exclusive Women@Dior Mentorship Program, a coveted professional development opportunity that aims to boost the skills of talented young women to prepare them for a career in creative leadership. The selection of Noura Itani and Leen Sharif among 200 students from ten international cities reflects the growing prominence of Dubai on the global creative industries landscape. This rising stature will receive a further boost with the upcoming launch of CUD’s suite of creative degree programs, developed and delivered in partnership with the world-renowned Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University, Canada.

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.”

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The Dubai Real Estate Institute and The Impact Hub Dubai have announced the fifth round of the enterprise competition, Emirati Launchpad, at a recent presentation to students at Canadian University Dubai (CUD).

Emirati Launchpad is an initiative designed to motivate and encourage young Emirati entrepreneurs with a new business concept to pitch their idea and potentially launch their business. The seven week program focuses on ideating, validating, prototyping and reiterating participant’s business assumptions to define and refine a viable value proposition. In the final week, participants are invited to The Crowdfunding Pitch Competition where they get the opportunity to transform their idea into reality.

The main objective of the program is to motivate and inspire the younger generation of UAE Nationals to think outside the box and allow them to implement their business ideas through workshops, mentoring and community engagement.

The Impact Hub provides participants with entrepreneurial workshops led by an international facilitation team, 24/7 workspace access and an unrivalled networking platform, offering facilitated discussions with peers, partners, investors. Participants also have access to coaching and mentoring on self-development.

Dr. Katia Vianou Assistant Professor in the School of Communications & Media Studies said, “I think the Impact Hub Dubai and the Dubai Real Estate Institute have created excellent conditions for supporting the success of young Emirati entrepreneurs. We wanted to ensure that the students who have great business ideas and the audacity to transform them into reality could benefit from this opportunity.”

Student Eman Al Madan added, “The program helped me develop my business plan and initiate contact with the right people for my business. I've attended other workshops before but none of them have been as effective as Emirati Launchpad.”

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The challenges posed by city sprawl were the subject of an intensive week of debate and action planning for a group of students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) who took part in a recent event to introduce young people to the principles and practices of leading change in global society.

The Global Leader Experience, led by UK-based leadership development organization, Common Purpose, was hosted by DP World and brought together university students from across the UAE in an invaluable experience that saw them receive guidance and mentoring from leading business executives as they worked through the four-day challenge.

Members of the CUD delegation, which included Finance and Accounting student Adnan Marei, and Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication major, George Bandak, were first assigned to groups, where they were then introduced to the project brief.

Adnan explained, "Our challenge was to consider a global problem - city sprawl - from a local perspective. We had to look at our own environment, local businesses, transport and service providers, and come up with solutions that could be implemented to deal with the issue here in Dubai."

George continued, "The process allowed us to undertake emersion visits, to meet with some of the key organizations who would be involved in addressing the challenges, such as the RTA and metro operators Cerco, to discuss the main issues and potential solutions."

Throughout the process the students benefitted from the mentoring expertise of senior business executives from private sector organizations, who shared their expertise in a range of areas including investment, operations, HR, media and business development. The teams were also supported by academic mentors and were guided in the development of their solutions by representatives from host organization, DP World.

Both Adnan and George took the opportunity to lead their teams in stakeholder discussions, and by day four, the groups had worked up sets of recommendations proposing concepts ranging from integrated transport systems and greenbelt development, to the creation of self-sufficient comminutes supported by remote services such as distance learning and online shopping.

CUD Business School Professor, Jeanette Teh, was one of the academic mentors for the program. She said, "The interaction with and receiving feedback on their ideas from business professionals, many of whom were high-level executives, from diverse industries was an unparalleled learning experience for our students."

For Adnan, it was an extremely challenging but rewarding four days. He said, "The process pushed us to our limits on a daily basis; it has helped me progress as a leader, as well as developing my skills in presentation, critical-thinking and relationship building."

Speaking of his own reflections on the event, George concluded, "This program was an extremely valuable lesson in leadership. I learnt that leading is not about speaking for your team members, but about supporting each of them to bring forward their ideas and uniting them in a common direction."

On graduating from the program, the CUD participants joined a 50,000 strong worldwide alumni association, and gained access to the Common Purpose Massive Online Innovation Community - an international platform allowing them to connect with likeminded people across the globe.

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A paper by Dr. Naveed Yasin, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Management at Canadian University Dubai, titled ‘Assessing the Enterprising Tendencies of Arab Female Undergraduate Engineering Students’ has been accepted for publication in ‘Industry and Higher Education’, a UK journal indexed in ABS and Scopus.

The paper assesses the entrepreneurship characteristics of first-year undergraduate female chemical engineering students. Pre- and post-surveys were conducted among 27 respondents from an entrepreneurship boot camp module as mandated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

According to Dr. Naveed, the variables were statistically measured to assess the need for achievement, autonomy, creativity, risk-taking, and locus of control on the enterprising behaviours of students. This was followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews that were examined using Thematic Analysis approach. The comparison between students’ enterprise tendencies indicates improvements in their entrepreneurial abilities and understandings of entrepreneurial behaviour. The most noticeable impact was on students’ risk-taking abilities, followed by creativity, need for achievement, need for control and lastly, their need for autonomy.

Speaking about his research, Dr. Naveed Yasin said, “The value of this paper provides initial exploration and insights towards the enterprising characteristics among an empirically under-explored demographic and non-business group.” He also mentioned that he is currently working on developing a similar program of research at CUD in collaboration with a colleague from Canada.

Before joining the Canadian University Dubai in August 2019, Dr. Naveed had been teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation over the past 10 years in UK and Oman.

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Tec novation offers young women around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Participants will develop a diverse set of skills including leadership, innovation and problem-solving skills. They will also acquire coding skills to ensure an increase in the number of women involved in the Tech Industry over the next few decades. Tec novation is available to girls aged from 10 to 18 who learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem. They will then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. Regional Ambassadors, Karen Renao Owens and Dr. Hind Zantout carried out a training session for individuals who will be mentoring participants taking part in the initiative.

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