5.6.7 Does your university as a body have measurement/tracking of women’s likelihood of graduating compared to men’s, and schemes in place to close any gap?

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.

Blind student Dana graduated with Canadian University Dubai's first cohort last week and continues to aim high, serving as an inspiration to peers.

Dubai: Dana Nashawati lost her sight at age 13. However, a misfortune that would have crushed most teenagers, only served to fuel her drive to succeed, and succeed she has.

Nashawati, now 23, graduated with an undergraduate honours degree in business administration and human resource management with the first cohort from the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) last week.

As most of her peers stressed about exams and assignment deadlines, Nashawati took it upon herself to hold down a full-time job while reading for her degree part-time.

"I had to change my schedule for the last year of university to work on weekends and attend university during the week," she said. "It was extremely hard and took a lot of patience and encouragement and support from my parents." She has been working for Emirates airlines Skywards as a senior customer service agent since the age of 19 when she was in her last year of secondary school.

The straight-A student's ambition of achieving an undergraduate degree was initially somewhat of a mission, but in just over three years her mission has been accomplished. "It was hard to find a university to accept me with my condition," she said. "Most of the institutions I initially approached refused me because they didn't have the right facilities."

CUD accepted Nashawati on a trial basis, but as all went well, became ever more helpful in facilitating her academic success.

"They offered me a scanner, which allowed me to convert papers into word documents to be able to study via a screen reader," she said. "I'd previously tried learning Braille but got depressed; I used to read a whole sentence in minutes but with Braille it took the same time to read one word."