Canadian University Dubai Partners with University of Prince Edward Island to offer Unique Dual Degree Program in Environment and Climate Change
January 9th, 2019: In an exciting and innovative extension to its existing transfer arrangements with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has signed an agreement that will enable students in the UAE to complete a unique dual degree program combining environmental studies and climate change.
The agreement, which was signed recently by CUD Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, and President and Vice Chancellor of UPEI, Dr. Alaa Abd El-Aziz, allows students to undertake two years’ study in CUD’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management program and then transfer to Canada where they can complete their studies in environment and climate change at UPEI. The student can also finish their degree in Dubai and graduate with a dual recognition.
This new collaboration will further cement CUD’s ties with the Maritime Province’s premier higher education institution and lays the foundations for the development of a co-degree combining environmental studies, environmental sciences and climate change, which students could complete either in Dubai or in Canada.
Established in 1969, UPEI has developed a growing reputation as a leader in education, research, innovation and academic excellence. The institution is among several Universities in Canada that hold a general partnership agreement with CUD, providing for a range of different collaboration opportunities, including student transfer and further education.
The initiative will also advance CUD’s strategic approach to supporting the UAE National Climate Change Plan, which calls for the reorientation and upgrading of higher education curricula to prepare the future workforce for the green economy.
On signing the agreement, CUD Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, said that at a time when climate change was a major issue for our world, the introduction of this innovative UPEI program to the University’s existing Environmental Studies portfolio would offer students an exciting new career pathway and enhance CUD’s reputation as an institution committed to providing relevant educational opportunities for society in the 21st Century.
Speaking after the ceremony, Dr. Alaa said this agreement was a wonderful opportunity for Dubai students to come to Canada and experience the welcoming atmosphere of a Canadian Institution, where they would immediately feel at home. Reflecting on his own experience of CUD, where he is always warmly received, he added that students from Canada who wished to study at CUD would feel the same.