Dr. Wided Dafri's and Dr. Rami El Khatib's Teams Make It to Finals

DUBAI, MAY 14, 2017 - Three undergraduate teams from Canadian University Dubai made it to the finals of the recent UAE Undergraduate Research Competition (URC).   Two teams from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and one team from the School of Communication and Media Studies participated in the finals, which took place on May 8, 2017 under the patronage of His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and with sponsorship from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

Rabiatu Baba Shehu and Halima Baba Shehu presented their research on “Green Networking a Way to Increase Recycling Awareness” under the category: Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering, while Elizabeth Topolskay, Iqra Ghani, Jessica D’Silva and Abdulrahman Mohamed presented their findings on “Testing The Level of Awareness on Testicular Cancer Among the UAE Residents” under the category: Public & Environmental Health.  The two teams were supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Rami El Khatib.

“I’m very pleased with the level and quality of research our students presented,” said Dr. Rami. “The judges were very impressed and I hope they continue their work on these topics for the benefit of public and community health.”

Under the category: Communication and Public Relations, Mais Baghdadi and Wissam Alshaty, presented their research into “Strategic Planning of Public Relations Departments in Academic Institutions to Attract International Students with Canadian University Dubai as a Case Study.” They were supervised by Assistant Professor Dr. Wided Dafri.

“Mais and Wissam’s research was the only Arabic language paper accepted by the committee,” said Dr. Wided. “So I’m very proud of them for their efforts and I look forward to seeing how this experience affects their interest in future education and research.”

“We had one judge who questioned us about our paper in Arabic,” said Wissam. “He was surprised by our topic, because many of the other teams had focused on things like social media and sports, while ours was strategic.   He asked a lot of hard questions, but I think we impressed him.”

The three teams received positive comments and remarks from the judging panels and were encouraged to continue their work on these topics.  All students and their supervisors received certificates for participating in the final stages of the competition, having successfully made it through the two previous tiers.