Six CUD Students Selected for Coveted Women@dior Program

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.”