DUBAI, June 14, 2017 - Canadian University Dubai held a special Iftar dinner to honor the winners of the University’s 1st Graduate Student Research Poster Competition (GSRPC) at the Shangri La hotel Dubai on June 12, 2017. Fourteen Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s in Information Technology and Governance (MITGOV) students were recognized for their research papers into areas as diverse as the Volkswagen scandal and it’s lasting effect on the company to what customers look for when choosing airlines in the region.
Tinashe Kamushinda was awarded gold for his paper titled: “Assessment on Intangible Assets in Volkswagen Before and After the EPA Scandal,” while Alia Abdulla and Noora Al Suwaidi were awarded silver for their paper on aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing. Also awarded silver for their efforts was Akash Kumar, whose paper explored, titled: “Modeling Consumer Behavior Towards Global Halal Food Products: The UAE Context” looked at the food market in the UAE.
Bronze went to four teams: Buthaina Saeed Al Hosani, Dalia Hemdan and Ferzan Abdul Majeed for their paper “Financial Leverage on Dividend Policy in Manufacturing Firms in the US;” Huda Al Suwaidi, Sara Al Muhairi and Farideh Dehghan for their research into “Effective Change Management :The Automation Project;” Manal Al Ali, Amna Alfardan and Sara Abdulla for their paper: “Measuring the Impact of the Recent Scandal on VW Performance;” and Mahak Mulani for her paper: “Determining Business Travelers’ Preferences for Airline Brands.”
In addition to the students, several members of Canadian University Dubai’s faculty were also recognized for their efforts to support and encourage the students, including: Dr. Hamoud Dekkiche, Dr. Hazim Al Nijaidi, Dr. Ikhlaas Gurrib, Dr. Farooq Haq, Dr. Stefane Mostefa, Dr. Ahmad Makki, Dr. Abdelghani Mehailia, Dr. Elgilani Eltahir Elshareif, Dr. Chris Enyinda and Dr. Anas Najdawi.
“I’m very pleased with the outcome of this competition,” said Dr. Elgilani Eltahir Elshareif, the University’s Director of the MBA and MITGOV programs. “The quality of the research produced by our students went above and beyond my expectations and truly speaks to the innovation and ambition of our graduate students. I was especially impressed with the topics they chose, as very few of them had been explored by researchers before, which means they were really on their own in terms of finding sources and gathering proof for their theories. I’m looking forward to seeing how this competition grows and develops over the coming years.”