• Licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education
  • Accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation
  • Program accreditations from industry bodies
  • QS Ranked 42nd in the Arab Region, 8th in the UAE
  • International accreditations: IAA, PRSA
  • Leading industry certifications: CIMA, CFA, ACCA

Institutional Licensure & Program Accreditation

Canadian University Dubai is licensed to award degrees by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. In addition, all of our degree granting programs are accredited by the Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs through the Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Regional Ranking

Canadian University Dubai has been ranked 42nd overall and 8th in the UAE, based on the 2020 QS Ranking for the Arab Region. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking system is recognized among the world’s most respected university rankings.

Professional Accreditations

Our academic programs are designed to prepare students for professional practice in their chosen field. This focus on employability skills has attracted industry recognition from leading international professional bodies, outlined below. Canadian University Dubai's accredited programs have also been listed on the International Program Accreditation Portal (IPAP) by the UAE Ministry of Education.

The IPAP is a public portal that provides information on the Strategic National KPI that measures the percentage of nationally accredited undergraduate programs that have received an additional accreditation by a recognized international body.

International Advertising Association

IAA Accreditaiton

CUD is among an elite group of education institutions around the world to be awarded the prestigious certificate of accreditation from the International Advertising Association (IAA). New graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Advertisement specialization will receive the IAA Certificate of Completion, in addition to a wide range of professional development opportunities exclusive to the IAA.

Public Relations Association of America

PRSA Accreditation

CUD is one of small number of North American and international institutions, and the first and only one in the MENA region, to be accredited by the Public Relations Association of America (PRSA) for its Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Public Relations program.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


Students of the BBA in Accounting and Finance program can obtain exemptions from eight of the exams that lead to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Qualification, and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Those majoring in Marketing, e-Business or Human Resource Management can obtain five exemptions, with other exemptions available for MBA graduates.

Chartered Financial Analyst Affiliate Program


CUD is also an affiliated university of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This affiliation indicates that the curriculum of our BBA in Accounting and Finance program is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams.



Students graduating with a BBA in Accounting and Finance between January 1st, 2021 and December 31st, 2025, will receive a total of seven exemptions in the professional ACCA examination papers, specifically those related to applied knowledge and applied skills. Find out more here and explore the ACCA exemptions calculator for the exempted ACCA examination papers.