University in Dubai (QS World University Rankings 2025)
for International Faculty Worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2025)
for International Students Worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2025)
in the Arab Region (QS Arab Region Rankings 2024)
University Worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2025)
  • Five-Star Status (QS Stars University Rating System)
  • Ranked among the top 3 universities in the UAE according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024
  • 18 Programs and over 30 Majors/Concentrations Accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA)
  • Licensed by the Ministry of Education – United Arab Emirates
  • Licensed by the Ministry of Education – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Regional affiliation: AArU (Association of Arab Universities)
  • International Program Accreditation/Certification: CIMA, CFA, ACCA, IAA, PRSA, PRME, ECO Canada, SHRM & ICAEW

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.


Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has maintained its #1 rank in Dubai, according to the recent QS University Rankings for 2024.

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking system is recognized among the world’s most respected university rankings.

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

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.

IAA Accreditaiton

International Advertising Association

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.

PRSA Accreditation

Public Relations Society of America

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 Society 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 Institute

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.


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

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 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (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.



Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture, BSc in Architectural Studies, and BSc in Interior Design programs benefit from our Authorized Academic Partner with Autodesk, a global leader in design and make technology. For over four decades, Autodesk has worked to transform how things are made. Their solutions currently span countless industries, empowering innovators to combine technologies in new ways, unleash talent, and unlock insights to make the new possible.

Association of Arab Universities

Association of Arab Universities

CUD is proud to join the Association of Arab Universities (AArU) as active member, that works to support and connect institutions for higher learning in the Arab world, as well as enhance cooperation among them. The non-governmental organization includes 280 Arab universities at present, 12 of which are located in the United Arab Emirates.

Eco Canada

Environmental Careers Organization of Canada

CUD’s BSc in Environmental Health Management meets the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada's (ECO Canada) international standard of excellence in environmental practice, aligning with the growing labour market needs of the global environmental workforce. This International Post-Secondary Environmental Program Accreditation recognizes CUD for our commitment to high-quality education, accountability, and public trust.

Principles for Responsible Management Education

Principles for Responsible Management Education

CUD is a proud member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a world-wide initiative of the United Nations Global Compact to promote responsible and sustainable management education that includes 850 leading business and management schools across 95 countries.

CUD’s BBA HRM aligned with SHRM since 2020

Society for Human Resource Management

CUD has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the alignment of our BBA in Human Resource Management with SHRM’s Human Resources (HR) Curriculum Guidebook and Templates since 2020. Globally, over 400 programs in approximately 375 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM for their alignment with its guidelines and templates that define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by undergraduate and graduate HR students. The guidelines are part of SHRM’s academic initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help them develop degree programs that follow these standards.

International Association of Universities

International Association of Universities

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined the International Association of Universities (IAU), further demonstrating our commitment to growing our global network of institutional partners and facilitating our education and applied research development to enhance our academic and cultural exchanges.

AACSB International (AACSB)

AACSB International (AACSB)

CUD is a member of AACSB International (AACSB). AACSB, a global nonprofit association, connects educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and learning and development services to over 1,900 member organizations and more than 1,000 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB's accreditation processes are ISO 9001:2015 certified.