CUD Business Professors Nominated for Top Global Educators Award

January 18th, 2016: Professors of Human Resource Management, Dr. Rommel Sergio and Dr. Maria Jade Catalan Opulencia, from the School of Business Administration at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have both been named among the nominees for the 2016 Global Top 50 Educators Award, due to be presented in the UK later this year.

Conferred by the Oxford Journal, an international journal of business and economics, the Top 50 Educators Award recognizes outstanding professors who demonstrate dedication to the success of their students, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Oxford Journal is an important outlet for theoretical and empirical research contributions for leading scholars and practitioners in the field of business. Among its editorial board are faculty representing renowned institutions such as Stanford University, London School of Economics, Columbia University and the National University of Singapore.

According to the Journal’s Editor, Atul Gupta, those shortlisted for the prestigious Top 50 Award are role models for excellence in education. He said, “Nominees of the Global Top 50 Educators Award are lauded for their ability to motivate students to strive academically and help students reach heights they did not believe they could achieve.”

Based on their exceptional commitment to higher education, Drs. Sergio and Opulencia will now go on to demonstrate their unique teaching techniques, alongside other esteemed professors from around the world, during the final phase of selection at Cambridge University in July.

Dr. Sergio already has a number of academic accolades to his name, having won the titles of Outstanding Asian Faculty at the Education Leadership Awards and Outstanding World Researcher Award at the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in 2014.

Of his most recent success, Dr. Sergio said, “Being nominated by a top-brass research journal in the UK, facilitated by a pool of academic gurus in the US, is indeed an honor for a faculty like me. The nomination stems from being a researcher and at the same time being lauded for classroom instructional methods to further motivate students to strive and achieve academically. This citation motivates me to go the extra mile in teaching and in research.”

Dr. Opulencia, who has more than 27 years’ experience in higher education teaching, research and administration, has already presented her work at Cambridge University during the 2014 Cambridge Business & Economics Conference and, along with her co- author, also presented a paper at Oxford University during the 2015 Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium.

She was among a team of authors who won the Best Paper Award at last year’s Canadian-American Conference for Academic Disciplines in Toronto, Canada for their research entitled, “Imperative Analysis of Management Practices and Business Work Ethics: Impact on Quality of Work Life Among Employees in United Arab Emirates.” In addition, and along with Dr. Sergio, she collected the same accolade for the paper, “What is the Value of Soft Skills? Emotional Intelligence and Work Values in a Global Work Environment”, at the 9th annual Conference on Business Administration, sponsored by the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

Speaking about her nomination Dr. Opulencia said, “I am deeply honored to have been nominated for the 2016 Oxford Journal Global Top 50 Educators Award. The nomination will serve as a great inspiration to continue to deliver extraordinary effort and motivation in my teaching. I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to my students, superiors, officials, and the entire CUD community for their unwavering support.”