Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and global professional services firm KPMG have come together to collaborate on new educational, training and research initiatives as part of a recent agreement established between the two organizations.
The agreement aims to further bridge the gap between academia and the local business community by facilitating joint development and delivery of education and training services for professional learners, as well as supporting collaborative research initiatives that are relevant to the regional business environment.
The collaboration was sealed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Ms. Tasneem Lakdawalla, Partner, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited, and Dr. Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai. Also present at the signing ceremony were Ms. Judit Karfner, Associate Director, KPMG, and senior faculty and staff members from CUD.
Under the MoU, the two organizations will explore the creation of a KPMG Academy within the University, to provide a platform for the development of a comprehensive catalogue of professional training solutions.
The agreement will help to enhance CUD’s current corporate training portfolio, which provides standard and tailor-made programs across a wide range of professional disciplines, for business and government sector clients in the UAE and beyond. For KPMG, the new collaboration will help to provide the academic framework and infrastructure to reinforce its continual professional education agenda.
Speaking on behalf of KPMG, Ms. Lakdawalla said that the partnership would draw upon the expertise of the two organizations to bring out mutual benefit for the business and academic communities.
On behalf of CUD, Dr. Chelli commented, “We feel privileged to embark on this collaboration, which will impact learners at every level throughout the University. The applied knowledge and practical experience that KPMG brings to the partnership will enable us to provide a holistic learning experience and further harmonize our curriculum with the needs of the business world.”