Two students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have embarked on the exclusive Women@Dior Mentorship Program, a coveted professional development opportunity that aims to boost the skills of talented young women to prepare them for a career in creative leadership.
The selection of Noura Itani and Leen Sharif among 200 students from ten international cities reflects the growing prominence of Dubai on the global creative industries landscape. This rising stature will receive a further boost with the upcoming launch of CUD’s suite of creative degree programs, developed and delivered in partnership with the world-renowned Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University, Canada.
Alongside counterparts from cities including London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the two CUD students have benefited from one-on-one career advice, guidance and mentoring from a dedicated Christian Dior employee, as well as enjoying a study visit to Dior’s global headquarters in Paris.
Speaking about her experience, Noura said, “The Women@Dior Mentorship Program is more than just a typical mentoring scheme, it’s a fully-rounded personal and career development opportunity. It genuinely seeks to help young women, who have the talent and skills to become leaders in today’s world, to actually achieve their ambition and to unlock their full potential.
“The trip to Paris was an amazing experience and a great learning opportunity; we even met with renowned designer Maria Grazia Chiuri who shared her insights and inspirations. The whole initiative has made me more aware of my strengths and weaknesses and I have been consciously working to improve with the help of my mentor. I know that I have been able to grow as a person and a young professional too.”
An announcement earlier this year from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, signalled the launch of a new Creative Industries Contributions Index.
Brian Banford, Chief Advancement Officer at CUD, commented, “This recognition at the highest level shows that the creative sector is one of high economic return in the UAE, presenting outstanding opportunities for young professionals entering the industry in both production and executive roles.
“Through initiatives such as Women@Dior and academic programs like those launching at CUD, the foundations are being laid to feed all important talent into this fast growing, high-value industry.”