Medy Navani, founder and creative director of Design Haus Medy (DHM) will be mentoring the students of Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and preparing them to succeed in the design industry. Navani signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr Mohammed Djeddi, vice president of academic affairs at CUD.

The partnership resonates with and bolsters the values of both parties to ensure graduates are equipped with the future requirements of the employment market, breaking the boundaries between academics, and industry and allowing the university to act as an incubator.

Navani said it was an honour to partner with the leading Dubai university and through the collaboration, offer CUD students access to real-world insights and experience within the world of architecture and interior design, whilst further supporting the future workforce with valuable industry knowledge as they prepared for their careers.

“I feel privileged to be a part of shaping the next generation of interior designers and architects in partnership with Canadian University Dubai. Both myself and the DHM team is passionate about contributing to the future of our industry by pushing the current students within our field to think outside the box and offer eye-opening new experiences that contribute towards their future success. We have our sights set on achieving great things together with CUD,” Navani said.

Prof Karim Chelli, president and vice chancellor, CUD, described the collaboration as “in line with the university’s ongoing mission to collaborate with UAE-based businesses of excellence”, to ensure its students were best prepared to pursue opportunities in their chosen fields.

Navani has also been appointed to the CUD Corporate Advisory Board for the Departments of Architecture and Interior Design, where he will consult as an industry expert to enhance the current curriculum syllabus for interior design and architecture.