CAIU Student Board

Est. 24 February 2021

Academic integrity is the foundation of education as it ensures the quality of the education and degree awarded, the knowledge and skills taught.  It provides transparency, acceptability and trust in the values instilled in graduates who represent the future contributors, decision makers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and world leaders of society.

The Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE (CAIU) represents a group of academics based in the UAE, who have come together to work independently and voluntarily for the benefit of the greater community.  CAIU achieves this by hosting awareness campaigns, conducting research and providing access to locally and internationally developed research tools for teachers and administrators on academic integrity.

CAIU works closely with international bodies, such as International Centre for Academic Integrity and European Network for Academic Integrity; and is recognised as a partner working in the field of ethics with ETICO (an International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP)-UNESCO web-based resource platform targeting the issue of ethics and corruption in education).

CAIU’s Student Board Rationale

CAIU recognises the important role students play in building a culture of integrity. Students are central to any activity, campaign or dialogue that is about academic integrity. CAIU values student voices, opinions and perseveres to be student-centric in its approach upholding values of academic integrity.

CAIU’s Student Board Members

CAIU’s Student Board (SB) is a sub-committee that reports directly to the Founding Board Members (FBM).

SB members are expected to be currently enrolled students at a school or university in the UAE with valid student ID.

SB’s purpose is to work as a cohesive group of think tanks from student perspective, conceptualize and support campaigns in their own campuses of CAIU events, campaigns and research work.

Chair of Student Board – Serene Regi John, Gulf Medical University, Ajman

Secretary-General – Sara Azeem Khan, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Board Member – Sruthi Ramdas, Gulf Medical University, Ajman

Board Member – Sarah Mariam Wilson, Cambridge International School Dubai

Board Member – Krista Fidelia Fernandez, Al Diyafah High School, Dubai

Board Member – Rukaiya Shabbir Topiwala, Middlesex University Dubai

Are you interested to join the Centre as a General Member? Register with us today:

Practitioners’ Series

A place where we invite faculty and researchers to share their thoughts and practices on academic integrity, assessment design, students and a whole lot more !

FIRST EPISODE | 4 November 2020

Titled “Innovative responses: new ways of tackling old problems”

Our first session was a tremendous success! Thank you to everyone who joined and participated! The panelists shared their views on what works and what has been successful in classrooms amid COVID19 emergency remote learning and online assessing.

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the recorded session:

SECOND EPISODE | 24 February 2021

Titled Including students in academic integrity conversations

How important are students to any discussion on academic integrity? What impact can student champions have on a campus’ culture of integrity? This session discusses these pertinent questions with CAIU’s newly formed Student Board and the Founding Board members

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the recorded session:

THIRD EPISODE | 6 April 2021

Titled Rethinking Assessments to uphold Integrity

If you wish to join, register here

Watch out for the next one soon!

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Student Resources

We are working to bring the student community helpful tools, tips and resources to help you understand academic integrity values, practices and more! Stay tuned!

“Why Integrity Matters”

“Essay Mills and Social License to Operate”

“I know my campus policy… or do I?”

Watch this space for more details soon!

What is plagiarism?

Remote exams, assessments, IP and integrity

Faculty Resources

We strive to provide easy resources, tool kits, best practices from around the world on academic integrity for faculty access. Stay tuned!

Toolkit to support quality assurance agencies to address academic integrity and contract cheating.

Produced by International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), June 2020

Corrupt schools, corrupt universities: what can be done?

UNESCO IIEP | Authors – Jacques Hallak, and Muriel Poisson 
Book in English and Arabic available from UNESCO on IIEP’s research into ethics and corruption in education, 2007 READ FULL TEXT

ICDL Keynote – Academic Integrity in Digital Age

Contract cheating – starting dialogue in UAE

Contract cheating case

When parents do children’s work

Are you a faculty or researcher? Would you like to share a resource with the greater community? Contact us today and we will review your submission. Based on quality of submission and copyright constraints, the resource may be shared here as open-access for all.

Get in touch today!

Active Executive Committee (AEC)

Founding Board Members (FBM) accept applications from academics and researchers from UAE to join Active Executive Committee for a period of two-years.

The Active Executive Committee (AEC) may have up to five (5) members. AEC will work directly with FBM to support strategic goals.

The first AEC will take office in 2021. Are you a faculty, teacher, staff, researcher in the UAE? Would you like to join the AEC?

Become a member and email us today to know more!

coming soon!

Founding Board Members (FBM)

Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, is an Assistant Professor of Cyber Ethics and Head of the Technology and Integrity in Academia and Beyond Research & Learning Forum at Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. She has been teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the university since 2001. 

Fellow of Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence, with over 60 publications Dr Khan has won the Teaching Excellence Award from UOWD in 2014, Turnitin Global Innovation Award 2015, Vice Chancellor’s OCTAL award from UOW in 2016 among others. Recently she was named among UAE’s 10 most influential educational leaders 2019 and won the Digital Leader Award in Education category from Khaleej Times and MIT Sloan Mgt Review’s Digital Leaders Forum, 2019. This year she was featured as one of the 2020 Global Educational Influencers for her tremendous support of the greater academic and student communities.  

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Dr. Christopher Hill is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director Doctoral Training Centre at The British University in Dubai.  Dr Hill has worked in the field of international higher education for the past decade and has extensive experience establishing and developing graduate schools in both Asia and the Middle East.  Dr Hill is an OBHE Associate, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Specialist Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and an Adjunct Researcher for the Higher Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan.

Prof. Gomathi Kadayam Guruswami has a PhD in Biochemistry from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She is Associate Dean Academics and Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University Ajman, UAE.  She has a special interest in the studying the educational environment in medical school and is passionate about promoting a culture of academic integrity and ethics in health professions students.

Dr Sreejith is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of Research Committee at Middlesex University, Dubai. He gained his BTech in Engineering from the University of Calicut (India) and his Master’s in International Business from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, before obtaining his PhD in Supply Chain Management from Middlesex University (UK). Since moving to academia from industry, he has over 30 publications in leading academic and practitioner-focused journals. For several years, he is actively involved in promoting academic integrity in UAE and wider region.

Steven came to the UAE in December 2017 in his current position as Assistant Professor of Management at Heriot-Watt University, programme director for the popular UG Bachelors of Business Administration, and member of the Heriot Watt’s academic standards committee. Steven has taken an active approach to ensure academic integrity through student engagement and delivering workshops and guidance to colleagues on contract cheating and other forms of academic misconduct. While his primary research focus is on inequalities in the workplace, Steven is expanding into academic integrity pedagogy research and welcomes any enquiry related to theory and practice.

Tim Daly is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the ZU College of Business, Dubai campus. Before undertaking his doctoral studies he worked in the tourism and market research industries. He has previously worked as an academic at the University of Akron (Ohio, USA), the University of Western Australia and at the United Arab Emirates University. Dr Tim has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Research, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Assessment, the  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Tourism Management. In 2013 he won the University of Western Australia Business School’s Teaching Excellence Award, as well as three best-in-track awards at ANZMAC.

Veena is the Head of Moral Education Department at Al Diyafah High School Dubai. An advocate for early exposure to explicit learning environments surrounding integrity values, Veena is tremendously proactive in initiating awareness campaigns, designing courses that revolve around both Ministry of Education curricula and incorporates integrity values and messages. With a diverse background in Computer Science and Business Administration, Veena has a successful corporate track record as the Quality Assurance and Fitout Manager at Better Homes LLC and as Head of Year at Al Diyafah High School prior to her current position. Veena is currently pursuing a second Masters, in Education this time and has begun to sink her toes into research, having published a couple of papers in recent years.

Mission and Goals

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Faculty and staff

  • fostering a facilitative platform for dialogue between academic integrity officers at university, school, national and international level
  • designing and delivering innovative, creative and research-based training towards staff development in AI across campuses and evaluating their effectiveness
  • designing and implementing quality-assurance system that may be made available to campuses to assess institutional effectiveness of existing and future AI training modules
  • exploring the potentials of instructional design and technological solutions to sustain AI
  • leading and contributing to research on the scholarship of AI
  • recognising and sharing best practices in AI


  • working in close collaboration and coordination with Faculties, Library and Academic Writing/Learning Centres to provide educational training
  • fostering AI for students through outstanding, continuous support in the form of awareness initiatives, clinical and remedial interventions, and triage for victims
  • identifying, nurturing and training Student Academic Integrity Champions to promote the mission and goals of the group

Community Outreach

  • recognizing and supporting individuals and /or teams worthy of reward and recognition for their contribution to AI good practices​ at university, national and international level
  • organizing annual/bi-annual events to promote AI eg. A Roadshow, Colloquium or Conference
  • celebrating International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating and Global Ethics Day

Context and Rationale

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The UAE is a young nation, having been established in 1971. In a mere 40 some years, the education sector of the nation has boomed, now showcasing over 100 licensed higher education institutions in the UAE under the categories of university, institute and college/academy, some following the national curriculum, some British, Australian, US, Indian, Iranian and so on (UAE Higher Education Scientific Research, 2014).

According to Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of Education Cluster of TECOM Investments, the UAE has already replaced Malaysia and Singapore to become the fourth most desired destination for higher education after the USA, UK and Canada (The Young Vision, 2016). The UAE now sees students coming from across the globe to join an array of studies offered by the 100 or so higher education institutions. More and more, international universities are setting up branch campuses in the country to be a part of this emerging market. Dubai alone has more than 30 branch campuses with UOWD as the first to enter more than 20 years ago (Swan, 2014).

Higher Education is generally believed to be important because it is the basis for most professional training and careers (Nelson, 2002). Employers are looking for individuals with skill sets and HE is designed as a learning environment that will develop students with a systematic understanding and basis for concepts that are key to industries such as medicine, law, accounting, business and information and communication technology. However, studies have shown that there exists a correlation between academic dishonesty in universities and unethical behaviour at work (Graves, 2008).

Academic integrity in higher education (HE) is the moral and ethical codes in academia which include upholding honour, maintaining standards and avoiding unacceptable behaviour such as cheating and e-cheating. It has been defined as a commitment made by students and teachers to uphold values such as honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibilities in the face of difficulties (Centre for Academic Integrity, 2012). Studies have shown that instilling high academic integrity in students allows for greater integrity in the workplace and the Centre (Graves, 2008).

The first higher education institution in the UAE was established in 1976, a mere five years after its birth as a nation in 1971. Since then, the growing education industry in the UAE and around the region has sporadically highlighted instances of academic dishonesty through a few news articles, journal papers and conferences.

By means of an exhaustive database search, researchers have located 42 articles from 2005 to 2017 that have addressed the issue of academic dishonesty among students in the nation. Of these, some 20 articles were published as news in mainstream media while 21 were either conference or journal articles. So far, one doctoral thesis has been conducted on the subject in the region and two international conferences have been hosted targeting the country and the region.

All articles have highlighted the existence of the issue of academic dishonesty among students in the educational institutions, sharing their concerns over the need for solutions. Based on the findings of the studies and news articles and as presented at closing note at the International Conference on Academic Integrity – Middle East 2016 by Keynote Speakers late Professor Tracey Bretag and Dr Teddi Fishman and other dignitaries, there is a need for a central focal body dedicated to researching the various aspects of academic integrity and dishonest conduct by students, community and academic staff’s attitude towards such behaviour, policy reviews and so on in order to provide support, training, good practices and exemplars with strong support from local and international scientists, researchers and specialists in the area to aid the growing educational industry.

Academic Integrity is a fundamental cornerstone of education. However, it is imperative that every facet of the education system work together, towards building, encouraging, and sustaining a culture of integrity across campuses world-wide. The UAE is an emerging hub for education, particularly higher education. In accordance with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s UAE Vision 2021, education is seen as the bedrock of the UAE”s economic success. To create a truly world-class education system, a fundamental foundation for education is academic integrity which is vital to assessment practices. With a variety of institutions coming from differing systems from across the globe to the UAE, it is crucial to establish a dedicated Centre that will work towards developing uniform standards of practices and offering expertise, and learning resources to deal with academic dishonesty across the sector.

Host Campus

The affiliation works under a joint agreement between UAI FBM and the host campus under common Terms of Reference that will benefit both UAI and the host campus.

The University of Wollongong in Dubai is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the UAE. Since its inception, it has always aimed to deliver the highest quality education and global standards. In keeping with the university’s vision, the university houses the Centre as part of its constant efforts to champion academic integrity and support the larger academic community within UAE.

To know more about the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Visit their website:

Membership Cancellation

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  • For the welfare of UAI membership and in keeping with the [host]’s Code of Conduct, and UAE’s rules and regulations, membership to the UAI may be cancelled in the event of a breach of any of the codes of conduct as stipulated by two-thirds vote of the core staff.
  • In the event the member is a core staff member, the voting will exclude the concerned person, and include extended working committee members for the voting process.
  • In the event a decision by two-thirds vote is not acquired on any given instance above, the case will then be escalated to include Dean of Faculty housing UAI President [hosting campus] voting.