Friday, November 20, 2009

Strong signs of economic growth in China and South East Asia

François Ortalo-Magné, Robert E. Wangard Chair in Real Estate, and Bret Wilkerson, CEO, Property and Portfolio Research, presented results of a survey of MIPIM delegates during the MIPIM Asia Closing Conference today. The survey found that attendees "were more optimistic about the state of the property market compared to the same time last year." "Delegates noted that there are strong signs of economic growth in China and South East Asia and that capital flows are now much stronger than in 2008." Read more about the 2009 survey via PR Newswire.

Ortalo-Magné led a delegation of Wisconsin Real Estate students to the MIPIM Asia event. It is a valuable opportunity for students to hear directly from leading decision makers in global real estate and to expand their international network. Wisconsin’s history of international expertise and activity sets it apart from other real estate programs. That longevity has led to unparalleled business and academic connections and affording students exceptional networking opportunities.

Also while in Hong Kong, Ortalo-Magné met with officials from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School to discuss the new partnership for the Global Real Estate Master (GREM) degree program. This innovative program brings together students from HKUST, HEC Paris and INCAE for a semester of intensive real estate training at Wisconsin. The first class will commence in Spring 2011. Visit the GREM program website at

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