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MBA Students Head to MIPIM in Cannes, France

The Real Estate Connection: March 2012
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First year real estate MBA students recently returned from Cannes, France March 6-9 after attending MIPIM 2012, the international real estate property and investment convention. This marks the seventh year that the Wisconsin Real Estate Program has sent a delegation to MIPIM. The trip is one dimension of our commitment to global awareness. MIPIM is an amazing opportunity for our students to literally get outside the world of U.S. real estate and see how property markets function in Europe. The students analyzed how the practice of real estate differs due to cultural factors, space limitations, and zoning constraints (i.e. parking ratios, tenant mix of retail, density, etc.). They also had the chance to interact with leaders in real estate and related industries to determine trends, perceptions, operating strategies, and best practices.

MIPIM 2012

As part of their preparation for the trip, students researched the hot topics and big questions that are on everyone's minds. First and foremost is the Greek debt crisis, what is its effect on the Euro-Zone and the overall stability of Europe? Other public policy related questions include: China and fears of a bubble in its property markets, have recent government measures been effective and does interference itself have consequences? And, Solvency II and other ECB banking regulations, will they have an effect on real estate lending? MIPIM is also a great opportunity for students to get a feel for broad real estate trends. MIPIM attracts hundreds of opportunistic real estate investors and, under the same roof, representatives from many of the markets trying to woo real estate capital. It is the ideal environment to identify emerging global trends.

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Describing these new trends is the number one goal of the wrap-up keynote address at MIPIM by Dean François Ortalo-Magné. Students assisted the dean by surveying participants at the conference. Dean Ortalo-Magné's wrap-up keynote has been a highlight of MIPIM and MIPIM Asia for some time. To view this year's wrap-ups, visit our blog the Wisconsin Real Estate Viewpoint.

During the conference, our students actively shared the major takeaways from the conference sessions and their experiences and reflections each day, so watch our blog for coverage on this year's MIPIM trip. We also contributed to the official MIPIM blog and reported on Twitter at @UW_GraaskampCtr.

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Featured Events

Attention Employers! Networking Receptions to be Held in Chicago and Minneapolis
If you are an employer who is looking for talent who can make an immediate impact on your company, you are invited to join us at networking receptions in Chicago on March 27th and in Minneapolis on April 17th. You’ll meet our staff of career placement professionals, learn more about the Wisconsin School of Business, and hear how we can make your recruitment efforts efficient and successful. We hope to see you there!

To make your reservation or to learn more about Wisconsin’s career placement services, please email Matt Nelson, associate director of the MBA Career Management Center, at or 608-265-5102.

Round Three Application Deadline for Real Estate MBA is March 16
The application process for the Wisconsin Real Estate MBA is well-underway. The second round deadline is March 16. Alumni and friends of the program are encouraged to refer candidates to the Graaskamp Center. Please contact Sharon McCabe or apply here. For some application advice, see Sharon's tips on our blog here.

Spring Board Meeting – “New Beginnings: Assessing the State of Our Industry”
On April 17-18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, the Graaskamp Center will bring together an all-star lineup of real estate leaders and renowned academics to discuss “New Beginnings: Assessing the State of Our Industry.” The keynote address by Lee Neibart, Global CEO of AREA, on Tuesday evening and the sessions on Wednesday will explore the outlook for the real estate industry, provoke discussion on long delayed issues of debt resolution and infrastructure investment, and look to broader global issues affecting our region. View agenda. Register online.

Building a Housing Policy That Works
On June 1 in Madison, 2012 Wisconsin Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference will discuss what policies the current or the next administration should implement to design a healthy, responsible, functioning, and efficient housing market. Featured speakers include Karl “Chip” Case (co-founder of the Case Shiller Home Price Index); Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the NAR; and Curt Culver, President of MGIC.  Learn more.  Register now.

Events Calendar

May 3
AREIT Board Meeting
Madison, WI

May 17-19
Madison, WI

June 6-7
Graaskamp Center Spring Board Meeting
American Club
Kohler, WI

Sept 18-19
WREAA Trends Conference
Chicago, IL

October 16
Graaskamp Roundtable Dinner
Madison, WI

October 17
Wisconsin Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference
Madison, WI

November 21
Fall Board Dinner
New York, NY

November 22
Global Real Estate Markets Conference
New York Stock Exchange
New York, NY