Professor François Ortalo-Magné and MBA Students Attend MIPIM Asia

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Professor François Ortalo-Magné and Bret Wilkerson present
survey results ata the MIPIM Asia closing session.

François Ortalo-Magné, Robert E. Wangard Chair in Real Estate, recently led a group of three Wisconsin Real Estate MBA students to MIPIM Asia held in Hong Kong, one of the largest real estate conferences in Asia. With over 1500 participants, the event provided a valuable opportunity for students to hear directly from leading decision makers in global real estate and to expand their international network. Wisconsin’s participation in MIPIM Asia builds upon the strong history of participation in the annual MIPIM Conference held in Cannes, France each spring.

Ortalo-Magné and Bret Wilkerson, CEO, Property and Portfolio Research, also presented the results of a survey of MIPIM attendees during the MIPIM Asia Closing Conference on November 20. The survey results revealed that 72% of MIPIM Asia participants feel more optimistic about the state of real estate. In particular, they noted there are strong signs of economic growth in China and South East Asia and that capital flows are now much stronger than in 2008. R ead more about the 2009 survey via PR Newswire.

Ortalo-Magné led a delegation of Wisconsin Real Estate students to the MIPIM Asia event. The event was a valuable opportunity for students to hear directly from leading decision makers in global real estate and to expand their international network. MBA Student Stephanie Lentz, said, "The MIPIM Asia conference was a fantastic opportunity not only to interact in a small setting with international real estate professionals, but to get a feel for the growing optimism amongst investors in emerging Asian markets. The timing, given the growth of the Chinese economy in the context of global downturn, provided us some insight on impacts of foreign direct investment and government regulated growth strategies on the region's real estate markets."

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 www.bus.wisc.edu/grem.

View the slide presentation from the MIPIM Asia closing session.

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