Students Share Experience of New Real Estate Course


In 2020, IE University launched its cutting-edge Global Master in Real Estate Development course—and the verdict is in.

Some of the program’s first students have given their feedback on the program, including its methodology, format, content and more.

Of course, 2020 wasn’t the easiest time to launch a new degree or to enroll in one.

But IE University’s School of Architecture & Design knew that in order to thrive in times of crisis, you must constantly innovate, shift and reinvent yourself.

That’s why the school launched this program with the current context in mind.

Aimed at ambitious professionals around the globe, the hybrid, part-time program trains its students to become agile leaders of tomorrow by focusing on key innovation and investment strategies used to build a sustainable urban future.

Here is what some of the course’s first students said about Global Master in Real Estate Development.

Arturo Najera, Mexico

Najera came to the program ready to network with global professionals and gain new opportunities in the industry. He hasn’t been disappointed.

“The face-to-face period was a very nice experience. After just three or four hours, you become friends with people from all around the world and gain new perspectives.”

Gonzalo Aldea, Colombia

Aldea started the program with high expectations: understand what the world of real estate is like abroad, meet top academics and professionals with varied real-world experience, and learn more about both the financial and legal side of the industry at a global scale.

The verdict? “I think it has been a great decision.”

Barak Alberro, Spain

Internationally registered Architect and consultant Barak Alberro has had a similar experience.

“For me, it’s been quite a spin seeing architecture from all these different angles. Finance subjects, for example, have definitely been my favourite so far, as it’s one of the areas I was less trained in.

Putting myself in my client’s shoes and understanding where they are coming from has already been an eye-opener for me and I look forward to keep exploring this field in the coming months.”

Lamia Hariz, Lebanon

Having studied finance and worked in corporate banking, Hariz was after a career shift, set on specializing in real estate.

“The sector is booming with the thriving of technology and globalisation, and the sector is subject to challenges that need to be addressed,” she said.

In the program, she has appreciated “the innovative teaching methods and the culture of empowerment”.

“I could feel this sense of support before I even physically got to campus.”

Ayman Baitam, Palestine

Not everyone had the same reason for enrolling, though. Baitam, for example, was specifically looking for a program in real estate development with an eco-friendly focus.

“The emphasis on sustainability gives this program a big advantage compared to others, and it was a big factor in my decision to enroll,” he said.

Juan Bourkaib, Spain

Senior architect at AECOM, Bourkaib wanted a holistic, 360-degree view of the real estate world.

“I get the feeling that I've opened the door to a whole new world. I'm now better understanding the business side of things, and where my clients are coming from. In the end, this will help me deliver the best product possible.”

To learn more about the master’s degree program, visit its official webpage.

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