CBRE Supports Real Estate Education With $100k Donation to University of Guelph
September 27, 2023 2 Minute Read
It’s back-to-school season and CBRE is working with the University of Guelph to educate and inspire the next generation of real estate leaders.
CBRE has been supporting The Lang School at the University of Guelph with a $100,000 donation to the Guelph Real Estate Alliance (GREA) campaign over the last two and a half years. The GREA campaign aims to enhance Lang’s real estate industry collaborations to help advance and grow academic programming at The Lang School, including a proposed graduate program in real estate.
“CBRE has over 60 Guelph alumni across our platform and is a long-time supporter of Lang’s Real Estate Students’ Association,” says Jon Ramscar, President and CEO, CBRE Limited. “The Lang School reflects CBRE’s commitment to innovation, excellence and support for the communities in which we live and work.”
The objective of GREA is to connect the real estate industry with Lang’s real estate faculty, students, and alumni. The campaign is a direct call to leaders within real estate to support the program which, for over 30 years, has developed many prominent leaders within the sector. The campaign supports an external liaison position that will enhance the student experience, create new learning opportunities, and further improve the program's connection to the industry.
“CBRE’s donation is an investment in the next generation of real estate professionals and a downpayment on the development of the real estate services of the future,” continued Ramscar.
Lang is one of just a few Canadian business schools that offer a specialization in real estate at the undergraduate level. The real estate program at Lang features a renowned and active advisory board that helps align the program's academics with the industry.
“We are incredibly grateful to have the support and commitment of CBRE in helping shape the future responsible leaders in the real estate industry,” says Lang School Dean Sara Mann “CBRE’s investment in Lang will help us continue to provide experiences both inside and outside the classroom for our real estate students, enhancing the quality of professionals entering the industry.”
CBRE has a long history of hiring exceptional U of G and Lang graduates from a wide variety of disciplines.
“The University of Guelph’s respected real estate program provides students with the knowledge needed to succeed in the industry while exposing them to its dynamic career paths,” says Lang alumnus and Senior Vice President at CBRE, Rob Ironside. “I am proud of CBRE’s support of the program as U of G graduates always bring forward-thinking and much-needed fresh perspectives to the workforce.”
CBRE also often hires graduates from other Lang programs. For Lang hospitality and tourism alumnus Nicole Nguyen, the program opened doors to work in the fast-paced real estate industry.
“What attracted me to the Lang Commerce program was the industry-led focus of the curriculum,” says Nguyen, who is a Senior Vice President with CBRE Hotels Valuation & Advisory Services group. “The specialized nature of the program allowed me and my classmates to remain connected and flourish in our careers.”
CBRE joined Allied REIT, Aspen Ridge, Deloitte, Forum Asset Management, and Reid’s Heritage Homes as supporters of Lang’s GREA campaign.
“This donation shows that CBRE is more than just a real estate services provider,” says Ramscar. “We are helping realize the potential in people, businesses and communities."
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