Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Students Spend Intersession In China

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In January, Charles Tu, the Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate and academic director of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program, 14 MSRE students, and nine guests of the students ventured to China during the winter Intersession. The group spent three nights in Macau and six nights in Hong Kong. This annual trip allows graduate students to get a taste for real estate overseas.

In addition to class sessions which focused on commercial real estate capital markets, the group visited Cushman & Wakefield’s Hong Kong office (see photo). Reed Hatcher, director of research at Cushman & Wakefield, offered an overview of the office and retail markets in the region. The group also heard from guest speakers from a couple of internet start-up companies, including James Fisher, director of market analysis for Spacious, the highest quality real estate enquiry generation platform in Hong Kong; and Deming Zhang, '06 MSRE, vice president of Central China Real Estate Group. Both speakers spoke about the housing and investment property markets in China and in other Asian countries.

The group also had the opportunity to enjoy some social activities. They had dinners at the Macau Tower and the  Happy Valley Racecourse, one of two horse racing venues in Hong Kong. Tu also took the group on city tours in Macau and Hong Kong and had a reception with USD alumni and a group of USD undergraduate students.