We come for two reasons: to meet new people and to expand our network and to learn about the cities.
Learning Hubs: The Future of the University City
In an era of flourishing exchange programmes, open universities and a growing number of programmes taught in English, it is increasingly more difficult for student accommodation providers and housing markets generally to keep pace with a rapidly growing and ever – more mobile student population. In the past few years, student housing has grown to become a fully established global real estate asset class with a growing internationally mobile student population fuelling the demand for more purpose – built student accommodation.
Student housing plays a key role in attracting and retaining internationally mobile, talented youth. Hence, cities and universities are increasingly discovering the power of collaboration to better accomplish their goal to become premier “Learning Hubs”. For example, cities like Glasgow, Rotterdam and Lisbon have already introduced comprehensive urban strategies to become learning hubs, promoting their respective university experiences abroad as a means to spark innovation and entrepreneurship in students and graduates alike.
It is interesting to see how many things unite us, far more than divide us. There are a lot of things that the European and American market have in common and that we can find common solutions to.
The most important part is understanding the different challenges across the different countries in Europe.
At The Class of 2020 Conference we are talking about student housing, attracting students, retaining them and making their lives easier, more productive and more useful to the cities, the economy and to give them a better experience.