THE CLASS CONFERENCE 2020

Fast-Forwarding Our Future

19 November 2020

Graduation

The Class of 2020 was founded in 2011 as a think tank to solve the student housing crisis. In the aftermath of the financial meltdown, we believed we needed 10 years to solve it. Our Graduation Conference in Amsterdam was planned this Autumn as a moment to celebrate what we had achieved as a community and to explore a bright future.
Everything changed in March. Today we are faced with a crisis in global health and student mobility. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is so profound that it calls into question the very future of our universities and the cities that host them. COVID-19 keeps students flung far from campuses and isolated from communities. Amsterdam has reported the first population decline in 10 years, with international students and young professionals retreating to learn and work remotely. Our community has barely had time to adjust, let alone look ahead.
The past decade has brought extraordinary growth and change to university cities. Universities have stepped up investment in internationalisation and the student learning experience. Visionary investors, developers, and operators have introduced flexible and community-oriented living concepts for global talent to markets across Europe. Billions of equity and institutional funds have been deployed on campus, housing projects, and regenerated districts. Global talent mobility has accelerated vibrant city development and economic success in return.
But how resilient are we? What will tomorrow and the day after look like? How can we recover from the current crisis and prevent the loss of progress we have achieved and reshape the future for the better? At The Class, we believe that crises can be a powerful engine to fix things. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, we were confronting a housing crisis, often worse than that of 10 years ago. Higher education and student mobility are neither accessible to all nor necessarily providing the right competencies to the labour market in a changing world. The rise of blended living and learning is here to stay, and students make it clear that they still value experience and community. At The Class Graduation Conference, we will convene some of the most provocative thinkers and practitioners who will challenge our community to make a better future happen faster. We will ask them to envision the new knowledge ecosystem in an era of paradigm shifts. And with you, we will explore what our community can and should do to provide opportunities for global talent and save our beloved university cities.

Speakers

ON-DEMAND VIEWING

Were you unable to attend our annual conference this year and are you curious to hear which trends will shape the future of our industry? No worries, we’ve created an on-demand playlist for you to watch whenever and wherever. You can either opt to rent or buy the entire series or only specific segments.

Please note partners of The Class are able to watch the content for free, if you would like to receive access, please send us an email.

Platinum Sponsors

ASK4

Hosting Sponsor

The Student Hotel

Gold Sponsors

Glide

Silver Sponsors

Assa Abloy Logo
A Designer at Heart Logo
Starrez Logo
WeWash
CampusX

Creative Partner

Spatial Experience Logo

Media Partners

Iberian Property
Global Student Living (GSL) Logo
The PIE Logo
StudyTravel Logo
Real Asset Media Logo
PBSA News Logo

Organisations in Attendance

  • A Designer at Heart
  • Aareal Bank AG
  • Absolute Internship
  • Accommodation For Students
  • Acomodile
  • ACUHO-I
  • Adina Apartment Hotels
  • Aermont Capital
  • Akademiska Hus
  • amber energy
  • Apartmentservice Anett Gregorius
  • APG Asset Management
  • Arlington Advisors
  • Artifex
  • ASK4
  • ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions
  • Asset Time Invest
  • Atlann Software Developers
  • AUC
  • Avec Living
  • AXA IM Real Assets
  • BaseCamp Student
  • Bath Court Student Accommodation
  • BelForm
  • Blackstock Consulting
  • Blok Urban Living
  • Blue Noble
  • Blue Yonder Partnership Ltd.
  • BlueStripe Inc.
  • BONARD
  • Brookfield
  • buildfifty5 ltd
  • bulwiengesa AG
  • ByggVesta Fastighetsförvaltning AB
  • C Clean
  • CA ventures
  • Camelot Europe
  • Camplus
  • CampusKey
  • CampusX
  • Capital Assured
  • Casita
  • Castiel Consultants SL
  • Catella
  • Católica Lisbon
  • CBRE
  • Chapter Spitafields
  • Chartwell Partners Ltd.
  • Cheung Investments
  • China Visionary Group
  • Clancy Consulting
  • Co-Liv
  • ColivingnL
  • Collegiate
  • Common
  • Connect Project & Asset Management SL
  • Conscious Coliving
  • CRM Students
  • Crosslane Real Estate Deutschland GmbH
  • CUBO
  • Curlew Capital
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Cutwork SAS
  • David Philips
  • Deakin Residential Services
  • Dean’s College Hotel – Forestay
  • Dekada S.A.
  • Deutsches Studenentenwerk
  • Development Partnership Investment Sp z o.o.
  • Domatia
  • DoveVivo
  • Drees & Sommer
  • DTA Aarchitects
  • Dupuis Investment GmbH
  • DUWO
  • DWS
  • E.ON Group Innovation
  • Erasmus Student Network
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Fairtree Capital
  • Faydalı Yazılım İşleri A.Ş.
  • Forta Pro Ltd
  • Geo Coliving
  • German Railways
  • GIC
  • Giuseppe Addamiano
  • Glide
  • Global Student Living
  • Greystar
  • Grupo Moraval
  • Gryphon Finance Pty Ltd
  • GSA – Global Student Accommodation
  • GSK Stockmann
  • GUZEL YURTLAR A.S
  • Hamlet student flats
  • Hans Brinker Hostels
  • Harrison Street
  • HeyHub
  • Hines
  • Hochschule Harz
  • Host
  • House of Fetch
  • Housemates
  • Housing Hand Limited
  • HousingAnywhere
  • HSBC
  • i Live Group
  • Iberian Property
  • ICEF
  • Icelandic Student Services
  • IKEHU
  • In-Domus Srl
  • Integ Capital
  • Interboden Innovative Lebenswelten GmbH & CO KG
  • International Campus
  • International WELL Building Institute, PBC
  • Interspace Living NY, LLC
  • Invesco
  • InvestiRE SGR
  • IP Investment Management
  • ITURBIDE
  • JLL
  • kalenhayman.com
  • Kences
  • Kinetic Capital Limited
  • Kinetic Software
  • Kinetic Solutions
  • King’s College London
  • KKR IMO SA
  • Kley
  • Knight Frank
  • LD Events
  • Lioncor
  • Loft
  • London Nest Ltd
  • Loyens & Loeff
  • LRC Consulte
  • LSVb
  • LyvInn
  • Maastricht University
  • Masterdam
  • MB Advisor
  • Meble VOX
  • Microsigur
  • Miele Operations & Payment Solutions GmbH
  • MILESTONE Operations GmbH
  • MRG
  • Municipality of The Hague
  • MV Holding
  • Navitas
  • Negawatt Supply Company Ltd
  • Nido Student
  • NMDC
  • NSP Security
  • NSTS Malta
  • NTM Capital LLP
  • Nuffic
  • Ociosus
  • Oikotrust SA
  • OnPoint Asia Services
  • Osborne Clarke
  • PBSA News
  • PBSA Portfolio Advisor Limited
  • PI Group
  • PKF hotel experts
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Press Start Real Estate
  • Primevest-Capital-Partners Deutschland GmbH
  • Princeton Investments
  • PropertyEU
  • Pure Capital Markets
  • QS
  • Quares Student Housing
  • Quarters
  • R H Partnership Architects Ltd
  • Real Estate Consulting
  • Real Marketing
  • RealPage
  • REBEL
  • Red Brick Research
  • REOS
  • Republika Aparts
  • Residorm
  • Room to Bloom
  • Round Hill Capital
  • SALTO Systems
  • Savills
  • Schellart Finance Professionals B.V.
  • Scion
  • Sit
  • SLE Global
  • Smart Studios
  • Sodexo
  • Solent University
  • Space & Pepper
  • Spacious
  • Spatial Experience
  • StarRez
  • Starter Kit
  • Staytoo
  • Steiner AG
  • Stoneshield Capital
  • Student Experience
  • Student First Group
  • Student Living Consultants
  • Student Roost
  • Student Source Limited
  • Student.com
  • Studentbostäder i Sverige
  • Studentbostadsföretagen
  • Studentsamskipnaden
  • Study Inn Limited
  • Study Travel Magazine
  • StuRents
  • Suomen opiskelija-asunnot SOA ry
  • TalTech Student Campus
  • Tarkett B.V.
  • TCAS Online
  • Technogym
  • Temprano Capital Partners
  • The Collective
  • The Island
  • The PIE News
  • The Student Hotel
  • TigerLime Ltd (Consultancy & Advisory)
  • TLJ Access Control
  • TP Bennett LLP
  • UBC Okanagan
  • UBSBOLIG A/S
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • uForis VR Inc.
  • Uhub Investments
  • ULI Europe
  • Uliving
  • UMBRELLA Real Estate GmbH
  • Unilife Ltd
  • Unilodgers
  • Uninest
  • Union Investment
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Zagreb – Faculty of Architecture
  • Upcircle Ltd
  • Upgrade Estate NV
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Utelisys Group
  • Utrecht University
  • Valeo Management
  • Value One
  • Vanguard Student Housing
  • Vastgoed Belang
  • Veiligheids-Sloten.nl
  • Victoria Realty Management
  • Vita Group
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • W.P. Carey & Co Ltd
  • Washstation
  • WeWash
  • Wexer
  • Wifirst
  • Workshop Architects
  • WP Carey
  • Wüest Partner AG
  • Xior
  • Young Global Living
  • Zeitraum s.r.o.
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