BIENVENUE – WE NEED INTERNATIONAL TALENT
In May, amid global alert on the pandemic, Campus France launched an international campaign with a video urging international students to “Choose France” acknowledging the crucial contribution of international students to the country’s research and innovation. One of the first countries to re-open borders to students, France didn’t forget national students either, as higher education institutions have moved mountains to make room for an increase in graduated high schoolers. As the academic year kicks off in Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo highlights that her administration is helping students with everything from housing to social life. And the attention paid to talent hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to Studyportals, France recovered the best as the destination in EU for prospective students and as of July 2020, the search results for France even marked 14% higher compared to the same period in 2019.
But despite compelling supply and demand dynamics, France remains a relatively underdeveloped student accommodation market. Paris has been the primary recent target of international investors’ European growth strategies, seeing some recent large portfolio deals and joint ventures in the coliving and flexible rental housing markets. What factors are influencing the type, speed, and location of investment in France? Are barriers to market entry preventing the living, working, and learning needs of students and young talent from being met? And how can the blended living players investing in accommodating young talent in the capital help shape the Mayor’s 15-Minute City?
Jo Winchester, Executive Director, CBRE
Joe Persechino, Head of Residential & Student Accommodation, AXA-IM
Michael Neuman, Vice-president – Investments Europe, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Dan Baker, General Manager EMEA, Student.com
Florent Bonaventure, Director of Communication & Studies, Campus France
Stefan Kolibar, Head of Marketing, BONARD
Yoony Kim, Managing Director, The Class of 2020