Aberdeen students set for taste of Chinese real estate market

Aberdeen students set for taste of Chinese real estate market

Two University of Aberdeen business students will travel to the Far East this summer after being chosen to take part in a prestigious real estate programme.

Emma Byrne, a third year property student and Ian Austin, a second year, are set to spend several weeks getting to grips with the Chinese Real Estate market – the fastest growing in the world.

The Aberdeen pair have both been selected for the UK/China Exchange Programme run by major international real estate company CB Richard Ellis and the UK's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – beating off competition from across the country. Only six students from the whole of UK will make the summer-long trip.

Emma has been assigned to CB Richard Ellis's Beijing office and Ian to its Shanghai HQ. Each will spend six to twelve weeks in general practice work experience, after which they will submit a short research paper. Their flights, accommodation and living costs are all covered by the programme.

Ian (19), who has just completed the 2nd year of a degree in Property and Finance, said he was "thrilled" to have been selected to go China.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm looking forward to the challenges and the doors that will be opened for me," he said. "China's real estate industry is developing at an incredible rate and the programme will allow me to gain priceless experience that will be invaluable when I graduate and look to secure a job in a big property firm like CB Richard Ellis."

He added, "By having a successful career I hope to fund my main ambition - owning and piloting a light aircraft!"

Dr Deborah Roberts, Property Programme Director at the University of Aberdeen Business School, said both students were in for a "fantastic" experience.

"The Chinese Real Estate Market is the fastest growing in the world and Emma and Ian will be thrust into the thick of it over the summer," she said. "It's hugely exciting for them, and it's also wonderful for the Business School to have two of our students winning places on the CB Richard Ellis/RICS programme."

This is the first year that the scheme has operated. It is hoped it will run for five consecutive years giving eligible students the chance of general practice work experience in CB Richard Ellis offices within Greater China. 

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