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SEP-OCT 2015

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F rom Beijing to Berkeley, Boston and beyond, the response to CoreNet Global's University Initiative has been very encouraging. As we seek to raise the profile of corporate real estate (CRE), grow an interest in the profession and create a pipeline of talent, we have developed resources in research, instruction and engagement to offer faculty, staff and students. They're proving to be very receptive audiences. We recently unveiled the CoRE Fundamentals Facilitation Guide, which is designed to provide readers with a foundation of knowledge and skills surrounding CRE. The purpose of the lecture guide and slide deck is to provide members with an easy way to introduce CRE to students and an opportunity to share from their own experiences and provide context to engage their audience. We are pleased to be supporting our chapters in deepening relationships they've already established with universities, and we're initiating contact with other schools. Whether we discuss the CoreNet Global Apprentice Program at the University of California, Berkeley, or the soon-to-be-published MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY RELATIONS Dean Jordan Senior Director of Business Development, University & External Affairs Essential Guide to Corporate Real Estate at the University of Connecticut, or research projects at Tsinghua University in Beijing, faculty and students alike have been interested to hear what we have to offer. Naturally, there has been great interest in our inaugural CoreNet Global Academic Challenge sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield. We are pleased to report that our first effort has yielded 78 teams (representing 190 students, 65 institutions, 26 countries and five continents). We were very impressed to see the creativity and hard work the students put into their responses to the challenge of solving the gap between the "speed of business" and the "speed of CRE." The deadline for Round One, from which the top three teams were identified, was 31 July. The finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to present in front of a jury of experienced CRE professionals immediately prior to the CoreNet Global Summit in October. We hope you'll consider attending their presentations on Sunday, 18 October. Please help us strengthen our ties to the academic community by sharing your academic background (http://p.corenetglobal.org/universities). We want to gain a better understanding of where you attended school and what degrees you earned, and whether you would be willing to speak in front of a class. If you have a relationship with a university, or are willing to help us reach out by presenting a guest lecture or offering an internship or job, please let me know. Universities like to see their alumni prosper, and if we are to succeed in filling the pipeline with future CRE talent, we need your help. Toget her we have t he oppor tunit y to raise the prof ile of CoreNet Global and CR E while encouraging the next generation of talent. We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to continuing our work together. This month, we shine the spotlight on CoreNet Global's initiative to foster a more collaborative partnership between the association and universities around the globe. Dean Jordan, CoreNet Global's Senior Director of Business Development, University & External Affairs, reports on the recent success of the association's inaugural Academic Challenge. 6 the LEADER | September/October 2015

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