<p>Some things don't change. The real estate students still go on the same field trips we did although some of the destinations are more glamorous. We went to Minny and Chicago. Now they go to China and Rio. Wow.</p>
<p>"In addition to the activities on campus, we take two national trips each year. Trips are announced each semester and include site tours of key developments, meetings, networking dinners, and a variety of other opportunities to learn from industry leaders. Local alumni and principals are always on hand and ultimately make it all possible. Past excursions include Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, DC, Phoenix, New York City, and Denver."
Each year, a select group of undergraduate students travel to Expo Real in Germany to learn about international real estate. This conference brings together real estate professionals from around the world and offers students an extraodinary opportunity to learn about global markets.
Graduate students working on a MBA in real estate have the opportunity to take two international trips over the course of their two years of study. In the first year, students travel to Cannes, France, for the well-known MIPIM conference with over 20,000 real estate professionals from around the world. In the second year, the students visit markets around the world to learn about the specifics of investment and development within the country. Past trips have gone to Brazil, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. For more information on the program, visit the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate website here.</p>
<p>They still work on cases and consulting projects in the field. The only difference is the slicker presentations they can do now with PowerPoint and graphics. I go to the bookstore and it's still piles of textbooks and reading packs although they can be in electronic form now. It has been said higher education is still using the same technology it did when it started. Maybe that's a good thing. Oh, and now it's the UW Graaskamp Canter. I actually had Graaskamp for most of my real estate classes. A great man and teacher.</p>
<p>"For the spring semester, several case competitions are available for undergraduate students. UW Madison will be participating in two real estate competitions this spring, the NAIOP Regional University Challenge (Minneapolis, MN) and USC International Real Estate Case Competition (Los Angeles, CA). In recent years UW-Madison Undergraduates have done exceedingly well in these competitions, taking 1st place at NAIOP and 2nd place at USC last year. The faculty will choose two six-member teams. Team members will then receive instructor’s permission to sign up for Mr. Qureshi’s one credit RE 365, which meets for ten consecutive Fridays at 9:30am – 10:45am from Jan 30th to April 10th, 2009. The team will use the one-credit course to prepare, practice case analysis and receive tips from past participants, faculty and alums. If you are interested, please send an email here."</p>