I am very happy to introduce
you to the best real estate program in Korea. Korea boasts the eleventh-largest
economy in the world, and it strives to offer the best economic opportunities
in the Asian region. Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea has been an education
and research pioneer in the rough-and-tumble field of Korean real estate,
having offered the first master's-level professional degree program in real
estate in 1970. It is frequently said that the history of the Korean real
estate market mirrors that of the real estate program at Konkuk University
while the list of Konkuk real estate program alumni makes up a who's who of the
Korean real estate market.
The program in Real Estate
Studies at Konkuk University has about 1,000 students enrolled in three
full-time degree programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels
and two part-time programs, one for CEOs, the other offering a professional
graduate degree in a Graduate School of Real Estate Studies(GSRES) evening
program with 500 students.
The GSRES offers two evening
programs for active real estate professionals, one for middle class managers,
which confers a master's-level professional degree, and the other for corporate
executives, which confers a certificate. Admission to the GSRES is extremely
competitive, as only one out of eight candidates succeeds in being admitted, on
average. We try our best to maintain a diverse class environment in terms of
education, career, age, gender, and affiliation. Our mutual learning community
provides opportunities for sharing scientific theory and professional
experience from faculty to students, from students to faculty, among faculty
and among students. Current students and alumni commonly cite this diverse
environment and the alumni network that builds on it as the most valuable asset
of the program.
The GSRES has eleven full-time
professors whose careers are distinguished by their academic contributions to
such fields as real estate, economics, finance, urban planning, environmental
studies, regional science, architecture, and engineering.
Among the most enjoyable
features of the GSRES experience for both students and faculty are special
lectures offered by industry leaders and government policymakers. Not
surprisingly, the majority of these speakers come from the ranks of our own
alumni, which makes for especially enjoyable post-presentation receptions.
These occasions allow students to connect textbook theory seamlessly to
We are eagerly seeking
international affiliations to address current problems in real estate, problems
that are complex enough to interrelate real
estate markets to capital markets and broad
enough to transcend
continental boundaries. We believe that international cooperation should be an integral part of solving problems here
and abroad at the same time.
As part of our commitment to
offering the best contemporary real estate program in Asia, we have been updating our curricula to reflect
current trends and hiring world-renowned academics to qualify for
international accreditation. Through these efforts, the GSRES is vigorously striving to be a
"global winner, the real estate hub of the Asian-Pacific region."
I hope you will find Konkuk
University to be a worthy vessel as we navigate uncertain seas together into the future.