Oxford Brookes University launch a new partnership for 2014  with the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) for the Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance Programme (CREIF). From March 2014, the Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes will work closely with APREA to develop and grow the CREIF programme, so that it better meets the needs of the future Asia Pacific real estate industry.

The Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) is a non-profit industry association that represents and promotes the real estate asset class in the Asia Pacific region. It is also the industry body for the suppliers and users of capital in the real estate sector. The new partnership provides a strong collaboration for Oxford Brookes due to APREA’s existing achievements in education, where the association is firmly embedded as the leading representative body for the industry in the region. In particular, APREA’s achievements in driving regulatory improvements within the listed real estate trust sector extend beyond existing markets and pave the way for the emergence of new markets in other Asian countries.

APREA developed the CREIF programme in 2007 with close consultation from fund managers and developers. The programme was developed in response to industry demand for a practical and applied certificate that would meet their needs. The CREIF is currently delivered in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, and is unique because it offers distance learning for real estate professionals with case study-based workshops led by leading industry practitioners.

“Last year we surveyed the industry on their views on the CREIF programme and its further development,” said Lim Swe Guan, Chairman of APREA. “A strong view was expressed that it should be aligned with a relevant teaching institution. In addition, we felt that the programme had grown to a point and with such a strong reputation having been achieved in the market, that for its continued success and growth its management should be in the hands of such an institution.”

“We are proud to have created a training programme that has been so relevant and beneficial to the Asia Pacific real estate industry, and delighted to have formed this relationship with Oxford Brookes University”.

The Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes University has offered highly innovative programmes of study for over 40 years. It has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching, and from 2014 the Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance will be jointly awarded by OBU and APREA.

“We are delighted to be working with APREA” said Professor Joe Tah, Head of Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes University. “The Department of Real Estate and Construction has an outstanding reputation and a long-standing proven track record in developing and delivering under-graduate, post-graduate, and professional training programmes in real estate internationally. In partnership with APREA, we are well-positioned to bring our expertise and experience to bear on strengthening the delivery and further development of the CREIF programme.”

“We look forward to working collaboratively with APREA to further develop and grow the programme to better meet the training needs of the Asia Pacific real estate industry well into the future.”