The Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) at Florida International University (FIU) has entered into an enhanced university partnership with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers as well as academics and public officials.
“Starting in August 2012, MSIRE students will receive discounted membership and discounted rates to attend ICSC programs,” said Matthew Rothstein, marketing and development manager of the MSIRE program, one of the specialty master’s programs in the College of Business Administration. “ICSC hosts events that bring the national retail real estate community to our students.”
For example, for the South Florida Idea Exchange on November 15, 2012 in Hollywood, Florida, ICSC will provide each student with a complimentary registration, a $50 value. The conference will feature a customized program for FIU students that includes mentoring, education and opportunities to network with industry professionals.
Student members also will have access to ICSC’s Membership Directory plus proprietary statistical databases and other in-depth studies from ICSC’s research department. Students will be eligible to apply for ICSC foundation scholarships.
Partnership presents win-win opportunities.
“As a high-caliber and well respected institution, the Chapman Graduate School of Business attracts some of the best and brightest minds to its real estate business program,” said Jesse Tron, ICSC senior communications and media specialist. “ICSC will benefit by having FIU students as members of our association.”
William Hardin, the college’s director of real estate programs, strongly encourages students to become involved in ICSC programs.
“ICSC provides global leadership and will help our students gain industry knowledge as well as make the personal contacts essential in retail development and investment,” he said.