Executive Diploma in Real Estate Investment

Executive Diploma in Real Estate Investment

This Program will consist of two units:

Investing in Real Estate

The aim of this module is to allow Participants to develop a thorough examination to the new trends in Real Estate Investment by analysing several different types of models and conducting a structured market analysis of offer and demand. Several types of private financing such as direct investment, time-sharing, shared ownership and property funds will be explored and case studies will be presented.

Residential and Tourism as a special sector within the real estate industry will be focused and the implications brought by the 2008 credit and the new models emerged as a consequence will be presented and discussed.

The main themes addressed in this module are the following:

  • The overall process of real estate investment
  • Feasibility studies as the first element for investment
  • Market analysis and segmentation
  • Developing new financial models
  • New financing sources and models
  • The consumer as investor and the investor as consumer
  • New hospitality-financial hybrid products
  • Valuation of real estate investments.

Global Markets

The aim of this module is to allow Participants to examine closely issues of current concern within the real estate industry, based on the perspective that real estate investment activity takes place within a socio-political context and that property managers must be sensitive to emerging issues which affect the industry.

Topics will include political ideology and its effect on real estate, the effects on real estate markets of political instability, economic crises, new investment destinations in countries formerly closed to foreign investors, the evolution of air passenger numbers, cross-cultural understanding and world peace as a by-product of tourism, the impacts of changes in international law, or business operation on tourism flows, transportation networks and tourism business operation.

The main themes addressed in this module are the following:

  • The nature of current issues in the real estate industry;
  • The socio-political context of the real estate industry;
  • Political ideology and its effect on real estate;
  • The effects on real estate markets of political instability;
  • Economic crises and real estate investment;
  • Cross-cultural understanding and world peace as a by-product of real estate;
  • The valuation of properties and projects;
  • Global trends in property markets;
  • The impacts of changes in international law, or business operation on tourism flows, transportation networks and tourism business operation.

Delivering the Course

Each Executive Diploma will be delivered in a four month block consisting of:

  • A first week of in class work
  • A two month home work
  • A second week of in class work
  • A two month home work on the final project
  • A final week of project presentation and group discussion.

Classes:

In class work consists of intensive 9 am to 6 pm workshops (with a one hour lunch break) where participants will attend workshops, lectures, group discussions, case study works, presentations and simulation exercises.

Classes involve examination of knowledge, and concepts and the discussion of current problems and new issues. They offer a chance to ‘stretch’ Participants by avoiding simple answers and encouraging them to tolerate the complexity and ambiguity that must exist in the real world. Analysis of case studies and exercises drawn from a range of tourism and hospitality practical examples will be discussed where the underlying principles and various models and techniques can be explained and implemented.

It will also make use of Participants’ workplace experience whenever possible to explore ideas against a background of salient issues including, from time to time, the contributions of invited practitioners that will present their own industry experiences. An active learning environment is established within the Participants’ group, in which the maturity and experience of group members can be drawn upon to enrich the learning experience of the whole group.

Home work:

The first block of home work will consist of material’s readings and group blog discussions. Participants will be provided with both hard copies and soft copies of articles and books and will be proposed a scheme of work to enable them with the latest theories and case practices of the industry. Blog discussion will be facilitated and will put together on-line all participants in providing their one views about proposed themes, all monitored by the module’s lecturers. During this period there will be on-line video meetings with lecturers on a one-to-one basis.

The second block of home work will consist on the preparation of a Project. The theme of the project will be provided by the Participants and these are strongly encouraged to propose one that is connected to their organisation. Again, during this period there will be on-line video meetings with lecturers on a one-to-one basis.

All this is available by using our On-line-Campus, a web platform that allows students to access all of the program’s on-line activities any time they want to and from any location. The campus is also accessible from smart phones and tablets.

Project Presentations:

In the final week sessions, Participants will be presenting their Projects and a group discussion will follow each presentation.

Location

Given the program’s blended nature, Participants are able to follow most of the program regardless of their geographic location. The residential part of the program will take place either in:

  • São Paulo, Brazil;
  • London, United Kingdom;
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh;
  • Beijing, China;
  • Lisbon, Portugal.

Participants

Each Program will have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 Participants. To be able to enrol, Participants must make evidence of previous top executive experience in the industry.
Applications will be reviewed by an expert committee and will base their decision on the documents presented and on an online interview.

Field Trips

Throughout the course field trips will take place depending on the module in question. These will allow students a closer contact with the reality of business and the various sectors of the industry. A T&H Management School Coordinator will always lead these field trips.
Every year, a one-week tour to one country in the European Union will take place and will focus on a specific area of the industry. This optional tour, on the one hand, will foster a closer contact amongst students and between students and teachers and, on the other, enable the possibility of a further analysis of a particular activity sector.

Research

The T&H Management School has an internal research department, where students and teachers can join existing teams and collaborate on the development of knowledge for certain areas of management.
The T&H Management School supports the development of new projects and the sought-after links with national and international business. Therefore, the T&H Management School will grant every year a number of scholarships to students who, in the previous year, are considered to have reached an exceptional achievement and who wish to join the research team, alongside the continuation of their studies.