GREM Celebrates First Graduates

Thirteen students who came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from top-ranked international business schools in Hong Kong, Costa Rica, and France recently celebrated the successful completion of their degree as the inaugural class of the Wisconsin Real Estate Program’s Global Real Estate Master’s program (GREM).

To provide a real estate education that transcends borders, or GREM program partners the specific real estate expertise at the Wisconsin School of Business with three of the world’s best business schools—HEC Paris in France, INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

After having studied economics, finance, and business at one of the partner schools, the students came to Madison to complete their studies with a semester focused entirely on real estate.

“As far as I know, there is no program like GREM anywhere else in the world,” says François Ortalo-Magné, chair of the real estate department and director of GREM. “We look forward to learning together on how to build on its innovative nature to make it a true global success.”

“The GREM partnership ties in with our strategic relationships across continents,” says Gilles Bousquet, dean of the Division of International Studies, vice provost for globalization, and special assistant to the chancellor for global engagement. “This new program both engages students from around the world and also builds on UW-Madison’s unique strength in a field that is of growing international importance.”

At a graduation day reception, Bousquet welcomed the GREM students into the distinguished ranks of Badger alumni—with connections that will serve them throughout their lives and careers.

Photos by Kerry Hill, Division of International Studies