The Schulich School of Business at York University has announced it is partnering with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world’s leading organization of real property professionals.
Under the partnership, graduates of Schulich’s Real Property MBA specialization will be recognized as having fulfilled the academic requirements for RICS membership. RICS is a globally recognized mark of property professionalism and covers 120,000 real estate professionals in 129 countries. The RICS designation is acknowledged to be the highest global standard for education and professional training in the real estate industry.
Left: James McKellar
“The new RICS partnership will further enhance the career advantages of Schulich’s MBA graduates who are specializing in the field of real property,” said James McKellar, founder and academic director of Schulich’s Real Property Program.
Schulich’s MBA students in the Real Property Program focus on one or more areas of the industry, including finance, investment, development and international real estate. Graduates of the program occupy senior positions in development companies, financial institutions, corporations with extensive real estate holdings and real estate service firms. In addition, a number of graduates have established their own development companies.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is one of the most respected and high-profile global standards and membership organizations for professionals involved in land, property, construction and environmental issues, with 136 years of representing property professionalism. It serves 120,000 members across 120 countries worldwide and approves 400 degree-level courses at institutions around the globe. RICS publishes 500 research and policy papers a year and has associations in 50 countries, including Canada, plus linked groups and societies. It offers 160 diverse specializations, represented across 16 faculties.
Accountable to both members and the public, RICS has three main roles: to maintain the highest standards of education and training; to protect consumers through strict regulation of professional standards; to be the leading source of information and independent advice on land, property, construction and associated environmental issues.
RICS members’ services are diverse. Not only are they experts in all matters relating to real estate and construction, but they can also offer strategic advice in the economics, valuation, finance, investment and management of all the world’s physical assets – from the construction of major public buildings to surveying the sea bed, from managing large property portfolios to auctioning antiques and more.