Some of Europe's most talented shopping center young professionals attended the fifth International Council of Shopping Centers' (ICSC) European Retail Property School at Le Meridien Hotel in Brussels last week.
Some of the scholars sponsored by the
European Shopping Centre Trust and
130 students, more than ever before, attended the school with The European Shopping Centre Trust awarding scholarships to one Serbian student, two from Bulgaria and seven others from across Europe, recommended as some of the most promising young professionals within the industry. This year, the importance of international training was endorsed further by German, Spanish and British Councils awarding scholarship funding to eleven additional German, six Spanish and one British student for the first time.
Chair of ICSC in Europe, Jaap Gillis, said: "As the largest professional and trade association for real estate in the world, we have a responsibility to set an example by offering high quality training to our members. Like the retail property sector across the globe, our industry here in Europe is facing many new challenges which can only be successfully conquered by those with the knowledge and drive to achieve.
"To become a successful shopping center professional in the 21st century the next generation need to understand the challenges of sustainability and how our industry can contribute to the regeneration of local and regional communities."
Students representing 24 countries across Europe attended the school, including the largest contingent yet from Central Europe, including Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Romania. One student also attended from Nigeria in Africa.
Every year the European Retail Property School delivers two levels of shopping center marketing and management training aimed at those who have recently entered the industry and those who wish to study at a more advanced level.
The courses are delivered by a faculty of highly experienced industry professionals from across Europe.