Amsterdam-headquartered non-profit global think tank The Class of 2020, founded to solve the student housing crisis, is this year staging its annual conference, virtually, on 19 November.
During the conference, global visionary leaders across the student housing industry will reflect on past ten years and examine the future of living, learning, and working for the next ten years. Author of Rethinking Real Estate, Dror Poleg will deliver the keynote address, When You Can Be Anywhere, Why Be Somewhere?
Framed as, The Class Graduation Conference – Fast Forwarding Our Future, the event was originally intended to be staged in Amsterdam to celebrate what had been achieved since its inception in 2011 as well as looking forward.
But, as the Think Tank said in a statement: “The year 2020 has changed everything, as today we are faced with a crisis in global health and student mobility.”
Moreover, it continues: “The impact of COVID-19 is so profound that it calls into question the very future of our universities and the cities that host them.”
Why come here when they can study anywhere?
Among the questions that the conference will examine is what, when students and young professionals can work and study anywhere, are the reasons to choose a particular city, university, or residence.
And, while over the past decade the internationalisation of higher education has driven increases in student mobility and therefore demand for student housing, to what extent has this year’s global health and mobility crisis highlighted questions about the sustainability of higher education models?
And the conference, which incorporates The Class of 2020’s Best In Class Awards, will also examine the extent to which institutional investors’ objective to co-create portfolios that are sustainable in terms of impact and return also put the student accommodation sector under pressure.