The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will launch a real estate center that will offer a curriculum of practice-oriented courses all thanks to a hefty donation from the university’s regent and alumnus, Ron Weiser.
Named after Weiser, the Weiser Center for Real Estate was announced just recently by the UM Board of Regents. Students will be able to learn from seasoned real estate professionals in the business and be able to keep up with the high competition in the field.
According to Weiser, “I look forward to the center becoming the hub for real estate at the university and Ross.” The Weiser Center is expected to have a joint partnership with different schools across the university’s campus, including the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Dean of the Ross School of Business at Um, Scott DeRue, stated that, “Students will gain knowledge, skills, and connections they need to launch successful careers in real estate. They will also learn how real estate plays an important role in all types of businesses, and how understanding the principles of real estate is essential for managing global and distributed organizations. The center’s engagement with industry professionals and companies will elevate our reputation as a leading center of excellence in this exciting field.”
Undergraduate and graduate courses on real estate involving finance, law, investing, asset and property management, and sustainable development are some of the platforms that the center will offer. Students will have the chance to work with a couple of real estate firms and programs such as the Ross School’s Multidisciplinary Action Projects.
Weiser graduated from Michigan Ross and is part of class 1996. He founded McKinley, Inc. which is a real estate investment company situated in Ann Arbor. Aside from being the former U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, he served as the chairman of the Michigan Republic Party from 2009-2011 and from 2017-2019.
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