Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Academy
More and more high-specification buildings are being developed across China, especially in the mainland.
To help property-management professionals keep up with new trends, Jones Lang LaSalle has established the Real Estate Academy, School of Property and Asset Management in Greater China.
The academy offers courses to corporate clients that can be tailor-made depending on their training demands. It has four learning centres located in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
Courses help prepare participants to manage various types of developments, such as super-tall buildings, green buildings, townships, shopping centres, bar streets, pedestrian streets and serviced apartments.
'We allow clients to choose what they want to focus on,' says James Wong, Jones Lang LaSalle head of property and asset management for Greater China. 'Nowadays property management has become highly specialised. Different knowledge is required for managing different properties.'
The academy takes a practical approach to training participants. 'For example, when we teach serviced-apartment management, we are not confined to talking about theories in the classroom. We will bring students to a serviced apartment to show how things are done and give them a chance to try things out,' says Wong.
Another aim is to help industry newcomers bridge the gap between theory and practice. 'Many graduates from property management are familiar with theories but lack real-life working experience,' says Wong.