FAVOURABLE market conditions and strong demand for qualified graduates have led to strong interest in Curtin University’s property degree.
Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer a property degree, and the number of students enrolling in the post-graduate and undergraduate course is steadily increasing, according to Professor of Property Studies Dominique Fischer.
A strong supporter of the Curtin program is the Property Education Foundation, a private sector initiative established to provide funds for the development of property education in WA.
The foundation has recently announced three new awards for graduate property students – for outstanding performance in the graduate certificate in property investment, the graduate diploma in property, and the masters in property.
Professor Fischer said Curtin had about 40 students in graduate property programs, and 120 undergraduates in the property degree. These numbers are a significant increase on enrolments of a few years ago, and numbers look like they are going to keep increasing, he said.
“The numbers of students have increased a lot because market conditions are excellent,” Professor Fischer said.
“There is a very high demand for more qualified graduates. Western Australia right now has it all – land, demand and capital.”
There are currently nine undergraduate scholarship awards on offer at Curtin, six provided by the foundation and an additional three sponsored by CB Richard Ellis, Stockland and Australand.
The scholarships are judged by a Curtin committee and are announced at the end of the university semester.