CoreNet Global Academic Challenge
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CoreNet Global Academic Challenge

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Your ideas could earn you world travel and global networking with the greatest minds in corporate real estate.

We invite students from around the world to think creatively about a problem facing real estate professionals for renowned companies like Google, Duke Energy, AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, and many others. Challenge your mind power by competing with your peers from around the world. Gain international experience. Connect with experts. Win US $5,000 for your team.

You and your teammates will engage in a contest with competing institutions from all over the globe. Your job is to address challenges like creating an employee experience that attracts millennials while retaining all other generations of employees; or reducing the gap between the speed of business and the typical speed of real estate.

Budding professionals welcome! We’re seeking your ingenuity and creativity. The competition is open to all students (undergraduate/graduate, full-time/part-time) who are currently registered at a recognized university. All past Academic Challenge presentations are viewable in the online Knowledge Center.

All competitions are open to students from all over the world; there is no registration fee.


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Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

Create strategies that align their company’s global real estate portfolio with a focus on environmental stewardship in a post-pandemic culture. Specifically, your team must develop a proactive strategy that identifies the aspects of the company’s global real estate portfolio which contribute to climate change and prepare strategies to mitigate and replace them.

How can corporate real estate professionals take a leadership role in helping their companies solve what is becoming an existential crisis? Will there be a lasting impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and forthcoming health and safety protocols and practices on the environment and climate change?

2021 Virtual Competition - REGISTER TODAY!!

  • Read the competition brief (PDF)
  • Registrations must be complete by 30 November 2020.

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield, KI, and IA: Interior Architects for their support of this important program:

Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

develop a proactive strategy to: (a) “Recession-proof”, to the extent possible, the corporate real estate portfolio, (b) continue to support the business objectives of the corporation and (c) ensure that such a strategy does not negatively impact the company in the unlikely event that a recession does not materialize.

Virtual Competition winner: TU Delft!

Virtual finalists:

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Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

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Trophy iconDelft University of Technology

The University of Sydney

University of Sydney

Orange County winner: Vanderbilt University!

Orange County finalists:

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Breda University of Applied Sciences

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

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University of Washington, Seattle, WA

University of Washington

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield, KI, and IA: Interior Architects for their sponsorship of this important program.

Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

Identify the potential technology disruptors your team believes are most likely to impact your client’s global corporate real estate footprint. Then, create short-term and long-term strategies that put corporate real estate at the forefront of technological innovation – and enable business success.

Hong Kong winner: University of Melbourne!

Hong Kong finalists:

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

The University of Melbourne

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Boston winner: National University of Singapore!

Boston finalists:

National University of Singapore

Trophy icon National University of Singapore

Temple University

Temple University

University

University of South Carolina

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield and KI for their sponsorship of this important program.

Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

How to reduce risk in a company’s worldwide physical footprint (i.e., real estate portfolio) and thereby reduce overall risk exposure to the corporation.

Singapore winner: Georgia Institute of Technology!

Singapore finalists:

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Inidian Institute of Technology Madras Logo

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

National University of Singapore Logo

National University of Singapore

Seattle, WA winner:  Emory University!

Seattle finalists:

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Columbia University

Delft University of Technology Logo

Delft University of Technology

Emory University Logo

Trophy icon Emory University

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield and KI for their sponsorship of this important program.

Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

How to attract, retain, and motivate the next generation of knowledge workers.

Shanghai winner: University of Cincinnati!

Shanghai finalists:

Georgia Institute of Technology Logo

Georgia Institute of Technology

Inidian Institute of Technology Madras Logo

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

University of Cincinnati Logo

Trophy icon University of Cincinnati

Philadelphia winner: University of Illinois!

Philadelphia finalists:

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Eindhoven University of Technology

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Logo

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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University of Huston

University of Illinois

Trophy icon University of Illinois

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield for their sponsorship of this important program.

Student teams from universities and academic institutions around the world are invited to compete in an academic challenge in which students will be asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe:

Determine how to close the gap between the speed of real estate and the speed of business — all within the context of an uncertain global environment. Provide a strategic solution that optimizes a corporate real estate portfolio and positions the corporation for the greatest flexibility and success.

Los Angeles winner: Tsinghua University!

Los Angeles finalists:

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tsinghua University Logo

Trophy icon Tsinghua University

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Logo

University of Nottingham, Malaysia

CoreNet Global is grateful to Cushman & Wakefield for their sponsorship of this important program.


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