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Fordham’s Real Estate Institute and the Kyiv School of Economics to Examine the Urban Redevelopment of War-Torn Ukraine


Haphazard regional development and unbalanced growth in post-Soviet Ukraine were already significant challenges before the war. Post-war realities will only exacerbate social and economic developments that were lacking clear, coherent solutions. 

As a direct response, Fordham’s Real Estate Institute and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) will launch a series of virtual symposia to examine the foundation and future of residential, commercial, and industrial real estate activities in the aftermath of the conflict in Ukraine. The partnership seeks to build an intellectual foundation for a strong and innovative economy of Ukraine as well as develop the real estate services, public policy, and governance needed for a thriving and viable real estate ecosystem.

“Well-trained urban economists and real estate specialists are a fundamental requirement to build a socially inclusive and economically sustainable system of Ukrainian cities. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues from the Fordham University Real Estate Institute and The Counselors of Real Estate in launching new educational initiatives at KSE,” said Mihnea Constantinescu, Ph.D., head of research at the National Bank of Ukraine and visiting scholar and academic director of Kyiv School of Economics’ urban development program.

The first symposium will take place on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Eastern European Standard Time (12 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Zoom and will feature a presentation by The Counselors of Real Estate, an international consortium of credentialed real estate problem solvers that has advised towns and cities in the aftermath of destruction. 

“This reflects the commitment to cutting-edge thinking and applied knowledge characteristic of these three organizations: Fordham University Real Estate Institute, the Kyiv School of Economics, and The Counselors of Real Estate,” said Neil B. Madsen, CRE, who is a founding principal of Madsen Advisors, LLC; board member of The Counselors of Real Estate’s New York Metropolitan chapter; an adjunct professor at Fordham’s Real Estate Institute; and head of thought leadership on its REI Executive Advisory Council.

Serge Reda, real estate development curriculum chair and adjunct instructor,” said that the MSRED is another big milestone for Fordham’s Real Estate Institute and another option for students looking to enter—or advance within—the business of real estate.

“The core requirements of the 36-credit graduate program are designed to foster the creative, team-building, and entrepreneurial aspects of the development process and ensure that every graduate will gain a unique and integrated set of legal, physical, analytical, and project management skills required for success in the multidisciplinary world of real estate development,” said Reda. “The curriculum blends theoretical and applied analysis, in-depth research, and project simulation to develop the collaborative, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities that will provide students with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.”

Media Contact: Whitney Bowers, Co-Communications Inc. 


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