Thu, Aug 06, 2020 08:00 PM GMT+8


Investment Opportunities & Trends in UK’s Purpose-built Student Accommodation (PBSA) Sector For 2020

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About this event

2020 could be a strong year for the UK’s purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, according to a report (1) from global real estate firm JLL. World-class universities in the UK are a favourable choice for international students in pursuit of higher education and JLL predicts full-time student numbers to rise by a further half a million by 2030.

According to JLL’s Student Housing Report (2), investor appetite remains robust due to PBSA’s defensive, income-producing characteristics.

Join us in this fireside chat with CBRE’s Director Yin Yeung, as well as Associate Director Kirsten Dyer and Associate Director Riah Patel, as they provide more insights into the demand and supply of PBSA in key UK cities. They will also share how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may impact trends in student housing as well as the latest Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) numbers and their expected impact on UK student accommodation.

Dr Tan Kok Heng, CEO of Sunway RE Capital Advisors (SG) will provide his insight on this and how investors can tap into opportunities in student housing assets.

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Dr Tan Kok Heng

Chief Executive Officer, Sunway RE Capital Advisors (SG)

Dr. Tan has over 29 years of experience in real estate investments and asset management across various sectors globally. He previously served as the CEO of Sime Darby Real Estate Management Pte Ltd and concurrently as the Chief Investment Officer for its Property Group. Before his appointment with Sime Darby Property Berhad, he also held executive appointments as Executive Director of Colliers International (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Managing Director (Business Development & International Business) with CapitaLand Pte Ltd.

Kirsten Dyer

Associate Director, CBRE

Ms Dyer leads the analytics and insight division in the Student Accommodation Valuation & Advisory team, having joined in 2017. She specialises in deriving analytical insight to support strategic decision making. She has provided specialist analytical insight on the student accommodation sector to a varied group of market participants including universities, banks, private operators and developers.

Riah Patel

Associate Director, CBRE

Ms. Patel is an Associate Director and joined CBRE’s Student Accommodation Valuation & Advisory team in April 2019. She has five years of commercial real estate experience and has undertaken instructions in the UK and European student accommodation sector. She is the account valuer for the iQ Student Accommodation portfolio and the GSA Ireland portfolio.

Yin Yeung

Director, CBRE

Mr. Yeung joined CBRE’s Student Accommodation Valuation and Advisory team in 2013. He is a key senior team member and provides advice to a variety of stakeholders in the student housing sector including developers, operators, lenders and universities. He is the lead valuer for a number of sector funds including the Unite Student Accommodation Fund, the London Student Accommodation Venture, Curlew Student Trust, Europa Generation and GSA’s portfolios in UK and Ireland.

About the Sunway RE Capital Advisors (SG)

The company was established with the purpose of establishing and managing a purpose-built student accommodation (“PBSA”) platform with a geographical focus in the United Kingdom (“UK”). There is strong demand from global institutional investors for the PBSA asset class due to the unique combination of the asset class’ defensive counter-cyclical nature, favourable supply-demand dynamics, and the world-class standard of education available in the UK.

Sunway RE Capital Pte Ltd is owned by Sunway Group, which is one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates with core interests in property, construction, education, and healthcare since 1978.

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