FIU’s Hollo School of Real Estate ranked No. 1 nationally, No. 2 globally

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FIU real estate faculty: (left to right) Suzanne Hollander, Zhonghua Wu, William G. Hardin, Eli Beracha, Julia Freybote and Zhenguo Lin.

FIU College of Business’ Hollo School of Real Estate ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 globally for its faculty’s real estate research in a study that will be published in the Journal of Real Estate Literature this month.

The Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings highlight the authors and institutions demonstrating achievement in intellectual contributions to the field of real estate over the last five years.

FIU outranked the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University. Internationally, the real estate program placed second to National University of Singapore.

“This ranking mirrors the pride we take in our rigorous, relevant, cutting-edge research,” said William G. Hardin III, director of the program. “In this way, FIU’s Hollo School helps practitioners throughout the world understand the market determinants of success and failure in real estate.”

The real estate program offers graduate, undergraduate, dual degree and online degree programs, including a Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE).  Its unique combination of face-to-face classes and Internet-based live Classroom Capture Technology has led many international real estate leaders with extensive travel schedules to pursue the MSIRE degree. The College of Business program has five full-time faculty members and 93 enrolled students.

“The Hollo School is spearheading innovative research for noted economists and worldwide leaders of the real estate profession,” said Jose Aldrich, acting dean of the College of Business. “Congratulations to director Bill Hardin and this top-notch group of faculty scholars, who bring their expertise and passion for the field of real estate to our classrooms.”

The rankings are based on the number of publications in the top three peer-reviewed real estate journals – the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Research, and Real Estate Economics – from 2011 to August 1, 2015.

Additionally, the research of four FIU Real Estate faculty members were listed in the Top 25 in the inaugural REAL author rankings:

  • William Hardin – No. 5
  • Zhenguo Lin – No. 9
  • Eli Beracha – No. 15
  • Zhonghua Wu – No. 21

“The majority of our faculty members, including those named to the Top 25, also have experience as real estate practitioners, which informs the relevancy and quality of their research,” Hardin said. He also noted that in addition to serving as teachers and professional mentors, faculty members invite leading real estate professionals into the classroom as guest speakers.

“As a result, Hollo School graduates emerge with a unique knowledge base that puts them on the road to professional success in the real estate field.”

The Hollo Real Estate School includes the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute, formed in partnership with the Miami Association of Realtors.


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