Benefits of Partnership


Partners receive discounts on our Professional Education Certificate Program and courses. Not only do individual partner employees expand their knowledge base in MIT’s unique learning environment, but they disseminate that knowledge throughout their firm.

Research & Collaboration

Partners have early access to the Center’s innovative, interdisciplinary, industry-relevant research products and data. The Center’s current major research initiatives include the Commercial Real Estate Data Laboratory (CREDL), New Century Cities (NCC), and International Housing.

Partners may receive priority in mentoring, sponsoring student theses, and working with students on their research. By collaborating with students to define the focus of their research, partners benefit from initiatives relevant to their firms. In addition to exposing students to real-world problems, partners gain invaluable research-driven insights into important current issues.

Hiring future leaders

Our students are rigorously qualified and exceptionally dedicated. Partners have priority access to the Center’s graduate students through our Student Placement Program.

Partners receive advance copies of student profiles and resumes, priority participation in recruiting events, as well as assistance matching students’ skills to partners’ needs. Partners establish early relationships with future industry leaders, and many partners have hired our students immediately upon graduation. As young entrepreneurial real estate professionals, they will contribute to your enterprise’s success from day one. Adding talented professionals to your team, while saving human resources costs and recruitment fees, is a significant partnership benefit.

International Networking

In the increasingly globally interconnected marketplace, partners enjoy trans-national collaboration on many levels. Most prominently, partners benefit from the Center’s growing network of foreign graduates who work in approximately 26 real estate markets around the globe. The Center also maintains a focus on extending the scope of its programs across international borders and facilitating country-specific market intelligence and relationships.

Shaping the Curriculum & the Industry’s Future

Partner organizations can help develop the Center’s MSRED curriculum in numerous ways. Some partners, for instance, make regular presentations in MSRED classes. Others serve as resources for student team projects. By engaging in the MSRED curriculum in these ways and more, partners can hone their skills in presentation, consultation, and mentoring. Partners establish relationships that may generate long-term returns, and benefit from exceptional opportunities to learn through research.

The Center’s innovative research initiatives are changing the nature of real estate. By playing meaningful roles in these initiatives, partners can become shareholders in the market trends of the future.

Conferences, Seminars, & Courses

Throughout the year, the Center produces numerous annual and special conferences, seminars, and courses that link industry practitioners with key research, including:

MIT/CRE provides Partners with special opportunities to take part in Center events on a priority basis, as well as with offerings specifically tailored for Partners.

Additional Benefits for Sustaining Partners

While all the above benefits are available to Supporting Partners, a higher level of partnership is available to those who engage at a more strategic level in the operations of the Center. Sustaining Partners receive the following additional benefits:

  • Advisory Board
    A representative of the Sustaining Partner firm may serve on the Center’s Advisory Board. This select body helps shape the strategic vision, direction, and agenda of the Center.
  • Private Dinner with an MIT luminary (or other highly distinguished speaker)
    A dinner for Sustaining Partners will be held the evening before the annual conference. Past speakers who have addressed the partnership include Lester Thurow, Paul Samuelson, and Stewart Myers.
  • MSRED Guest Lecturer
    Sustaining Partners will be offered an opportunity to be a guest lecturer in an MSRED course (in coordination with the course instructor).
  • Guest Participation in Seminars & Annual Conference
    Sustaining Partners may bring additional guests from their firm to Center-sponsored seminars and CRE’s annual conference at no charge.

For questions or additional information, please email Steve Weikal, Head of Industry and Alumni Relations