Industry-education partnership leads to new certificate program


Industry-education partnership leads to new certificate program


Halifax, NS – Mount Saint Vincent University and the Homburg Institute today announced a partnership to offer an innovative new certificate program for real estate professionals.

The Executive Certificate in Real Estate Development, to launch in the fall of 2016, will be a one-year professional development program offered primarily online through the Mount’s Distance Learning department, in collaboration with the department of Business and Tourism.

“We’re excited to be offering this program linking the Mount’s excellent Business faculty with real estate industry professionals,” said Dr. Peter Mombourquette, chair of Business and Tourism. “Through online classes and lectures, professionals will be able to participate from anywhere in the world.” The program will be of particular interest to new commercial real estate professionals, aspiring developers, and those in related fields such as banking.

Homburg Institute’s Phillip Homburg is collaborating with Dr. Mombourquette to prepare for the program’s inaugural class. “We have identified the need for greater education, especially in the area of commercial real estate. We hope that this program will bring a greater understanding of both the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in Atlantic Canada,” said Homburg, President of the online real estate education firm.

The program will be delivered in five online modules, taking about 12 months in total to complete. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals of private real estate investment; finance, risk management and valuation; real estate development management; and law and strategic negotiation. Participants will also complete an independent project. Mount faculty from the Business and Tourism department, along with instructors from the Homburg Institute, will deliver the program to about 12 participants in the first year.

About Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for

having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development.

About the Homburg Institute

Founded in 2008, the Homburg Institute aims to advance the practice and knowledge of real estate by fostering innovation, original discovery, and new insight on all aspects of the built environment and to promote the dissemination of knowledge through professional development training and education courses. In order to achieve this goal the Homburg Institute draws on the knowledge and experience of a faculty of more than 70 experts in every aspect of the field of real estate.


For more information:

Gillian Batten
Public Affairs
Mount Saint Vincent University 902-457-6439

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