2014 Conference a Success!

Over 260 participants from 20 countries gathered in Amsterdam on November 12 to discuss the future of student housing in Europe. It was an incredibly inspiring and exciting day. We would like to thank all our speakers, partners, sponsors, exhibitors and especially our attendees for making The Class of 2020 conference edition 2014 such a success!

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The Class of 2020 Conference 2014 – ‘Millennials take the Spotlight’

On 12 November 2014 the fourth annual Class of 2020 European Student Housing Conference will take place in Amsterdam. The full day event will feature leadership from across Europe (and beyond) involved in Student Accommodation and Higher Education Trends. This is THE forum to learn about the European Student Housing market, expand your knowledge and your network in an inspiring environment.

Click here for more information about the conference programme!

Click here for detailed information on the Speakers.

BREAKFAST MEETING: LIVING & LEARNING: How Accommodation impacts the International Student Experience

What: Breakfast meeting: Living & Learning: How Accommodation impacts the International Student Experience
When: 17 September 2014 from 8.00 – 9.30 AM*
Where: Holiday Inn Prague Conference Center
Cost: Free for EAIE conference attendants & The Class of 2020 partners
RSVP: Via info@classof2020.nl (limited availability)

> Explore trends in International student accommodation:

- Impact of International student accommodation on the student experience;
- How accommodation can increase student retention;
- Creating live & learn communities;
- How to integrate accommodation into the value proposition to international students

> Best practices: what works and what does not?
> Exploring partnership models between HEI’s and Accommodation Providers.
> Setting an agenda: goals and next steps

1. The impact of accommodation on the student experience: an introduction by The Class of 2020.
2. Moderated panel discussion with (pictured below):

  • Arnold Persoon: StudyGroup / EAIE
  • Jacqueline van Marle: The Hague University
  • Frank Uffen: The Class of 2020 / The Student Hotel
  • Wouter Onclin: The Class of 2020

3. Drawing conclusions and defining next steps.

Persoon-Arnold    VanMarle-Jacqueline  Uffen-Frank  Onclin-Wouter

Register by sending an email to info@classof2020.nl with “RSVP Living & Learning Breakfast” in the subject line, and include your name, title and organization. Availability is limited. Breakfast is included with the event.

This Breakfast Meeting is not part of the official EAIE program, so registration cannot be done via the EAIE conference organization.

* For those attending a 9AM workshop session, we will create the opportunity to leave this Breakfast session at 8.50AM.

The Class of 2020 is the leading platform and think tank on student housing in Europe. Our goal is to transform the student accommodation market throughout Europe into a market that is transparent, professional and sophisticated. We are a partner based non-profit foundation operating out of Amsterdam. One of our goals is to better connect the worlds of Higher Education Institutions and Accommodation providers in order to jointly offer the best student Experience.

Partner excursion to Barcelona

On 19 and 20 June, The Class of 2020 organized its second annual off-site excursion. This year, representatives of our partners travelled to Barcelona. Aimed at learning about developments in the student accommodation and higher education communities, to get to know each other better, and to attend the first Class of 2020 partner strategy meeting.

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Our partner Melon District was our host, and together with colleagues from RESA they organized a program that was inspirational, informative and fun. We toured Melon District’s Marina property – with roof top swimming pools they represent the luxury segment of the Student Accommodation community. RESA gave us a tour of Pere Felipe Monlau, their oldest Barcelona property that was opened in 1997 and is currently in the process of being renewed.

At the Universities Department Headquarters of the Generalitat de Catalunya we learned about the Catalonian university system and how it is working together with the private sector (also in accommodation) to market the region as a destination for students.

To capture the great atmosphere, Melon District created the video below. On behalf of all Class of 2020 partners we would like to thank Melon District and Resa for organizing an amazing two days in one of Europe’s great cities.