The Class Conference returns

Join The Class of 2020 in Lisbon for the leading student living event in Europe

With 600+ attendees, The Class of 2020 conference is the perfect opportunity to expand your network and meet experts in the field – all while taking part in an extensive programme of panel discussions, interactive sessions, and city tours.  

Following annual conferences on student living in Amsterdam and Vienna, the 2020 team were looking for a city that represented its objective to form successful collaborations between universities, cities, and the real-estate sector. Lisbon’s vibrant city-life and dynamic start-up scene make it the perfect example of what can be achieved when we come together to embrace the needs and wants of our time. 

The protagonist of Lisbon being its start-up scene – an element that has radically changed the city’s urban and social fibre. Thanks to collaborations between cities, such as the recent start-up accelerator partnerships with Amsterdam and Tel Aviv, paired with the active involvement of city leaders and higher education institutions, the entrepreneurial spirit shaped a city that is equally irresistible to students, companies, and young professionals. 

An ecosystem of successful partnerships has revolutionised Lisbon’s dynamics, and it has created a place where innovation and development lead the way. Lisbon achieved fifth place on most affordable student cities in Europe according to a recent Uniplaces report, which naturally make it a top destination for international full-degree and Erasmus students. 

How can universities, cities, and the real-estate sector come together to provide the necessary amenities that create an environment young talents are drawn to? As students become young professionals, these different communities can shape the generation of tomorrow by building living spaces that go far beyond a bed. Lisbon’s low cost of living, paired with its welcoming mentality and the city’s efforts to promote its title as innovation hub, have made the city a leading destination for international students. Higher education institutions play a significant role in such accomplishment, due to their implementation of English courses and an educational system that can cater directly to internationals. 

On November 15–16, 2017, the conference will once again be bringing together universities, city officials, and the real-estate developers, investors, and providers to explore the housing typologies today’s students and young talents seek and thrive in. 

Participants will learn about concrete strategies on the implementation of successful partnerships and adaptation of similar, yet unique, talent attraction techniques for their own landscape. 

The interactive panels will draw on various topics surrounding student living, such as ‘The Co-Revolution’, where an analysis how our society has drastically changed thanks to the creation of communities based on living and working spaces will take place. 

The ‘Crafting Talent Ecosystems’ discussion with top entrepreneurs will include how cooperation leads to urban development and feeds into the enterprising spirit. 

The Class Conference of 2017 will set the stage for a new dynamic between universities and cities so that young talents can be inspired to succeed. 

So meet The Class of 2020 and its international network, and see how you can benefit from all The Class Conference 2017 has to offer.  

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