Education meets industry to powerful effect

Real estate and property development graduate, Sherifaye Jalloh, was the inaugural recipient of the Oliver Hume Corporation bursary.
Real estate and property development graduate, Sherifaye Jalloh, was the inaugural recipient of the Oliver Hume Corporation bursary.

Property development and real estate students at Griffith University will have an early opportunity to secure a highly sought-after scholarship on their return to lecture theatres.

Real estate industry leader, Oliver Hume Corporation, has confirmed its 2015 bursary will be awarded during the first semester of the year, meaning the successful Griffith student will start to gain valuable industry experience from an early stage.

The industry initiative incorporates a $2500 cash bursary and a six-month paid internship with Oliver Hume. Since its introduction the total value of the bursary has come to almost $18,000.

ChrisAuld.webAndrew Perkins, the Corporation’s National Head of Research, visited Griffith Gold Coast campus in January to officially present the 2014 recipient Sherifaye Jalloh with her cheque.

“This is a very effective example of how industry can combine with education,” he said.

The project has been developed with Griffith lecturer, Dr Shane Barry. “Students in the Real Estate and Property Development major continue to benefit from industry partners such as Oliver Hume,” he said.

The two parties have worked closely to progress and enhance the project, with the Oliver Hume Property Development Process Study Tour now also an integral part. The 2015 study tour will give third year students and up-close-and-personal insight into some major development projects in the Ripley Valley, southwest of Ipswich.

“It gives students on site exposure to developments and the various industry professionals involved,” Dr Barry said.

“The ongoing contributions of industry partners such as Oliver Hume together with the Property Council of Australia (Qld), Urban Development of Australia (Qld) and the Real Estate Institute of Qld provide great opportunities for students of the Bachelor of Business (REPD) to gain industry experience and job opportunities in one of the largest and most diverse industries nationally and globally.

“Griffith University thanks Oliver Hume for their energetic and proactive support of Real Estate and Property Development students.”

Griffith business graduate Sherifaye Jalloh, now a research analyst with Oliver Hume, was last year named the inaugural recipient of the bursary. She accepted the cheque from Mr Perkins and Brinton Keath, Joint Managing Director, Oliver Hume Queensland, at the Gold Coast campus.

Dan Ross, another graduate of the real estate and property development program at Griffith, is currently working as a property research analyst Oliver Hume’s Brisbane office.

Another Griffith graduate Jessica van Rooyen also got the chance to advance her career in the real estate industry through a part-time position in Oliver Hume’s research division on the Gold Coast.