Finalists Announced: 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe

(LONDON) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Hines, the international real estate firm, can today reveal the eight finalists for its 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe, which takes place on 21st April 2021.

Now in its second year, and in light of Covid-19, the competition provides a compelling opportunity for the winners to receive fast-track access to Hines’ internship programme as well as a free year’s membership to ULI. The team challenge pits students from a diverse range of universities, business schools and further education establishments across Europe, against one another to test their skills and knowledge about real estate and land-use in a practical case study about the changing shape of office environments. The finalists are:

  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark;
  • EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Germany;
  • IESE Business School, Spain;
  • INSEAD, France;
  • London Business School, United Kingdom;
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy;
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; and
  • University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

On the day of the final, students will work in teams of four on the topical challenge of the future of the workplace, which will assess their understanding of how offices will evolve and remain connected to the communities in which they operate.

The competition provides a unique opportunity for students to gain real life experience working on a project across multidisciplinary functions including design, development, investment and finance, as well as social and environmental issues that impact decisions around land-use and sustainable development. The winning team members will receive:

  • a fast-track to the Hines internship programme;
  • a guided tour of a live project and participation in project meetings in Hines’ European offices (as travel restrictions allow); and,
  • a one-year ULI membership – providing access to research content, events, webinars, education and mentorship programmes, knowledge sharing and connections with a multidisciplinary global network of real estate and land use professionals.

Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe, said: “Due to the high-quality number of applications it was a challenge to whittle it down to just eight finalists which is testament to the standard of entries and the range of submissions, from a diverse array of educational establishments, we received this year. The competition provides an incredible opportunity for the finalists to gain exposure to senior real estate leaders and test their knowledge on current real estate issues, with the winners receiving fast-track entry to the Hines internship programme. We are very proud of our long-term commitment to the ULI to connect with, and support, young professionals while broadening out the talent pool to attract innovative and diverse talent into our fantastic industry."

Lisette van Doorn, CEO of ULI Europe, said: “We are very proud of the collaboration with Hines, one of our key corporate partners, with whom we have jointly developed the ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe. We are delighted to have received more entries this year than before, which have been to a very high standard. It is important to attract and retain the best talent to our industry who can help support us at ULI in our mission of shaping the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. This competition is a perfect example of everything ULI stands for with such a geographically diverse and multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on thought-leadership, learning and sharing best practices. It helps us to support the younger generation as they start their career in real estate and we benefit from the innovative ideas of the future leaders of our industry to collectively solve the challenges ahead.”

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About Hines

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 225 cities in 25 countries. Hines has approximately $144.1 billion¹ of assets under management, including $75.5 billion for which Hines serves as investment manager, including non-real estate assets, and $68.6 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 165 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,426 properties, totaling over 472 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 576 properties, representing over 246 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. ¹AUM includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM.

Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include offices in 16 cities as well as a presence in 55 cities in 13 countries, with €22.7 billion of assets under management, including €19.8 billion for which Hines serves as an investment manager and €2.9 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services, in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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About ULI Hines Student Competition

The ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe is based on a U.S. version, which was established in 2002. Longtime ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organisation, created the competition with a generous endowment after he received the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2002. For further information about the original competition, visit:

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has over 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land us and development disciplines. ULI has over 4,000 members in Europe across 15 National Council country networks. For more information, please visit, follow us on Twitter or follow our LinkedIn page.