GSA Group, which recently moved its Asia Pacific headquarters to Sydney, has expanded its footprint to China.
In a significant step forward in GSA’s rapid expansion into one of the most important higher education markets in the world, GSA is now managing the high profile Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Tsinghua University, one of China’s leading Universities has more than 46,000 students from 120 countries, including more than 15,000 undergraduates and 30,000 graduate students set cross 20 schools and 54 departments.
GSA is managing the newly built state-of-the art Schwarzman College, the academic and residential facility, which features 200 student beds, state-of-the-art teaching facilities including classrooms, auditorium, international conference centre, library, canteen, and on-site gym.
The new facilities have strong environmental and sustainability credentials and have become the first LEED Gold-certified academic building in China.
The GSA team began this project in 2014 in a consultancy/advisory capacity and has subsequently been appointed as Property Manager for the College. As the leading experts in the rapidly globalising student accommodation sector, GSA has helped to create a unique premium living and learning experience for the Schwarzman scholars.
GSA’s Commercial Director for Asia Pacific, Craig Oliver, said the partnership with Schwarzman forms part of the company’s ongoing investment into the rapidly growing higher education sector in China. China is now the third largest destination for international students worldwide and is becoming a powerful force in the higher education landscape.
“In this case, we have worked closely with the Stephen A Schwarzman Education Foundation to deliver a world-class cohesive living and learning environment for global leaders of the future, something we are enormously proud of.”
Mr Oliver said opening in China was an important development for the company has it expanded its global footprint across many of the world’s top higher education destinations.
The official opening of the college was held recently and attended by a host of VIPs including former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is a member of the program’s advisory board, China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Stephen Schwarzman, founder of the scholars program and Chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, and GSA Chairman Nicholas Porter.