Property Administrators are in luck. The University of Zaragoza, through the Comuniter Chair, has this year launched the first Master’s Degree in Property Administration in Aragon, a pioneering course in Spain that has been created to fill a gap in the specific and comprehensive training of administrators, and which will allow the sector to become more professional and offer the competencies and skills necessary for its practice. The master’s degree is promoted by Manuel Baile, general director of Comuniter and the chair of the same name.
The teaching of the degree will start on 15 February and will be taught (at least for the time being) online. Thanks to online teaching, the aim is also to reach professionals from all over Spain.
In total, there are 30 modules, 600 hours of specialisation in property management, to improve in areas such as communication, business organisation, mediation, legislation, business marketing, economic and taxation skills and applied technology.
The training is aimed at professionals who want to specialise in the sector and who already have some of the related studies such as law, economics, engineering… but who need to delve into another series of disciplines in order to gain a global understanding of the property management business.
The master’s degree will provide students with communication tools, both face-to-face and virtual, personal and professional development tools, and applied technological knowledge.
The studies are directed by Sergio Salinas, Professor of Public Law. The modules will be taught by recognised professionals in the practice of property administration and prestigious professors, doctors and professors of the University of Zaragoza.
Some of the experts who will be teaching on the master’s degree are Isabel Bajo, president of the Madrid Association of Property Administrators; José Antonio Alaya, journalist; and Víctor Martos, president of the COAATZ in Zaragoza.
The Comuniter Chair, now in its third year, aims to promote and generate ideas for the improvement of the Property Management sector, but from the academic and research world.
During this time, the Chair has organised conferences and meetings between professionals (not only property administrators, but also suppliers and other related agents) in which around thirty people have participated in each session to analyse and debate the future of the profession. “The Master’s degree takes up what we were planting during the Chair’s meetings”, explains Manuel Bailo. “It is true that there are other degrees in other universities, but this degree is very focused on professionalisation”, insists Bailo.
Comuniter, the property management company of which Manuel Bailo is managing director, is in the process of expansion, although he recognises that it is “very difficult” to find professionals already trained in property management. “Before, there was no formal training for this professional profile, because it is an interdisciplinary job. It is not only necessary to talk about laws, but also about installations, lifts, boilers or façades, and to know how to deal with an owners’ meeting, which is something we are going to dramatise in the master’s degree,” Bailo says.
“Specialisation is necessary and that is why people need to be trained. At Comuniter, we wanted to promote this degree that allows us to specialise professionals who are in demand right now but in short supply”. In fact, Bailo recognises that “there are already very good professionals in the sector, but they are active profiles, already practising”.
“As soon as people know that the master’s degree exists, there will be many people interested because it is a fully professionalising master’s degree. There is work in the property management sector”, he announces.
The contents that will be taught during the Master’s course are as follows:
- Horizontal Property
- The Professional Office of the Present
- Applied Overview Of Office Tools
- Public Speaking
- Land Registry and Cadastre
- Service Contracts
- Town Planning Law
- Labour Law
- Commercial Law
- Civil Law
- Emotional Intelligence
- Conflict Management
- Teamwork and Leadership
- Time Management
- Theatralisation of the Owners’ Meeting
- Applied Accounting
- Applied Taxation
- The Present And Future Of Building Conservation And Maintenance
- Virtual Communication
- Cost Analysis
- Customer Attraction and Loyalty
- Professional Branding
- Success Management
- Digital Marketing
- The Professional Practice Of The Future. Where we are going