Newsletter 5 · Winter 2013
Melon District attended another year to the MIPIM exhibition
At MIPIM, the most influential people and companies of the international real estate sectors meet. This year was no exception and from 12 to 15 March, the city of Cannes received 20,077 participants from 80 different countries.
As a part of its expansion phase, Melon District attended to present its current projects. After the upcoming opening in Paris in late 2014, MD aims to consolidate its presence in the Spanish market by looking for opportunities in Madrid, and also is considering entering in the Italian market, in Rome and in Florence.
Certainly, student housing has evolved in the real estate sector, as a low-risk and high returns asset. To Melon District, this is definitely an opportunity because their business model is based on premium residence halls with high quality services, which is very scarce in the education market which is currently reinforced by the high number in university enrollments and a significant mobility of European and international students.
65 000 students and 215 exhibitors met at the Saló de l’Ensenyament 2013
Melon District participated at the Catalan education fair “Saló de l’Ensenyament” for the second year in a row to introduce its housing services to younger students who visited the fair from 13 to 17 March at the Barcelona Fira exhibition center.
The “Saló de l’Ensenyament” is one of the most important fairs of the education sector in Barcelona. It brings together the most important schools and universities of Catalonia, as well as other influential companies in the sector.
For five days, students have the opportunity to decide their academic career and professional future, since this fair exhibits the best colleges and vocational training studies.
By participating in this fair, Melon District has had more recognition in the Catalan market and among prospective college students looking for a student residence in Barcelona.
Spain and Melon District together at NAFSA 2013
Melon District was at NAFSA 2013, which this year celebrated its 65th edition. It was held from 26 to 31 May in Saint Louis (USA) under the slogan "Ideals and Impact in International Education".
NAFSA is the most important exhibition fair in the United States for companies in the educational sector.
Spain is one of the top destinations for students, and being present at this fair allows Spanish companies to exhibit their products and services in this important geographic area.
Of those students who decide to study in Spain, the vast majority choose Barcelona, as it is still one of the best cities in the world to study in. For this reason, each year Melon District is part of the Spanish pavilion "Study in Spain", to promote the housing services along with other Spanish institutions of the educational sector.
Life at Melon District residences
At Melon District, besides being concerned about making feel the students as comfortable as possible and having adequate spaces for studying and resting, we also want them to enjoy leisure activities to get to know other students. That’s why every academic year we organize several activities inside and outside of the residence, including sports tournaments, cultural tours, outdoor cinema and more.
Since Barcelona is one of the most renowned cities for its culinary culture, we have started some cooking classes at the two residences: Melon District Marina and Melon District Poble Sec. These workshops are offered free of charge to the residents twice a month.
The cooking classes have been fairly popular among the residents, so we will definitely continue them next year, as well as other activities for the students coming this upcoming academic year 2013-2014.
Below you can see a video of a cooking class (healthy cooking) at Melon District.
Barcelona a University city
The Catalan capital has turned into a mecca for higher education, with a total of 160,000 students (between private and public schools) and includes 3,400 Erasmus students, according to the Secretaria d’Universitat i Recerca.
Its wide range of cultural and leisure activities, its exceptional Mediterranean weather and open and multicultural personality, which is committed to modernity and progress make Barcelona the favorite destination for many European and international students.
In recent years, Catalonia boldly moves towards the consolidation of the knowledge society, thanks to its high level university system and research (studyincatalonia.com of the Generalitat de Catalunya). Students admitted to one of the Barcelona’s universities will benefit from the quality of teaching backed by international research.
The increase of university enrollments and the arrival of national and international students, has made the business sector look into this growing market to create new specific services targeted to students, such as reception offices, sports facilities, leisure and most definitely, accommodation options for young students.
photo: europa press/us
Universities are committed to the training of future professionals
University education has become a strategy against the crisis, as is evidenced by the number of students enrolled in Spanish universities in the 2012-2013, according to the "Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte". This strategy is also clear by the importance educational institutions are placing on innovation, research and the continuous improvement of their educational programs and services.
This year on June 11th, 12th and 13th, a total of 30,250 Catalan students took the entrance examinations to University and next June 28th, the results will be sent to the university hopefuls.
University students in their senior year have also shown a high interest in continuing their education, as was witnessed in the Futura Fair held in March at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuic, were they went in search of more academic specialization that would give them a competitive edge compatible with a future job opportunity.
In short, Barcelona’s universities provide high quality education and are committed to the excellence of future professionals aimed at the acquisition of knowledge, values and skills that will enable them to successfully enter the professional world.
Melon District will open a new residence in Paris
Melon District continues its expansion plan started in 2009 with the opening of its second student residence in Barcelona; Melon District Marina, but this time is going for the Paris market.
The initial investment of the project, whose construction has already begun, was made by a partner based in France and amounts to 20 millon euros. The new residence hall will be located in La Défense, a neighborhood in the western part of Paris and will consist of 5000m2 and includes 191 rooms, a laundromat, gym, cafeteria, study hall, garden and a parking lot that will be open to the public in September 2014.
Melon District anticipates increasing its annual revenue by 30% with the opening of this new residence in the French capital.
New year, New website
We all know how important it is to adapt to new trends and have an attractive website for users, which is why Melon District wanted to begin 2013 with a new and improved interactive website.
This new website will allow users to interact with us in an easiest way.
Information is now available in five languages (Spanish, English, Catalan, French and Italian), and you can read all about the two residences, as well as offers, news, events, gastronomy, tips and more.
Navigate in our new website and let us know what you think.
Melon District inspired the creativity school, Brother Barcelona
Brother is a well-known creative school in Latin America that has recently set up in Barcelona. To celebrate its new location opening, in October 2012, it launched a contest where Melon District served as an inspiration to all the participants.
Since the school was looking for creative minds interested in being part of Brother Barcelona’s first generation of students, they held an original contest where contestants had to submit their "worst idea".
Essentially they were looking for the two "least creative people in Spain" to make him/her the best by rewarding them with their 7 month creativity course.
The contest received more than 300 entries! In the end, the winners are Oscar Blasco and Elias Rodriguez. To see their entries, click here.
Melon District is always interested in the continuing education of young people and will continue to support initiatives such as this one.
We launch the call to the 1st contest "Renewing the Melon space"
Melon District will launch at the end of February the first edition of the contest "Renewing the Melon space", with the aim of redesigning some of the spots of its residence hall Melon District Poble Sec. This initiative promotes the talent, creativity and innovative ideas emerging from students of interior design and architecture.
The call is open to all students over 18 who want to participate individually and who are enrolled in a course of a Degree, Post Graduate or Master in the academic year 2012/2013 at any of the centers or Colleges of Interior Design or Architecture, regardless of nationality.
The most original, fun and most "Melon" work will be prized with 2,000 euros and will execute the project in our student’s residence.
Further information and registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of university students had increased
At the end of the academic year 2011-2012 the number of students in the Spanish universities increased 3.1% regarding the previous year, and reaching nearly 1.5 million of students.
The percentage of foreign students also increased 5% and so does the general scholarships with a 14% more than in the last period.
As for the number of people enrolled in a master (about 113 000) had also increased by 7.8%.
The estimation for this academic year 2012-2013 is that about 25,000 new undergraduate students are enrolled in the Spanish universities.
These data show that the Spanish University System had reached historic records about college students, which can be seen in detail in the Spain Ministry of Education website.
CASB celebrates its 5th anniversary
The Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona (CASB), has celebrated its 5th anniversary last January 15th, 2013.
The origin of this project was to offer students from some of the most renowned U.S. universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Brown University, etc., a program that fully involved them into the culture and local universities.
Students are immersed in the local university ambit, attending to the courses in one or more of the four associated universities of Barcelona to the Consortium: the University of Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC).
The program is made to enroll either fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.
From Melon District we sent best compliments to the group for their work in these five years, and we are glad to continue offering our services for the coming years.