Editorial for Special Issue
S. E. Ong
K. W. Chau
Published online: 23 September 2008
Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008
Since 2003, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and National University of
Singapore (NUS) symposium on real estate research has attracted high quality real
estate researchers in Asia. For 2007, the symposium is held under the Association of
Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) umbrella, jointly with Tsinghua University and
University of Southern California (USC).
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a consortium of 37
leading research universities in the Pacific Rim that aims to foster education,
research and enterprise so as to contribute to the economic, scientific and cultural
advancement in the Pacific Rim. APRU recognizes that its activities can be powerful
catalysts for expanding educational, economic, and technological cooperation among
the Pacific Rim economies. In this regard, the APRU Real Estate Research
Symposium provides an important networking platform that facilitates knowledge
exchange and professional development of researchers in real estate.
We were pleased that David Downs, John Quigley, Timothy Riddiough, James
Shilling, and Tsur Somervillle were able to join this symposium and in particular, we
wish to thank NUS President Shih Choon Fong for the opening speech.
We are very pleased to bring together this special issue for the Journal of Real
Estate Finance and Economics based on selected papers submitted to the 2007
APRU Symposium on Real Estate Research. We trust that Journal of Real Estate
Finance & Economics readers will find these papers, with a distinct international and
Asian favor, interesting.
J Real Estate Finance Econ (2009) 38:193
S. E. Ong (*)
National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
K. W. Chau
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA