College of Estate Management

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The College of Estate Management (CEM)[1] is a private higher education institution which provides courses by distance learning for people in the property and construction industries throughout the world.[2] It is located at the Whiteknights Campus, Reading, Berkshire.


The College of Estate Management was founded by the "Chartered Auctioneers' and Estate Agent's Institute"[3] in 1919),[4] which in the 1970s became part of the "Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors" (RICS),[5] The college was specifically to serve the property-related Estate Management and Construction industry sectors. The scale of British lives lost in World War 1 had led to a shortage of trained staff to manage the country's estates.[6] In 1938 the College gained recognition from the University of London to provide tuition for its internal degree.[7] An association with the University of Reading goes back to 1967 and the College relocated from Kensington in London to the University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus in 1972.[8]

Today CEM is an independent self-funded charity which has His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as its patron [9] and was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in its own right by the Privy Council, which came into force in January 2013.[10]

Courses and qualifications offered[edit]

A large variety of courses are offered, including programmes accredited by professional bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building.[11] At any one time the College of Estate Management has around 4000 students participating from over 100 different countries.[12]


Notable alumni include:


The College of Estate Management conducts independent, applied research within the industries it serves, which is available as a resource to students and alumni.[16]


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Coordinates: 51°26′24″N 0°56′47″W / 51.44000°N 0.94639°W / 51.44000; -0.94639