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Welcome to the IREBS Immobilienakademie of the University of Regensburg. Formerly known as IREBS Real Estate Academy, IREBS Executive Education is an Institute of the University of Regensburg.

IREBS Executive Education offers a variety of part-time study programmes, including short courses, real estate seminars, and corporate programmes at various locations in Germany. Over 7,500 students have already benefited from our educational offerings, making significant strides in their careers. Many of our graduates now hold leadership positions in successful companies.

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Discovering our nature and the motivations that guide us

Why our alumni recommend IREBS Executive Education

A significant number of our students join us through word-of-mouth recommendations. In addition to our exceptional education and extensive network, our alumni consistently commend our outstanding service. Pursuing a part-time programme brings its own set of challenges, but our dedicated team at IREBS Executive Education assists students in overcoming them with expertise. Throughout the years, we have continuously enhanced and expanded our services based on valuable feedback from our accomplished graduates.

Academic level professional training and executive education in focus

At IREBS Executive Education, we place great importance not only on knowledge in the field of real estate but also on academic level professional education. We are members of the German Association for University Continuing and Distance Learning (DGWF), collaborating with around 300 members from universities and educational institutions to foster innovative ideas for advancing professional education.

Top ranking continuing education institution

In the 2012 university ranking carried out by Immobilien Zeitung, the IREBS Executive Education claimed the top position. The professional education academy received an "excellent" rating in the category "Overall Programme". Additionally, the IREBS Executive Education outperformed its competition in four distinct categories, encompassing practical relevance, course structure and organization, professors, and learning environment.


Head of IREBS Executive Education

Prof. Dr. Tobias Just (FRICS)

IREBS Executive Education is under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Tobias Just (FRICS), a renowned expert in the field of real estate. He holds the position of Chair of Real Estate Economics at the IREBS Institute of Regensburg University. IREBS International Real Estate Business School is one of the leading Real Estate Departments worldwide. Additionally, he is highly regarded as a speaker, frequently sharing his valuable insights and assessments on real estate matters through television appearances.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae


Appointment as honorary member of Society of Property Researchers, Germany (gif - Gesellschaft für Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung e. V.)


Co-opted member of the Economic Policy Committee of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik)

2017 Honorary appointment as a Fellow (FRICS) by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
2016 - 2023 Member of the Supervisory Board of Helaba Invest Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH


Selected as one of the top 100 influential economists nationwide in the ranking conducted by F.A.Z. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
2015 - 2018

Board member of ZIA (Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e. V.)

since 2015 Editor of German Journal of Real Estate Research (ZIÖ - Zeitschrift für Immobilienökonomie)
2015 - 2021 President of Society of Property Researchers, Germany (gif - Gesellschaft für Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung e. V.)
2013 Recognised as the foremost figure in the real estate industry (according to prominent real estate journalists)
2013 - 2015 Vice president of Society of Property Researchers, Germany (gif - Gesellschaft für Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung e. V.)
2012 - 2015 Board Member of the Initiative for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry (Initiative Corporate Governance der deutschen Immobilienwirtschaft e. V.)
2012 - 2018 Executive Committee Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
since 2011 Professor of Real Estate Economics at the University of Regensburg, concurrently holding the positions of academic director and managing director at IREBS Executive Education
2010 Habilitation at the TU Berlin
2008 Head of Industry and Real Estate Market Analysis at Deutsche Bank Research
2006 Research Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC
since 2004 Lecturer at IREBS Executive Education

Senior Economist at Deutsche Bank Research specializing in construction and real estate-related topics, responsible for the development of industry analysis tools

PhD in Globalization and Ideology from the Helmut Schmidt University (Science Award 2001 from the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg)
Degree programmes in Economics completed at the University of Hamburg in Germany, and University of Uppsala in Sweden
Professional training as a Wholesale and Export Merchant at Otto-Versand in Hamburg

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Research areas
Research areas
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Just (FRICS) is a renowned expert in the field of real estate economics. His research focus areas include:
  • Office real estate markets/Co-Working
  • Demographics and real estate
  • Retail properties and logistics properties
  • Commercial real estate financing; German Debt Project
  • Real estate bubbles and how to identify them
  • Real estate and innovation
  • Long-term trends in real estate markets
  • Proptech
  • Urban development, importance of cities
  • Residential real estate markets
  • Housing policy
Selection of lectures or presentations
Selection of lectures or presentations

Michael Zingel

Since February 2020, Mr. Michael Zingel has been responsible as the Commercial Managing Director and Programme Director for the areas of Sales and Controlling, as well as the organization and development of study programmes at the Academy. With over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Mr. Zingel brings extensive expertise to his position. Prior to joining the management team at the IREBS Executive Education, he held various roles, including transaction, restructuring, or strategic consulting, and relationship management for corporates as part of a comprehensive business development approach.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae
since Februar 2020

Managing Director of IREBS Immobilienakademie GmbH

since August 2019

Member of the Managing Board and Head of Business Development at IREBS Immobilienakademie GmbH


Lecturer in International Financial Management (Real Estate Investments) at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen

2015–2019 Director/Authorised Manager in the Corporate Solutions division at Jones Lang LaSalle SE
2014 Executive Master's in Real Estate (M.A.), EBS University

Real Estate Economist (EBS), study programme in Real Estate Investment Management, EBS University

2006–2015 Manager/Authorized Manager in the Real Estate Strategic Advisory Services division at Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH

Degree in Financial Services from Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences (Graduated Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH))

Professional training as a Bank Clerk at Kreissparkasse Westerwald-Sieg

Company history of IREBS Executive Education

The IREBS Executive Education has a rich history in the field of real estate education, starting with the launch of its Contact Study Programme in Real Estate Economics in 1990. As a pioneer in the industry, the academy quickly gained recognition for its innovative approach to professional development. Originally affiliated with EBS University, the academy relocated to the University of Regensburg in 2006. This move presented an opportunity for the academy to become an integral part of the renowned IREBS International Real Estate Business School and contribute to the development of one of the largest academic real estate centres worldwide. The academy's success is attributed to the unwavering support of esteemed real estate companies, passionate lecturers, and dedicated staff members who have all played a vital role in its growth and achievements.

Drivin Force behind the prestigious RICS

In Continental Europe, the IREBS Executive Education has been a driving force behind the world-leading professional association, RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), which sets high standards for expertise and professional ethics in the real estate industry. Additionally, as a member of the Corporate Governance Initiative, the Academy is committed to the “Principles of proper and fair management of the real estate industry” (Grundsätzen ordnungsmäßiger und lauterer Geschäftsführung der Immobilienwirtschaft). Upholding responsible and transparent corporate governance is of utmost importance, driven by our unwavering dedication to professionalism, fairness, and integrity in all our interactions with business partners.

Change in management after over 20 years

The Real Estate Academy was founded in 1990 by Prof. Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte and his wife, Dr. Gisela Schulte-Daxbök. On November 1, 2011, Prof. Dr. Tobias Just, former Head of Research at Deutsche Bank, assumed the role of Academic Director of the Real Estate Academy.

Renowned founders

Prof. Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte provided the real estate industry with its first academic home over the past decades, driving its professionalization forward through his teaching and research endeavors. Since 1994, Prof. Dr. Schulte has held the Chair of Real Estate Economics, establishing real estate economics as an interdisciplinary scientific discipline. His numerous past appointments reflect his national and international recognition. Moreover, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (HonRICS). Prof. Dr. Schulte has served as the President of the IRES International Real Estate Society, the ERES European Real Estate Society, and the gif Society of Property Researchers, which he co-founded.

In 2011, Prof. Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte was honored as an HonRICS during the Real Estate Symposium, being bestowed the title of "Honorary Member of the University of Regensburg." This represents the highest accolade bestowed by the University of Regensburg.

In 2013, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Real Estate Society (ERES), Prof. Schulte was granted the title of ERES Honorary Member for his outstanding contributions to the field of international real estate.

For more information about Prof. Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte, please visit the University of Regensburg's website.

Academic Advisory Board

The collective expertise: A glimpse into our Academic Advisory Board

"The real estate industry is subject to constant structural change. Understanding this is crucial for professional development, as it enables us to provide targeted qualifications for the challenges in practice. To achieve this, we have formed a body of high-profile decision-makers in the real estate industry, our Academy Advisory Board, who regularly discuss topics and training formats with us.

Through this collaboration, we have been able to meet our high standards for over 30 years, ensuring that our real estate education remains practical, modern, engaging, and interactive, while maintaining a high academic level. I am grateful for the enthusiastic commitment of our Academy Advisory Board members and would like to express my sincere appreciation for their voluntary contributions."

Prof. Dr. Tobias Just (FRICS)

Members of the Academic Advisory Board at IREBS Executive Education

IREBS Institute Regensburg

Europe's largest centre for real estate business

IREBS International Real Estate Business School comprises eight chairs and professorships in economics and law, as well as eleven honorary and guest professorships at the University of Regensburg. The education at IREBS is interdisciplinary and practice-oriented, aiming to prepare students for their professional careers. The research conducted covers both current applied issues and challenging fundamental research in the field.

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  • Dr. Rainer Burbulla
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  • PD Marcelo Cajias
  • Prof. Dr. Leo Cremer
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  • Werner Doetsch
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  • Dr. Joseph Frechen
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  • Steffen Hofmann
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  • Thomas Kleist
  • Frank Löwentraut
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  • Holger Matheis (FRICS)
  • Dr. Cay Oertel
  • Dr. Nora Otoo
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  • Dr. Dominique Pfrang (MRICS)
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  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Piazolo
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  • Dr. Sebastian Reich
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  • Dr. Chris Richter (MRICS)
  • Dr. Karim Rochdi
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  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Röder
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  • Prof. Dr. Markus Staiber
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  • Aldo Trentinaglia
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  • Alexander Trobitz (FRICS)
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