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5 DÉC. 2018

RICS in Europe moving forward

By Judith Gabler, Director of Operations, Europe, and Sander Scheurwater, Director Corporate Affairs, Europe

The RICS in Europe Board, chairs of the national boards and staff came together in November in Amsterdam for the Annual Chairs Meeting to discuss RICS’ strategy and focus in Europe. 

The RICS Europe Board, chairs of the national boards and staff came together in November in Amsterdam for the Annual Chairs Meeting to discuss RICS’ strategy and focus in Europe. During the discussion it became clear that there are great opportunities for RICS to grow and become more recognised as a thought leader and also a ‘badge of trust’.

At the same time, we aim to achieve our vision: “Through our credential and our professional standards we will create confidence in markets and be known for effecting positive change in the built and natural environments”.

To do this, we want:

  • To develop solutions to bring about beneficial change in response to the major challenges the world faces, in collaboration with others. Our main vehicle for this is the World Built Environment Forum, for which you can join the WBEF LinkedIn page, check out the website and sign up for the WBEF newsletter.
  • To be trusted globally to set and enforce standards for the profession.
  • For the RICS professional qualification to remain in demand, thereby getting highly talented individuals to join the profession, commit to lifelong professionalism and work to our standards. We also want to inspire more diverse entrants into our purpose-rich profession. Through our work on the future of the profession we also want the profession to remain relevant.

In addition to opportunities, we also discussed some of the challenges and improvements we can make. One is to enhance the partnership and joint collaboration with the national boards and focused communication with all our members if we are to seek and capitalise on opportunities and bring about positive change in European markets.

Also, both RICS as a professional body and our members have an obligation to address the challenges the world is facing. Three million people move to cities every week. The climate is changing. The world is losing trust. Change will be challenging for professionals and we need to be prepared.

Europe Annual Chairs Meeting 2018
RICS in Europe Annual Chairs Meeting 2018
The value of your RICS credential
The value of your RICS credential

RICS is unique as we are global, self-regulating and a standard setter aspiring to bring trust and confidence to markets. As staff and members we can build upon the successes we have had in the past 25 years in Europe and shape what RICS needs to be to remain relevant as an organisation, to continue to ensure market demand in RICS membership, and to effect positive change.

RICS then President John Hughes FRICS

We very much look forward to strengthening our partnership with our chairs and national boards and member professionals in order to share market insight, increase trust and pride in the profession as well as ensuring that the value of your (the) RICS credential is maintained and increased.