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FIABCI hosts a study tour for CCU students in Paris

 2019 FIABCI Trip 3 

May 21, 2019

Conway, SC – On Friday, May 17, the Grand Paris Corporation welcomed a group of Coastal Carolina University students at La Fabrique du Métro - the “Metro Factory” - in Saint-Ouen in the northern suburbs of Paris. The visit was coordinated by Léo Attias, president of FIABCI-France, and Coastal Carolina’s Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics, which was founded in 2016 and named after FIABCI’s honorary world president, Tony Grant, and his wife, Carrie, who now live in S.C.

Attias hosted CCU’s study abroad students on a tour to view the latest engineering and architectural design concepts being tested for use in Europe’s largest transport project, Grand Paris Express, the first international collaboration of its kind.

Through the latest digital devices, computer generated images, videos and models, students were shown a massive scale of the Grand Paris Express project, which is now under construction and scheduled for final completion in 2030. This group of new, fully automated rapid-transit lines will transform rail travel in and around the French capital.

It will include 68 new interconnected stations and 200 kilometers of new railway. Ninety percent of the system will be built underground and will have the capacity to transport two million commuters daily. It is expected to cost between 35 billion and 40 billion euros (39 billion to 45 billion U.S. dollars).

“We’re pleased to welcome students from one of FIABCI’s academic member universities in the U.S.,” said Attias. “They received a fascinating presentation at the Metro Factory and gained an understanding of how the Grand Paris Express will have a huge impact on our regional and national economy over the next decade and beyond.”

The visiting group of Wall College of Business students are participating in CCU’s “Business Studies in Europe” faculty-led study abroad program. The Wall College of Business is one of the leading business schools in the southeastern United States with more than 2,000 undergraduate students across six degree programs, 90 graduate (MBA and MAcc) students and more than 8,000 alumni around the world. Coastal Carolina University is an academic member of FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, which provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other.


The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics serves students and professionals engaged in all facets of real estate and economic development and provides market analysis, study-based scholarships, networking opportunities, internships and technical study tours of international sites.

The Grant Center leverages the global ties of Coastal Carolina University and key partners, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and board members. It offers courses in commercial and investment real estate, publishes scholarly research and produces applied studies for stakeholders in the region. The center also hosts the annual real estate and economic summit and awards gala, provides seminar talks on a regular basis and consults for various private, government and nonprofit groups.

The key mission is to support the education of its students to the highest levels of competence and professionalism and to broaden the economic base of the region, serving as a bridge between Coastal Carolina University and the wider community.

For more information, please contact Hattie Jordan, Program Assistant of the Grant Center, at 

Follow the Grant Center on Social Media @GrantCenterCCU.

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