Joseph Ooi is the Vice Dean (Academic) in the School of Design and Environment (SDE) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also a Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy, which is a unit established under the Office of Provost to spearhead effort in promoting excellence in teaching and learning at NUS. A former programme director for the M.Sc. in Real Estate, Joseph started the MBA with Specialization in Real Estate and served as its pioneering director from 2004 to 2006. He also served as Deputy Head (Academic) of the Department of Real Estate from 2014 to 2016, and as an external examiner for the University of Reading’s master programmes in real estate (2011-2014).
A highly versatile teacher who excels at teaching a broad range of subjects, Joseph is equally adept at teaching undergraduates, graduates and executives. He has conducted training courses for real estate organizations including Ascendas, Frasers Centrepoint, Keppel Land, JTC Corporation, Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS), Singapore Land Authority, Singapore Tourism Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Sama Dubai and the Egyptian Real Estate Academy. In 2011, he started the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance, which is a structured executive programme seeking to bridge knowledge in the real estate and capital markets. In 2012, Joseph received the NUS Outstanding Educator Award, which is the highest honor for teaching in the university.
Joseph has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Real Estate Development in top real estate journals, such as Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Urban Studies, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. Joseph has won more than fifteen international best paper awards, and is a former recipient of the prestigious NUS Young Researcher Award. In recognition of his acknowleded outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments, Joseph was conferred the Dean’s Chair in 2015. He has also been invited to become a Fellow Candidate of the US-based Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics for his significant contributions to the development and dissemination of knowledge in real estate.
Joseph won the 2008 International Real Estate Society’s Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to research, education and practice at the international level. Serving on the editorial board of nine international real estate journals, he has received three outstanding awards for his service as a peer reviewer. Joseph is a director of the Asian Real Estate Society as well as the Associate Executive Director of the International Real Estate Society.
Prior to joining NUS, Joseph has extensive working exposure in the local, regional and international real estate markets. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Real Estate from NUS and a PhD from the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST).