New NCL members


New Network Cum Laude members in Belgium and Turkey: Upgrade Estate and Republika to become partners

  • Alre­a­dy five part­ners in five count­ries with almost 50,000 apart­ments under manage­ment or in deve­lo­p­ment
  • Bel­gi­um with around 450,000 stu­dents, Tur­key with more than 6 mil­li­on stu­dents
  • New b2b web­site for coope­ra­ti­on part­ners:

The inter­na­tio­nal stu­dent housing net­work Net­work Cum Lau­de (NCL) has two new part­ners: the Tur­ki­sh pro­vi­der for high-qua­li­ty stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on Repu­bli­ka and the Bel­gi­an stu­dent housing ope­ra­tor Upgrade Estate. With the­se new addi­ti­ons, Net­work Cum Lau­de alre­a­dy has five mem­bers in five count­ries com­pri­sing almost 50,000 stu­dent apart­ments under manage­ment or in deve­lo­p­ment. A b2b web­site for part­ners ( has been laun­ched for this reason. The objec­ti­ves of coope­ra­ti­on within Net­work Cum Lau­de include opti­mi­sing occu­p­an­cy rates of the resi­den­ces and pro­vi­ding bet­ter ser­vices for stu­dents, such as easier access to stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on in the cities

of choice.

“With Repu­bli­ka in Tur­key and Upgrade Estate in Bel­gi­um, Net­work Cum Lau­de has attrac­ted two inno­va­ti­ve stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on ope­ra­tors as new part­ners. Inclu­ding Repu­bli­ka and Upgrade Estate, the net­work is alre­a­dy repre­sen­ted in five exci­ting count­ries in the hig­her edu­ca­ti­on mar­ket. Today, the net­work part­ners alre­a­dy have almost 50,000 stu­dent apart­ments under manage­ment or in deve­lo­p­ment,” says Horst Lie­der, Board Mem­ber of Net­work Cum Lau­de and CEO of Inter­na­tio­nal Cam­pus AG. “Not only do the ope­ra­tors of stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on bene­fit from being part of Net­work Cum Lau­de, for exam­p­le by coope­ra­ting to opti­mi­se occu­p­an­cy rates through a cross-bor­der exch­an­ge of know­ledge. The resi­dents them­sel­ves bene­fit too through easier access to stu­dent apart­ments in vibrant cities and uni­ver­si­ty towns.”

Dogan Kas­ik­ci, CEO of Repu­bli­ka Aca­de­mic Aparts: „We wan­ted to be mem­ber of Net­work Cum Lau­de to pro­vi­de a bet­ter ser­vice to our stu­dents and to share expe­ri­ence and know-how with sec­tor lea­der in other count­ries. We at Repu­bli­ka are con­fi­dent that both our stu­dents and our orga­niza­ti­ons will bene­fit.” Through its cul­tu­ral back­ground and loca­ti­on bet­ween Euro­pe, Asia and Midd­le East, Tur­key is an inter­na­tio­nal hub for stu­dents. Kas­ik­ci explains: “The num­ber of inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents stu­dy­ing in Tur­key is incre­asing. Thus Repu­bli­ka has deve­lo­ped Turkey’s first high-qua­li­ty, life­style focu­sed insti­tu­tio­nal stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on plat­form. We aim for signi­fi­cant growth and expan­si­on across the coun­try.”

Koen­raad Bel­sack, CEO and foun­der of Ghent-based Upgrade Estate: “Upgrade Estate, Bel­gi­ums lea­ding stu­dent housing ope­ra­tor with his brand Upkot, not only offers ori­gi­nal and high- qua­li­ty stu­dent accom­mo­da­ti­on but wants to add value for his stu­dents as well. For that reason we are deligh­ted to join the Net­work Cum Lau­de. It will give us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share and invest in know­ledge on an Euro­pean sca­le”. Today Upgrade Estate mana­ges twel­ve stu­dent resi­den­ces in Brussels, Ghent, Ant­werp, Brug­ge, Kor­tri­jk and Mons and is deve­lo­ping eight new pro­jects. The­re are a total of ele­ven uni­ver­si­ties and num­e­rous uni­ver­si­ty col­leges with around 450,000 stu­dents in Bel­gi­um.

Repu­bli­ka ope­ra­tes three stu­dent resi­den­ces in the popu­lar Beşik­taş dis­trict of Istan­bul and plans addi­tio­nal loca­ti­ons throug­hout Tur­key. Istan­bul is the country’s eco­no­mic and cul­tu­ral hub and is home to some of Turkey’s most important uni­ver­si­ties, with seve­ral hundred thousand stu­dents.

Around 6 mil­li­on stu­dents stu­dy at Turkey’s 174 uni­ver­si­ties.

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