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Massimo Nistico (MSc Real Estate Investment and Finance 2006)

Massimo is currently our International Alumni Ambassador for the Netherlands and Italy


I am Italian but I have been living abroad for 13 years. I lived in different European countries, Italy, UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Currently, I am lease administration manager for Europe of one of the biggest retailers in the world.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I chose the University of Reading for the high reputation of its lecturers. Most of its lecturers had written some of the text books which were used in the main real estate courses of all around the world. I also liked the subjects of my course because they gave me a broad understanding of the real estate business.    

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The best bit was the quality of the Campus. It comprises all the facilities that I needed. Another good thing was the opportunity to meet with people of different nationalities. 

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

First of all a student should be open and eager to learn everything. It is important to share with the other students their feelings and impressions. Working in team is very important because you will have to do it every day after your studies.  

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am lease administration manager for Europe of one of the biggest retailers in the world. I have been working for 15 years in the real estate industry and in different European countries. I worked for property development companies, real estate investment trust and property consultants. This has allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of the real estate business.  

How has the University helped you in your career ?

The University of Reading has a high reputation in the real estate industry. One of my employers supported me financially when I decided to do my studies at Reading because it believed that studying at Reading would have improved my skills. Studying with people of different nationalities helped me to become more open and flexible and this has helped me enormously in my work since I have always worked in international environments. 

What University activities are you still involved with and why do you volunteer?

I am International Alumni Ambassador for Italy and the Netherlands. I do this because I would like to put my experience at the service of young people hoping that this may help them to take their decisions.  

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University has been a great boost for me as professional and human being. I still remember the time spent on campus doing sports and chatting with the other students.   

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