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Peter Yapp

Career Path: Group Managing Director, JS Valuers Property Consultants
Location: Sabah, Malaysia

The property sector is one of the most attractive and challenging career and investment sectors, and so I entered this with a focus on the evaluation and estate development profession. After 30 years working in this area I believe I have achieved what I initially set out to achieve.

What are you doing now?Peter Yapp

At the present moment, I am working as a Valuer, Estate Agent and Property Manager in the private sector for my own firm. I also advise on the acquisition and compulsory purchase of property as well as dealing with the evaluation of all the district councils.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was the influence of a senior graduate who previously studied at the University and now works as a Senior Valuer in my organisation.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I did enjoy my study at Northumbria University with the lecturers giving us the necessary guidance and advice. My fellow university colleagues worked well together to achieve course goals.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course led me to enter into my current profession. During my time of studied I obtained membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and later became a Fellow. I also obtained my membership to The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and membership to the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (MRISM) again later becoming a Fellow of both. Since graduation I have become a Registered Valuer and Estate Agent under the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia.

What was the best thing about your course?

The dissertation which gave me the opportunity to carry out my own research about land acquisition and compulsory purchase in my home country.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I use my research and development skills.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed my stay in Newcastle, apart from studying I got the opportunity to meet the local community and the friendly people in the North East.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

It is the best university that you can apply as the campus including the teaching rooms, library and accommodation and shopping areas are all in one place. It is very convenience for a student to study here. The University now has entered into a new era where it has invested much more in its computer systems and laboratories therefore new buildings are built to accommodate this. Previously, I have recommended at least seven students to take the Real Estate courses and all of them have graduated and achieved their goals including my son Jonathan Yapp who graduated in Real Estate last year and MSc Project Management in 2017.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

An excellent university.

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