UQ hospitality and leisure management shines in global rankings

13 Mar 2017

The University of Queensland’s hospitality and leisure management offerings rocketed to 12th in the world and second in Australia with the release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 this month.

Hospitality and leisure management – a new category in the QS rankings for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) – was one of six UQ study areas that ranked in the global top 20.

As in previous years, all other BEL Faculty study areas secured a place in the top 100.

Accounting and finance (39th) and law (48th) ranked in the global top 50, while business and management studies and economics and econometrics both ranked in the 51-100 bracket.  

Professor Andrew Griffiths, BEL Faculty Executive Dean, said the inclusion of this new category shed light on more of the Faculty’s strengths.  

“It is encouraging to see our hospitality and leisure management programs recognised alongside our traditionally high-performing offerings in law, economics, accounting and finance, and business management," Professor Griffiths said. 

UQ Business School’s tourism and hospitality lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their field.

“The School is the only one in Australia that offers tourism programs with United Nations World Tourism Organization accreditation.

“UQ is also one of the world’s top-ranked universities for tourism research, with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism and strong partnerships with industry."

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ continued to perform strongly in the QS rankings in the face of fierce international competition.

“UQ’s strong showing in subjects such as mining, sport, the environment, tourism management, and education reflects the breadth and calibre of interdisciplinary expertise that is creating positive change in the world,” Professor Høj said.

“For our students, UQ’s global standing in these fields and the opportunity to learn directly from leading academics will help them build agile and meaningful careers and, in turn, transform the world around them.

“It is not surprising that so many international students choose to study here.”

The global rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

QS assessed 46 subjects in 2017, with 39 UQ subjects featuring in the top 100.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject – published annually since 2011 – highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual study areas.