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Top Universities for Hospitality & Leisure Management in 2017

By Craig O

Updated March 26, 2020 Updated March 26, 2020

Discover the top hospitality & leisure management schools based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

For the first time ever, this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject now includes a ranking of the world’s top 50 universities for hospitality & leisure management. If working in the hotel, restaurant or event industry sounds like a career path you’d be interested in then one of the following degree courses is well worth considering.

Top universities for hospitality & leisure management in the world

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

1 University of Nevada - Las Vegas United States
2 Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Switzerland
3 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
4 Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Switzerland
5 University of Surrey United Kingdom
6 Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) US
7 Pennsylvania State University, School of Hospitality Management US
8 SHMS (Swiss Hotel Management School) Switzerland
9= Griffith University Australia
9= Purdue University US

Top universities for hospitality & leisure management in the US & Canada

The United States leads the way of this first-ever ranking of hospitality & leisure management courses and maintains a healthy presence right the way down the list. As well as the four universities in the top 10, nine other US institutions are listed. Only two Canadian universities make the top 50: the University of Waterloo (13th) and the University of Alberta (=45th).

Top universities for hospitality & leisure management in Europe

Only four European countries are represented in this year’s rankings. Switzerland and the United Kingdom dominate with seven universities each on the list. The highest-ranked outside of the top 10 are the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, Switzerland and Bournemouth University, which are ranked 15th and 16th respectively.

The Netherlands and Russia are both represented by just one university. For the Dutch, it’s the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, ranked 37th, while the Russians are represented by 43rd placed Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Top universities for hospitality & leisure management in Asia

10 Asian universities feature in the top 50 for hospitality & leisure management, four of which are based in South Korea. The highest-ranked of these is Sejong University (26th). Hong Kong and Malaysia are the next best-represented with two universities on the list each. As well as the third-placed Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong is also represented by joint 38th place Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Malaysia’s two representatives are both right in the middle of this year’s ranking: Taylor’s University is ranked 29th and the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is joint 32nd.

China and Singapore have one university each on the list. Respectively, they are the Institute for Tourism Studies, ranked 18th, and the Nanyang Technological Institute (NTU), ranked 25th.

Top universities for hospitality & leisure management in Australia & New Zealand

Six universities from Australia feature in the hospitality & leisure management ranking, including Griffith University in the top 10. The University of Queensland (UQ) is the only other Australian university in the top 20. New Zealand is represented three times in the ranking, with the University of Waikato earning the title of best in the country thanks to their 24th place finish.

This article was originally published in March 2017 . It was last updated in March 2020

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