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Tourism shines in international rankings

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:56am

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The University's Department of Tourism is thrilled to recieve another excellent world ranking.

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Professor Neil Carr.

The University’s Department of Tourism has come out shining as an international leader in its field in recent rankings.

The Department, based in the Otago Business School, has been judged 14th in the world in the Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 for Hospitality & Tourism Management.

The Otago Department is top among New Zealand universities in gaining recognition in the area of Hospitality & Tourism in these latest rankings and is the second highest-ranking university Department in the country irrespective of discipline.

Head of the Department of Tourism, Professor Neil Carr, says it is gratifying to receive such recognition.

“It’s a great affirmation of the hard work of everyone in the Department. Everyone in the Department continuously produces outstanding research and are excellent in enabling our students to learn – our showing in these rankings is a reflection upon our departmental staff’s sterling efforts.

“It’s clear that their devotion to their research has led to our recognition as one of the world's leading tourism departments.”

The Department is set up in such a way that strongly encourages critical and innovative thinking in all its research endeavours, both among its staff and vibrant multinational postgraduate student body, he says.

"It’s clear that their devotion to their research has led to our recognition as one of the world's leading tourism departments."

“We then double down on this through a strong commitment to research-informed teaching, which creates a positive feedback loop. We have a strong commitment to all research activity by our staff, and are glad that we can maintain and further build collaborations with society and industry, and continually strengthen international linkages.”

The Department also recently attained the accolade of being judged 17th in the world in the Top 100 2017 Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking for Tourism and Event Management. This, Professor Carr notes, reinforces the strong links fostered in the Department between high quality teaching and research.