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School of Hospitality and Tourism Management ranks among world’s best

Monday, October 30, 2023

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The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Oklahoma State University continues to be recognized among the world’s best in the 2023 edition of the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, housed in the Spears School of Business, is ranked 11th in the United States (up from No. 13 a year ago) and comes in at 22nd in the world (up from No. 25 last year).

“The program is strongly committed to the tradition of excellence and continues to be one of the premier academic units in the world,” said Dr. Brij Thapa, professor and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Distinguished Chair who serves as the head of the school. “Integrating high-quality publications and/or compelling practical insights, faculty are focused on identifying solutions to persistent challenges and expanding the knowledge base for industry, governments, communities and academia. The school intends to prioritize the land-grant mission to foster public impact research and become a key voice advocating for positive change within and beyond the state.”

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is the highest-ranked program at OSU in the global rankings. Other best-ranked subjects are sociology, which placed in the top 150, and business administration and management, both ranked in the top 200. Additionally, veterinary sciences, political sciences, communication, and psychology placed in the top 300 globally.

The Chinese-based organization has been publishing the list since 2009, along with an academic ranking of the world’s universities. Its initial purpose was to see how Chinese universities ranked against the world’s best, but the list has become a measuring stick for many universities and programs around the globe.

The 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects contains rankings of universities in 55 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. More than 1,900 out of 5,000 universities across 104 countries and regions are listed in the rankings.

The GRAS rankings use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in respective subjects, including research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

To learn more about the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, one of the nation’s oldest programs founded in 1937, click here.

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