Students gain confidence from rankings success

Isabella Jensen (3rd from Left) and other Griffith Business School students attend a Policy Makers and Shapers breakfast event at South Bank (pre-COVID)

Recent news that Griffith Business School courses in Hospitality and Tourism Management have been ranked first in Australia and third globally has been celebrated by staff and students.

The ShanghaiRankings, released in late June, ranked the business school courses best in the country, alongside the university’s Nursing and Midwifery and Law (including Criminology) degrees.

Fourth-year Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of International Tourism Management student Isabella Jensen said the rankings result gave her confidence in her course.

“It justifies and reinforces the learnings that we’re doing,” she said.

“It also goes to show just how special all the opportunities are that we have been given.”

Fourth-year Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of International Tourism Management student Isabella Jensen worked at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as part of her studies

“I’m in my fourth and final year at the moment and throughout that time I’ve had so many opportunities, both domestic and international, to study tourism.

“I got to work at the Commonwealth Games as they came about in my second year at uni and then last year I got the chance to go to India and study eco-tourism over there, because of our partnerships, so the alliances we have with all different tourism bureaus around the world has been really beneficial.”

Isabella admits that graduating in the time of a pandemic has changed the landscape somewhat, but for the better.

“Although it is looking a bit more confusing at the moment there are so many more opportunities coming up, so I hope to go overseas once things start to open back up …. and help to build the tourism industry back up worldwide,” she said.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans

“It is almost opening up more opportunities and pathways for different things that I didn’t even know about, and jobs and tasks that I wouldn’t even realise to be possible beforehand so the prospects that are coming up are actually exciting.

“I’m really interested in sustainable development for tourism…… especially in rural communities, that’s what I’m looking towards.”

Griffith President and Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans said the ShanghaiRankings recognition was a very strong result.

“As a university, Griffith has performed exceptionally well against both its Australian and international counterparts,” Professor Evans said.

Read more about how Griffith performed across all subject areas.