Hospitality and Leisure Management subjects among the best in the world

Griffith Business School Building, Gold Coast campus
Griffith Business School Building, Gold Coast campus

Griffith Business School has again proved itself to be among the best in the world. With the release of the 2024 QS World University Rankings, the School’s Hospitality and Leisure Management subjects have claimed the #1 spot among Australian universities and are ranked 24th globally. 

Drawing on the analysis of 17.5 million academic papers and the expert opinions of over 240,000 academic faculty and employers, the Rankings evaluate over 1,500 institutions worldwide. This year, they introduced three new metrics: Sustainability, Employment Outcomes and International Research Network.   

Contributing significantly to Griffith Business School’s incredible track record in these rankings is the Department of Tourism, Sport, and Hotel Management and Australia’s largest tourism research institute, the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT).  

Professor Sarah Gardiner
Professor Sarah Gardiner.

Professor Sarah Gardiner, Director of GIFT, highlights the Institute’s impactful research, stating, “Our research is not merely academic; it drives tangible outcomes.” 

A prime example of GIFT’s innovative research is the Greening Hotels Australian Research Council Project, addressing the urgent need for enhanced environmental performance within tourism accommodation businesses. This project aims to build collaborations with various accommodation providers to streamline resource usage and promote sustainable practices throughout the tourism sector. 

Griffith Business School students benefit from the expertise of academic staff engaged in cutting-edge research like the Greening Hotels Project. Additionally, they reap the rewards of the Department of Tourism, Sport, and Hotel Management’s strong industry connections and exceptional student learning experiences. 

Professor Kevin Filo.

Among the student learning experiences available to students is the Industry Cruise Study Tour, a transformative 10-day expedition to the South Pacific. Led by industry professionals, students gain insights into the cruise industry’s dynamics, operations, marketing strategies, and sustainability practices through lectures, workshops, and interactions with industry experts. 

Deputy Head of the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Professor Kevin Filo declared, “Our emphasis on experiential learning is an important and defining characteristic of our programs. This also exemplifies the applied, industry-relevant nature of our course design.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a team of academics who not only have their own experience to drawn upon, but also work closely with our wonderful industry partners to prepare our students to tackle contemporary, real-world challenges.”

This latest ranking success highlights Griffith’s commitment to research excellence, quality education and industry relevance, which prepares students to thrive in the ever-changing hospitality and leisure landscape.