There are a myriad of factors to consider when determining where to get your degree in Hospitality Management. When you first begin your search, it can be overwhelming as there are many schools across the globe that offer education for the hospitality industry.

As a result, it can be helpful to begin your search by seeing how the hospitality departments and programs at different colleges and universities rank against one another. 

So, what are best universities for hospitality and tourism management in the world? 

There are several organizations that provide annual rankings of international hospitality and tourism degree programs. Each organization uses a slightly different methodology to determine their rankings, based on what they believe contributes to quality education in hospitality.

We've compiled the top five rankings from different organizations, along with information on their individual methodology, to make it easy to see where a degree in hospitality from École hôtelière de Lausanne ranks globally. 

QS world university rankings 2019

QS Top Universities ranks a variety of programs by subject using the same four metrics. While academic and employer reputation are metrics commonly used by other organization, QS Top Universities is the only organization to assess the number of research papers authored by department faculty members that have been cited in other publications. The fourth metric used by QS, the H-Index, measures the productivity and impact of faculty members within the industry based on academic citations. As of 2019, none of the hospitality programs assessed by QS had any measurable H-Index score, so it did not impact the rankings.  These metrics are:

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Research Citations by Paper
  • H-Index

What are the top hospitality and leisure management schools in the world?

  1. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
  2. University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)
  3. Les Roches Global Hospitality Education
  4. Glion Institute of Higher Education
  5. Hong Kong Polytechnic University

CEO World Magazine, 2019

CEOWORLD evaluates schools and programs based on seven metrics that assess the reputation of the school as well as the quality of education provided. The data they use comes from public available sources, as well as their own research, and surveys of graduates, recruiters, employers, and other industry professionals. Each metric is weighted by a percentage and the Overall Score (100%) is the sum of the following metrics:

  • Perceived Global Brands Influence (20%)
  • Recruiters Responses (20%)
  • Academic Reputation (20%)
  • Admission Eligibility (10%)
  • Specialization (10%)
  • Job Placement (10%)
  • Employers Feedback (10%) 

What are the best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world?

  1. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne 
  2. Cornell University 
  3. University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)
  4. University of Central Florida 
  5. Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Hospitality Management Degrees 2018

The Hospitality Management Degrees considers four different metrics when compiling their rankings. Three of these metrics are based on surveys. They emphasize survey information as reputation is significant within the hospitality industry. They also focus on the number and satisfaction of international students within the progra, due to the importance of international business to the hospitality industry. 

The four metrics used by Hospitality Management Degrees are:

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • International Student Score
  • Percentage of International Students

What are the most prestigious hospitality management departments in the world?

  1. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  2. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne 
  3. Les Roches
  4. University of Queensland
  5. University of Surrey 2018

Major educational website ranks universities based on a variety of qualitative factors:

  1. The percentage of international students enrolled in the university
  2. The services provided to students before, during, and after their studies (internship availability and extra-curricular)
  3. The global and national rankings of the university
  4. The popularity of the study abroad destination
  5. The openness of the host-country to international students (ease of application to student visas)
  6. The student reviews as well as private evaluations emailed to
  7. The percentage of employment of international students after graduation
  8. The importance placed on programs to prepare students for an increasingly changing world

What are the top 5 universities to study hotel management?

  1. Cornell University
  2. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
  3. University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)
  4. University of Central Florida (UCF)
  5. Oxford Brookes

The ranking methodologies vary, but EHL is the only university present in the top 5 across all rankings.

Why is EHL among the top hospitality schools in the world?

Here are some of the reasons why all the major ranking systems giving EHL top honors:

  1. EHL's strong academic curriculum coupled with real-life practical education creates versatile hospitality professionals - the secret sauce to a long-lasting career in hospitality
  2. EHL's reputation for excellence means graduates receive fast placement in top-tier positions
  3. EHL combines a truly international outlook (over 100 nationalities on campus), with the strong traditions of Swiss hospitality
  4. EHL collaborates with its extensive industry network to invent the future of hospitality
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