University of Queensland

The University of Queensland(UQ) is listed among the top 50 learning and research institutions in the world. The University is a founding member of the national ‘Group of Eight’, an alliance of research-strong ‘sandstone’ universities committed to ensuring that Australia has higher education institutions which are genuinely world class. It is also the only member of the Group of Eight which offers programs in tourism and hospitality.

Tourism and Hospitality studies

As the only institution in Australia accredited by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), UQ’s School of Tourism and Leisure Management has established an international reputation for fostering tomorrow’s leaders in tourism, hospitality, leisure and event management. Students have access to all of UQ‘s world class facilities, including the largest library in Queensland and the major tourism collection in Australia.

As home to five major industry journals, and a partner in leading edge research projects, the School engages directly with industry on a local, national and international level. In the lead up to the 2008 Olympics in China, the Beijing Tourism Bureau has called upon the School to conduct executive training in security and risk management for Beijing's tourism and hotel management.

International in Outlook

The School of Tourism and Leisure Management prides itself on being international in outlook and standing. In addition to WTO accreditation, the School is a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT) and a member of the Pacific Area Travel Association Education Committee.

Beyond the desire to provide professional and innovative programs, the School has a dedicated sense of social responsibility and is quickly establishing itself as a beacon of best practice in the industry. Demonstrating a commitment to excellence throughout the sector, in 2005 the School awarded developmental scholarships to both the WTO and the Australian Hotels Association.

Research Programs and Innovation

As one of Australia’s oldest tourism and hospitality research institutions with accomplished research staff hailing from across five continents, the School has positioned itself as an international leader in research and development. The School has a unique and varied portfolio of research accomplishments since the early 1970’s, extending from a national assessment of Safari Hunting of Australian Exotic Wild Game; to the current research project into the development of environmental learning methods for children, supported by the Australian Research Centre(ARC).

The School’s four principal research areas are Destination Management, Hospitality Education, Event Management and Leisure Behaviour. Destination Management is a key area of interest for the School; which is currently undertaking the Surfers Paradise Image Management research project. This project is the first of its kind for the region, and aims to address issues surrounding the image of Surfer’s Paradise through the analysis of the local movements and perceptions of incoming visitors.

Study Programs

Bachelor of Business Management (Event, Hospitality, Leisure and Recreation, Travel and Tourism)

Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) - (Event, Hotel, Sport and Recreation, Travel and Tourism)

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Certificate in Business

Graduate Diploma in Business

Master of Business (International - Travel & Tourism or Sport & Recreation or Hotel Management or Event Management)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

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