Waterloo leisure studies ranks first in Canada

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The University of Waterloo continues to be one of the best schools in Canada and in the world for subjects related to hospitality and leisure management, according to new rankings released yesterday. 

The rankings, published by the UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), place Waterloo first in Canada for the second consecutive year that the subject area has been assessed, and within the top 20 in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management. 

“The rankings recognize the University of Waterloo as the premier post-secondary institution in Canada and one of very best internationally to study recreation, tourism, and sport,” said Troy Glover, Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. “I am so proud to belong to a department that models true excellence and innovation through its outstanding teaching, research, and outreach. Our reputation within the academy and among employers only stands to improve as we continue to make an impact through the good work we do.”

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Waterloo offers one of the largest and most diverse cohort of researchers in leisure sciences, inspiring students in undergraduate through doctoral programs. This year the Department celebrates 50 years of leading education and research in leisure studies in Canada and globally. 

The rankings evaluate 48 subject areas across 1,130 universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. The University of Waterloo is listed among the top 200 universities globally for 21 of the 48 specific disciplines measured.