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Waterloo leisure studies ranks among top in world

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WATERLOO, ONT. (Thursday, March 9, 2017)

The University of Waterloo is one of the best schools in the world for subjects related to Hospitality and Leisure Management, according to new rankings released today.

The rankings, published by the UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), place Waterloo 13th in the world — and first in Canada — for Hospitality and Leisure Management Studies.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Waterloo offers the discipline’s largest co-op program and one of the largest and most diverse cohort of researchers in leisure sciences. Next year marks the Department’s 50th anniversary.

“The new rankings recognize our commitment to academic and research excellence,” said James Rush, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. “We are proud to set the gold-standard in recreation and leisure studies in Canada and be recognized among the best globally. We will continue enhancing our impact by pushing frontiers to better understand the complex social and psychological factors that drive health and well-being.”

The rankings evaluate 46 subject areas across 945 universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. This year the rankings include four new subject areas, including Hospitality and Leisure Management Studies.

The University of Waterloo is listed amongst the top 200 universities globally for 20 of the 46 specific disciplines measured.

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