The School of Hotel Tourism and Management (SHTM) sets itself apart from other hospitality and tourism educational institutions by consistently earning a high standing in the upper echelons of international rankings.
In 2020, for the fourth year in a row, the SHTM is ranked No. 1 in the world in the "Hospitality and Tourism Management" category according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
For three consecutive years, the Field Based Ranking produced by the University Ranking by Academic Performance Laboratory placed PolyU in the top spot in the Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services category in 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
In the Centre for World University Rankings subject categories for 2017, the School ranked first in the "Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism" category.
In 2009, the School ranked No. 2 internationally among hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the November issue of Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.
With close to four decades of impressive development, the School has established itself as a world-class centre of hospitality and tourism education and research. These rankings stand as proof of the extent to which the SHTM has been effective and instrumental in furthering hospitality and tourism knowledge.
Other Marks of Excellence
In 1999, the SHTM was designated a global Education and Training Network Centre by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), of whose Knowledge Network the School is a member. Since that time, the SHTM has received worldwide accolades and recognition. In 2001, it became one of the first educational institutions to receive the UNWTO's TedQual Certification, a quality assurance system for tourism education, training, and research.
In 2002, the SHTM became the home of the permanent secretariat for the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST), which works to advance the scientific knowledge and understanding of tourism through theoretical and practical research. The next year, the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) recognised the School with an "ISTTE Institutional Achievement Award" for significant contributions to tourism education.
In 2012, one year after the SHTM officially opened Hotel ICON, the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) bestowed the School with the McCool Breakthrough Award in recognition of the ground-breaking teaching and research hotel – the heart of the School's innovative approach to hospitality and tourism education.
A distinguished faculty is one of the School's cornerstones. In 2011, Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean, Chair Professor and Walter Kwok Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management was honoured with the UNWTO Ulysses Prize, a top honour that is widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Tourism".
The School's staff are not just excellent teachers. They are also very active in the hospitality industry and hold executive or advisory positions in many international, regional, and local tourism organisations, including:
- Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society
- Asia Pacific Tourism Association
- Asia-Pacific CHRIE
- China Tourism Academy
- Hong Kong Association of Registered Tour Coordinators
- Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents
- Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council
- Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
- Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
- Institute of Hospitality
- International Academy for the Study of Tourism
- International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
- International Institute of Forecasters
- International Recreation and Vacation Society
- International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators
- International Sociological Association
- Meeting Professionals International
- Pacific Asia Travel Association
- SKAL International Hong Kong
- Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
- United Nations World Tourism Organisation