Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management was ranked No. 2 in the nation by a global ranking organization.

The school was also ranked seventh in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in hospitality and tourism management.

The 2021 ranking, reported by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, focuses on the strength of academic research in the fields of tourism and hospitality management, including international influence and recognition.

Last year, the school was ranked as No. 4 in the United States and 11th in the world.

“The School of Hospitality Business Management’s advancement to higher rankings during COVID‑19 speaks to the quality of our faculty, doctoral students, international reach and the ability to continue research and teaching productivity despite limitations posed by the global pandemic,” said Robert Harrington, the school’s director and Ivar B. Haglund Chair in Hospitality Business Management.

The hospitality program, which started in 1932, is part of WSU Carson College of Business.

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