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Otago’s Department of Tourism ranked best in New Zealand


The University of Otago’s Department of Tourism was ranked first in New Zealand and 24th in the world by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy in its latest global university subject rankings.


Tourism Head of Department Professor Brent Lovelock says the result reflects many years of hard work by the department’s staff.

“The whole department is thrilled with this result and it reflects the hard work they have done over the last 12 months and beyond. This also reflects the high calibre of the research that we have underway in the department,” Professor Lovelock says.


Regarding the ShanghaiRanking, Professor Lovelock says, “in terms of Tourism and Hospitality this is definitely the world’s preeminent global ranking system. The teaching staff in the Department of Tourism are outstanding world-class researchers”.

Professor Lovelock says all the department’s researchers take pride in the fact that they contribute to sustainable tourism and hospitality in one way or another, and they are very pleased to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the Business School and the wider University.


Despite the COVID-19 global pandemic the Department of Tourism has maintained strong links with its international students.

“We’ve maintained a strong online presence with our Tourism major and Tourism Master’s students.”


He says that the Tourism department is currently exploring strategic alternatives to account for the challenges it may face regarding international students in the medium term, due to the pandemic.


“It’s probably the most exciting time to study Tourism as there’s the chance to take place in the global tourism rebuild. There’s a new emphasis on sustainability and resilience, so we’re equipping our students with a broad new range of skills that they can apply to any future form of work that they choose,” Professor Lovelock says.


Commerce Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor Robin Gauld says it is no secret that the Otago Tourism Department has a global reputation, providing thought leadership and research in a range of critical fields in the discipline.

“This latest ranking is reflective of and reinforces this reputation. We are all immensely proud of this latest achievement,” Professor Gauld says.


In addition to being ranked first in New Zealand, the Otago Department of Tourism is ranked third in Oceania behind Brisbane’s Griffith University and the University of Queensland.

The rankings survey more than 1,800 out of 4,000 universities across 93 countries.They use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data sources to measure the performance of world universities in relevant subjects, including international academic awards, top academic achievements, research quality, and international collaboration.


ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is dedicated to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.


Bachelor of Entrepreneurship ready to launch


The University of Otago Business School is preparing to offer the first new general business degree to be offered in New Zealand in more than 100 years.


Business School Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor Robin Gauld says the need for a new Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr) qualification was highlighted by the strong growth in the University’s postgraduate programmes in Entrepreneurship.


“The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship seems a natural fit for the Otago Business School and the Otago community, as we’re lucky enough to have many highly innovative companies which began operating in the south.


“The Business School has offered a leading Bachelor of Commerce degree for over 100 years. We are really excited to be building on this legacy, by taking a major step in offering a completely new, complementary degree,” Professor Gauld says.


Programme Director John Williams says the new qualification is being launched to respond to the changing skills and attitudes that employers are demanding of graduates. He also says the Business School’s Taumata (advisory board), made up of alumni and other business leaders, has encouraged the development of such a course.


He says that the Taumata does a great job of keeping the Business School “real” and grounded in terms of what New Zealand business needs today.


“We want the programme to be attractive to students who wouldn’t normally consider a commerce degree, but do want to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, whatever their passion,” Dr Williams says.


Co-developer of the degree, Associate Dean Māori Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl adds, “the degree will help meet Māori demand for entrepreneurial thinking combined with practice. Māori values and approaches will provide new insights into business creation, whether as a start-up or an existing business”.


Fellow BEntr co-developer Associate Dean Pacific EsmayEteuati says entrepreneurship is a pathway to empower Pacific students to build resilient, healthier communities leaning on their own culture and knowledge.


“We know in Pacific families there are certain careers parents encourage their kids to take, so this degree will encourage a greater flexibility and accessibility to tools and skills to make an impact in our community.”


The University of Otago BEntr was approved by the national Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) earlier in the month.


Photo credit:from left Programme Director Dr John Williams, Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl, Professor Nathan Berg, Professor Robin Gauld, and EsmayEteuati


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