High-quality research output has long been recognised as one of the SHTM's main strengths.
Academic research is one of the cornerstones of higher education, and research output clearly demonstrates the strength of an academic institution. In 2020/21 Field Based Ranking issued by the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory, PolyU is ranked first in the world in the category "Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services" for the fourth consecutive year.
The URAP Research Laboratory was established at the Informatics Institute of the Middle East Technical University in 2009. Its main objective is to rank universities around the world based on their academic performance, which is determined by the quality and quantity of their publications. The most recent rankings include 2,500 higher education institutions around the world, as well as 41 specialised subject areas.
High-quality research output has long been recognised as one of the SHTM's main strengths. In its pursuit of excellence, the School promotes a strong research culture among its academic staff. With over 70 faculty members from diverse cultural backgrounds, its international team publishes extensively in leading journals and has gained international recognition for its research quality. It is this drive for excellence that ensures that the SHTM retains its leading status.
Ten years ago, to pursue its unprecedented vision, the SHTM moved to its current premises which also housed its teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON. Bringing the School and Hotel ICON, under one roof was an important step in the development of the SHTM. The School's groundbreaking approach to hospitality and tourism education, with Hotel ICON at its core, has contributed to its position as the world's leader in hospitality and tourism education. With its international staff, diverse student body and enthusiastic and influential support base, the SHTM has the necessary resources to lead the development of global hospitality and tourism education in the coming years.