The University of Central Florida’s still-young hospitality management college has been recognized as one of the top five such schools in the world, according to a new report published this week in CEOWORLD Magazine.

The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, located on University Boulevard in the heart of Central Florida’s tourist district, was founded in 2004 with a generous donation, including land for the school, from Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen.

The CEOWORLDTop 50 Hotel and Hospitality Management Schools in the World 2015 lists Rosen College behind a couple of stalwarts that UCF steered ambitions toward from the very start, including long-renowned programs at Cornell and Michigan State universities, as well as schools at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and in Switzerland.

Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in Ithica, N.Y. topped the list.

After UCF, the next five schools were Universities of Houston, Denver and Wisconsin, schools in Switzerland and The Netherlands.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top hospitality programs worldwide,” Rosen Dean Abraham Pizam stated in a news release issued by UCF. “Our focus on innovation and partnership produces exceptional graduates who will be the hospitality industry’s next generation of leaders. The exciting part is we’re just getting started.”

With an enrollment of approximately 3,500 students, Rosen College offers six academic degrees, including the only bachelor’s degree in event management in the United States and the only doctoral program specifically in hospitality management in Florida.

The magazine, which ranks colleges and universities in a wide variety of fields and aspects, reports that it created this list by sending a survey to 18,000 hospitality recruiters and senior managers of luxury hotels around the world, asking them to rate 300 more than 300 hotel management schools.

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