Georgia State University Regynald G. Washington Masters in Global Hospitality Management Program Named No. 2 in U.S.

Georgia State University’s Regynald G. Washington Masters in Global Hospitality Management Program, has been named the second-best graduate hospitality program in the United States by Eduniversal Group. The GSU program ranks only behind Cornell University’s Masters programs. The top-rated program was also ranked 15th in the world. Located in the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the one-year program is designed for working professionals whether currently in the hospitality field or those who are career changers.

Eduniversal Group is a global leader in higher education information. Its academic rankings are widely recognized world-wide with more than 4.2 million students using it for their academic search. Eduniversal Group was founded in France in 1994 and provides students with the tools to find the best education opportunities to meet their needs. Eduniversal rankings are based on extensive surveying of alumni, current students and industry representatives.

“We are honored to be ranked so highly by the prestigious Eduniversal Group,” said Dr. Debby Cannon, Director of the School of Hospitality. “The ranking speaks to our outstanding faculty and the hard work and dedication they show to our students every day. The location of Atlanta is an ideal learning environment with strong industry involvement supporting the international focus of the program.

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Dr. Soon-Ho Kim, Director of the Regynald G. Washington Master’s Program adds: “We recruit exceptional students who are committed to becoming the thought leaders and innovators of our industry. Experiential learning is a strong component of the curriculum. For example, in early November, a team of our graduate students participated in the Smith Travel Research Market Analysis Competition which is part of the New York Hotel Show. The Georgia State team placed third in this international competition that included some of the world’s top hospitality programs learning valuable information from their own presentation as well as from other global teams.”

“Everyone associated with the hospitality program is passionate about educating students to provide them with a top-notch degree,” says Regynald G. Washington, who the master’s program is named after.  “Students who come to Georgia State can be confident they are being prepared to be the next generation of leaders in the hospitality profession in the U.S. and around the world.”

Washington is a longtime Atlanta resident and renowned in the hospitality profession. He is a former elected officer and board member of the National Restaurant Association and served as chairman of the board from 2003-2004.  He has also been involved with the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) since its inauguration and won the GRA’s Grace Award for Distinguished Service in 2016.  In 2015, he gave a $1 million endowment to the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality to further the education of aspiring hospitality professionals.

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