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Why Choose Rosen College of Hospitality Management?
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, located in Orlando, Florida, #1 tourist destination in America,offers students an unrivaled opportunity to learn and work in the heart of hospitality. Named the nation’s best, and No. 2 in world, the hospitality college has consistently moved up in the ShanghaiRankings’ survey over the last three years. We educate the next generation of industry leaders through internationally-recognized faculty, innovative academic programs, cutting-edge research and strong industry and community partnerships who give you a global perspective on hospitality, event management, entertainment management, senior living managment and tourism. Visit our campus to learn more!
The most comprehensive program of its kind with degrees in:
With more than 3,000 undergraduate students, the college is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality programs in the nation.
Rated in the nation by the 2020 ShanghaiRankings’ listing of 500 of the world’s top universities for hospitality and tourism programs in the world; 2nd globally.
More than $225,000 in scholarships awarded annually
72 full-time faculty; 38 adjuncts; 64 staff
97% job placement rate upon graduation
5 Highly-respected research journals for hospitality and tourism and 1 research magazine
Our faculty members represent 17 different countries and are known worldwide for their research, teaching skills and professional experience in the hospitality industry. Many of them served in executive roles in restaurants, hotels, theme parks and attractions.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Cynthia Mejia is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Foodservice and Lodging Management. Dr. Mejia served as a faculty member in this department at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management since 2013. Dr. Mejia has over 20 years of industry experience in F&B and hotel operations management, primarily working for luxury brands both in the U.S. and in Singapore.
As a French and Brazilian citizen, Dr. Bufquin has a multicultural background that has taken him to a variety of countries. Born in Singapore, he spent his first six years in Jakarta, Indonesia. Later, he moved to Paris, France, where he also lived for six years, before relocating to Brasilia, Brazil. After receiving his Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Science, he then began his hospitality education at the École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, where he obtained an Associate of Science degree in International Hospitality Management.
Gisele Canova is an Instructor and Internship Coordinator at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Gisele is a skilled Hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience within the Tourism and Hospitality industry. She started her Tourism career organizing and guiding multilingual tours throughout Brazil and South America, but eventually realized that her passion was Hospitality where she went on to fulfill several operational roles for various companies, including Disney, Hilton, Loews Hotels, Orient-Express, and Sheraton.
Dr. Mehmet Altin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hospitality Services in the Rosen College at the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Pamplin Business College at the Virginia Tech and completed his master’s degree in the same department in 2011. He has a degree in Business Administration-Finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Cutting-edge Hospitality and Tourism Research
The active research contribution of UCF’s Rosen College faculty, which represents the broad spectrum of the hospitality management industry, are well recognized and respected by their peers, making UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management one of the most influential and cutting-edge voices in hospitality and tourism research and education. Research currently featured include articles from the Rosen Research Review magazine Spring 2019 issue.
The Wine Tourist
Robin Back Ph.D., University of Central Florida
What inspires someone to visit a winery? And why do they go back? Three professors from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management have been considering these questions with a particular focus on the world-renowned winery, Marques de Riscal, in Spain. Dr. Robin Back, Dr. Diego Bufquin and Dr. Jeong-Yeol Park, examined customer revisit intentions, previous visits, motivation to visit, and more.
Wei Wei, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
The use of self-service technologies (SSTs) has grown significantly overthe last ten years. In their research paper; Wei Wei Ph.D., Edwin N. Torres Ph.D. and Nan Hua Ph.D. from UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, aim to identify gaps in current research into the value of SSTs within hotels and restaurants. Theyalso look at the role extrinsic and intrinsic attributes play.
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Named Nation’s Best, 2nd in World
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is now ranked as one of the premier hospitality and tourism programs in the world, as rated by ShanghaiRankings’ listing of 500 of the world’s top universities. The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 also ranked Rosen College’s program No.1 in the country.
The college has seen a consistent rise over the past three years in ShanghaiRanking’s listing of the 500 top universities in the world. UCF started with a world ranking of No. 20 and a national ranking of No. 7 in 2017 and has climbed to a world ranking No. 2 and national ranking No. 1 in 2020.
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In the News
UCF Experts Weigh in as Coronavirus Captures Headlines
UCF faculty and staff in various fields share their expertise with local and national media.
UCF Grad Named Executive Director of Legacy Pointe at UCF
Josh Smith ’04, a hospitality management alum, was selected to lead the new senior living community near campus.
UCF Installs Vending Machines Stocked with Face Coverings
Each student, faculty and staff member is allotted one free washable cloth mask, which can be obtained through a vending machine or at one of the university’s distribution sites.