Brock remains one of best schools in world to study sports

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If you want to study the science, practice, and administration of sports in Canada, or indeed the wider world, Niagara’s Brock University is one of the best places to do so.

For the third year in a row, Brock finished in the top 100 universities globally for “Sports-Related” subjects – kinesiology, physical education, sport management, and the like. 

According to QS World University Rankings, which released its annual set of university standings on March 22, Brock ranked 51-100 in the world and ninth in Canada for Sports-Related subjects. The University of British Columbia and University of Toronto finished an impressive third and fifth in the world, respectively, for the subject.

The QS Rankings compare more than 15,000 academic programs offered by more than 1,500 institutions around the globe in a variety of categories and rank them based on criteria such as academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations per paper.

“These are globally significant rankings, which speak to the exceptionally high calibre of our academic programming and research enterprise here at Brock,” President and Vice-Chancellor Lesley Rigg said following the release of QS’s 2023 grades. 

“Increasingly, the world is taking notice that Brock is truly a powerhouse where the best and brightest are making breakthroughs each and every day. Kudos to our excellent team for continuing to deliver such tremendous results.”

Brock is well-known for the rigour and quality of its Kinesiology and Physical Education research and academic programs, which train future health and teaching professionals in the biophysical, behavioural, and socio-cultural aspects of exercise and sport, helping produce the next generation of kinesiologists, physicians, therapists, ergonomists, paramedics, teachers, coaches, and more.

The university also offers a specialized Bachelor of Sport Management degree, which has a long history of generating graduates who go on to significant leadership roles with sports organizations and professional franchises across the country.

Current GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs Kyle Dubas, for example, graduated from Brock’s Sport Management program in 2007. 

Other alum of the program include current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jon Goodwillie and Toronto Blue Jays Vice-President of International Scouting and Baseball Operations Andrew Tinnish.

“Kinesiology and Sport Management are world-class programs with outstanding faculty who are at the very top of their fields, conducting world-leading research with significant impact on society,” Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Peter Tiidus said. 

“This — combined with Brock’s innovative approach to experiential education — really sets us apart from other institutions, so it’s deeply meaningful to see that recognized on the international stage.”

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