University College Galway
University description (as per official university website)
With over 16,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.
Top class courses
NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.
Best career opportunities
The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy.
From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland.
The Quadrangle first opened its doors to 63 students on 30th October 1849 and the University, then known as Queen's College was born. The University was built at the height of the famine as part of a public works relief scheme and was one of three Queen's Colleges, the others located in Dublin and Belfast.
That Quadrangle building, built in local limestone in a Tudor Gothic architectural style, is a replica of Christ Church at the University of Oxford. The 'Quad' still stands proudly at the heart of the University today as a testament to its past. It is now used primarily for administrative purposes and houses the offices of the President and the Vice-Presidents.
In the first academic year, 1849 -1850, the University began with three faculties, Arts, Medicine and Law but there were also schools of Agriculture and Engineering. Female students later joined the student body and in 1906 Alice Perry graduated from the college, believed to be the first female engineering graduate in the world to receive a first class honours degree in civil engineering
There are many historical buildings on campus, such as the James Mitchell Museum, established in 1952. This geological museum contains high quality collections sampling a significant diversity of the planet's geology, with a fine display of fossils, minerals and rocks.
Changing with the times
The University has had three different names:
in 1849 it was called Queen's College Galway
In 1908 it was changed to University College Galway
in 1997 it was changed again to National University of Ireland, Galway.
Newer parts of the University sprang up in the 1970s and were designed by architects Scott Tallon Walker. The 1990s also saw considerable development including the conversion of an old munitions factory into a student centre. Recent developments include a state-of-the-art University Sports Centre and there are many exciting projects underway to enable the University to create the 'Campus of the Future' for the now 16,000 - strong student body.
NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence. This reputation is reflected in our performance in various University League Tables.
In 2009 NUI Galway was named the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2009/10, while in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University has jumped almost 250 places in two years to rank 243 rd in the world.
Top quality teaching is our number one priority at NUI Galway. Our lecturers are working at the forefront of their subject area, bringing the latest ideas and discoveries into the lecture theatre. Our students are challenged to achieve their full potential by taking an active part in their learning.
Our commitment to excellence in teaching and research attracts high-calibre students from all over the world. More than 2,000 international students from over 90 countries, choose to study here.
A research-led University
NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas.
Research at NUI Galway is forward-thinking and global in scale. Today we are leading the field in a wide range of areas including stem cell and gene therapy research, human rights law, environmental change, and developing the next generation of internet technology.
Our key research achievements include:
Home to two Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSETs), our Digital Enterprise research Institute (DERI) and our Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI)
Awarded Republic of Ireland's first UNESCO Chair in Children's Youth and Civic Engagement
The world's leading experts in Human Rights Law
Ireland 's leading Marine and Environmental Research Centres
Ireland 's primary centre for stem cell and gene therapy research and regenerative medicine
DERI, the world's largest research institute of internet technology
Much of our research is translational; we have developed excellent research and development collaborations with national and multi-national industry partners. NUI Galway is Ireland's leading University for knowledge transfer with more spin out companies, licenses and patents created in the last three years, than any other Irish university.