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University Of Galway

Galway, Ireland

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

From Queen's College to the National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. The Quadrangle first opened its doors to 68 students on 30th October 1849 and the University, then known as Queen's College was born. The University was one of three Queen's Colleges, the others located in Cork and Belfast. 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. NUI Galway Announces Global AACSB Accreditation. The university is academically affiliated with  Atlantic University Alliance(AUA), Coimbra Group, European University Association (EUA), National University of Ireland (NUI),  Irish Universities Association (IUA) and Universities Ireland (UI). According to the QS World University Rankings for 2021, NUI Galway is the world's 258th best university. NUI Galway rankings are third in Ireland, 195 in Faculty/Student Ratio, 165 in International Faculty Ratio, 238 in  International Student Ratio, and overall Ireland is the 38th-most represented location in the world. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The Quadrangle has been developing since the University first opened its doors in 1845 to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students. On 105 hectares of land on the banks of the River Corrib, the main campus now comprises over 90 structures. NUI Galway is currently undergoing a €400 million development project, the largest expansion of facilities at any Irish university. Since 2010, the 'Campus of the Future' project has completed the Biosciences Research Building, Engineering Building, Hardiman Research Building, Lambe Institute for Translational Research, and HRB Clinical Research Facility, among other famous new research buildings. The university provides over 50 undergraduate degree programmes and over 160 graduate courses. Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Environment, Social Sciences and Public Health are among the top courses offered by the university.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

NUI Galway is a world-renowned research-intensive university. In areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally, they emphasise inter-disciplinary research programmes and collaborations with industry partners. The New York Times has voted Galway the "Most Charming City." NUI Galway is the top Irish university for the world's most prominent scientists, with four of its researchers named to Thomson Reuters' list of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2015. Their lecturers are consistently ranked among the best in the country, as evidenced by National Teaching Awards and other recognition programmes. The university has a prestigious network of 110,000 Alumni Worldwide. Some of the notable names are Enda Kenny, Former Taoiseach, Heather Humphreys, Teachta Dála of Ireland and Carol Nolan, Teachta Dála of Ireland.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

NUI Galway has nearly 19,000 students on campus, including 4,000 international students from 110 countries, 2,600 staff members, 110,000 alumni worldwide, and 1,380 linkages with institutions throughout the world, including 200 in 25 EU countries and 180 in 15 additional countries. The institution aspires to give high-quality career assistance and information to students with the goal of assisting and empowering them. Among the top employers of university graduates are Deloitte, Accenture, EY, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

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