History, Affiliations and Rankings
The provisions of an act enabling Queen Victoria to endow new colleges for the "Advancement of Learning in Ireland" led to the establishment of Queen's College, Cork. On December 30, 1845, the three colleges of Belfast, Cork, and Galway were incorporated under the provisions of this statute. Medicine, Arts, and Law were the three initial faculties when the college started in 1849 with 23 professors and 181 students. The University is affiliated to Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), European University Association (EUA), National University of Ireland (NUI), Irish Universities’ Association (IUA), Universities Ireland (UI) and Utrecht Network. The University College Cork is ranked #=198 in the QS US University Ranking 2022. It is ranked #392 in Best Global Universities (tie), #166 in Best Global Universities in Europe (tie) and #3 in Best Global Universities in Ireland as per the reports by US News and World Report.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University College Cork campus is one of Europe's most scenic, situated on the banks of the Lee River and within walking distance of a mediaeval city rich in culture and tradition. Against a backdrop of mature gardens, old limestone structures mix harmoniously with spectacular new architecture. The ultra-modern Computer Science building is located at the center of a UCC student's college life. Most lectures, lab sessions, and facilities utilized by the students are located in this state-of-the-art facility, which is only a three-minute walk from the newly expanded Mardyke Arena and a few minutes walk from Campus Accommodation. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various disciplines. Nursing, Agriculture and Forestry, Law and Legal Studies, English Language and literature and Pharmacy & Pharmacology are the famous and top ranked subjects offered by the University.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University’s major contribution in Ireland includes Supporting successful national bid, led by INTEGER of Trinity College Dublin, to extend the Athena SWAN Charter to Ireland, in conjunction with other colleagues engaged in promoting gender equality in higher education in Ireland and Successfully engaging the HEA’s Expert Group on Gender Equality in their National Review of Irish Higher Education Institutions by recommending actions and sharing their resources for effecting change for gender equality. They have also hosted the third Annual GENOVATE Convention at University College Cork. The university’s list of achievements is unending. UCC reportedly had 150,000 alumni worldwide. Some of the notable names include Norma Foley, Teachta Dála of Ireland, Cillian Murphy Irish actor and Maureen Gaffney, Writer.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are a total of 15,768 students enrolled, out of which 3,002 are from international backgrounds. The student body is composed of 85% students pursuing undergraduate programs and 15% doing the graduate courses. There are 1,619 faculty staff at the university from which 629 are the overseas staff. Employers value University College Cork graduates: 93 percent of their alumni are employed or enrolled in school within nine months of graduation. Apple, EY, Dell Technologies, Deloitte and Accenture are the top employers of the University graduates.