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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Since the University opened the doors of the Quadrangle in 1845, the campus has been constantly evolving to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students. Today, the main campus has over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land situated on the banks of the River Corrib.
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NUI Galway is in the middle of a €400 million construction programme - the largest expansion of facilities in any university in Ireland. The 'Campus of the Future' project has already delivered iconic new research facilities such as:
- the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building
- Áras Moyola
- the Engineering Building
We continue to expand our research facilities in the University's five key research areas, with two new buildings in particular about to have a huge impact on the University's research capabilities:
- the Biosciences Research Building
- the Clinical/Translational Research Facility for the medical sciences
The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building is one of the newest additions to campus, opening in September 2013. Clad in cream limestone that becomes brighter when wet, the building hosts researchers and archives specialising in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
In the few years since the Engineering Building was opened, it has picked up numerous awards for its design and efficiency, including the Public Choice award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012. Located on the banks of the River Corrib, the building is clearly visible from the Quincentennial Bridge, especially at night time when the interior is dramatically illuminated.
Áras Moyola is home to the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Some of its stand-out features are its bronze exterior as well as its solid oak staircase.
Biosciences Research Building
The Biosciences Research Building is located on the north end of campus. It will be home to research labs and facilities for bioscience research.
Clinical/Translational Research Facility
This facility will greatly enhance the University's teach and research in the health sciences. Located close to University Hospital Galway, the facility will be at the forefront of patient care.
A favourite with tourists and wedding photographers, the Quadrangle is the University's most iconic building. Built in 1845, for decades it was the location of all teaching and research activities. Today, it houses mostly administrative staff, as well as the President's Office and a public venue in the Aula Maxima.
The Arts and Science concourse is one of the most vibrant parts of the campus, with thousands of students milling through its corridors each day. Constructed in the 1970s, the architecture is very much of its time. However, the sheltered concrete walkways make a welcome relief from Galway's often inclement weather.
NUI Galway has over:
- 17,000 students.
- 2,000 international students from 92 countries.
- 2,400 staff members.
- 120 links with universities across the globe.
- 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
- 165 years experience of providing university education.
NUI Galway is:
- Ireland's top University for student retention - Sunday Times 2011.
- Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
- the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.
NUI Galway is world leading for research in:
- Biomedical Science and Engineering
- Web Science
- Human Rights
- Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
- Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies
NUI Galway was awarded a QS Five Stars Rating in 2012