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23 & 24 April 2018 – National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland Galway

From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognised as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

“Our spectacular location boasts the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. Our global network connects us to partners around the world. Our researchers are shaping the future. Our students are shaping their own.”

Leading Research in Ireland
There is a vibrant research ecosystem at NUI Galway. This dynamic community attracts researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and students of the highest calibre. NUIG researchers take on some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. They serve and anticipate economic, societal and cultural needs.

NUI Galway has a growing international reputation based on the quality of their teaching and the global impact of their research.

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, or UCG for short
  • In 1997, it was changed again to National University of Ireland Galway, or NUI Galway for short

Newer parts of the University sprang up in the 1970s, including the iconic Arts/Science Concourse designed by architects Scott Tallon Walker. The 1990s also saw considerable development including the conversion of an old munitions factory into a student centre.

Since 2000, the University has invested €400 million in new buildings and facilities across campus. The early 2000s saw the addition of the Cairnes Building, Áras Moyola and the award-winning Engineering Building, all located in the north campus.

In recent years, they have added:

  • a new Biomedical Science research centre
  • the Institute for Lifecourse and Society
  • the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • and the new Human Biology building

As the capital development programme draws to a close, we are adding new residences on campus for over 900 students, as well as developing the Quadrangle – our very first building – into a centre for public and civic engagement.


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