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National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth or NUIM) was founded by the Universities Act, 1997 as a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is Ireland's second oldest university, tracing its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795.

 The University draws inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

NUI Maynooth is located in the historic town of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, 20 km west of Dublin. Its grounds consist of two connected campuses; an older south campus of 19th century buildings, shared with St. Patrick's College, and a modern north campus, occupying circa 100 acres.

 The University is internationally recognised for the quality and value of its research and scholarship and its dedication and commitment to teaching.

 NUI Maynooth has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and human health. This research connects directly with the teaching, and with wider societal needs through a very successful knowledge transfer office.

 The University community comprises over 9,000 students and 800 staff from more than 20 countries. The institution has grown rapidly in recent years, but retains a student-centred and deeply collegial ethos.

 NUI Maynooth has recently launched a new University Strategic Plan 2012-17, charting a clear and ambitious direction for the development of the University, including major enhancements in undergraduate and postgraduate education, focussed investment in research, further internationalisation, and deeper engagement with enterprise and the community.

 The University has three Faculties – the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; the Faculty of Science and Engineering; and the Faculty of Social Sciences, which offer programmes from undergraduate to doctorate levels in a range of disciplines including the traditional humanities, music, education, anthropology, media studies, business, basic sciences, social sciences, computer and electronic engineering.

 In 2008, NUI Maynooth was named Sunday Times University of the Year.

The University is ranked in the top 400 universities included in the worldwide Times Higher Education survey. It is the highest placed university in Ireland in the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings survey with an overall position of 74th among the next generation of leading universities in the world.

 NUI Maynooth has achieved high scores in 13 of the 30 subject areas included in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2013. The University’s outstanding strengths in English Literature and Geography and English Language and Literature are recognised by rankings in the range of 101-150 and 151-200 respectively.

NUI Maynooth was ranked first in Ireland and third in the world in the 2011/12 International Student Barometer Survey, an international survey involving over 209,000 international students from 238 universities in 16 countries.

 The distinctive attractions and opportunities for international students provided by NUI Maynooth are also confirmed by the University’s inclusion as the first university outside of North America in the Princeton Review which provides a Guide to the Best Colleges.