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The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is a tertiary-level educational institution located in Galway, Ireland. The University is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of 40 long-established European universities.
NUI Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen's College, Galway, and was until recently known as University College, Galway (UCG). Michael D. Higgins, President, Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Eamon Gilmore, Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Máire Whelan, Attorney General of Ireland are all Alumni of the University.
With over 17,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.
NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.
The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy.
NUI Galway’s reputation for teaching and research excellence is reflected in its performance in various University League Tables. The university is one of just two universities in Ireland who have been awarded five stars in the prestigious QS star ranking. Times Higher Education ranks NUI Galway the 3rd best university in Ireland. Meanwhile, five of its disciplines were listed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. They are: History; Computer Science and Info Systems; English Language and Literature; Pharmacy and Pharmacology; and Law.
The University’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research attracts high-calibre students from all over the world. More than 2,000 international students from over 90 countries, choose to study there.
NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. Research at NUI Galway is forward-thinking and global in scale.  Today the University is leading the field in a wide range of areas including stem cell and gene therapy research, human rights law, environmental change, and developing the next generation of internet technology.
Much of the research is translational; the University has developed excellent research and development collaborations with national and multi-national industry partners.  NUI Galway is Ireland's leading University for knowledge transfer with more spin out companies, licenses and patents created in the last three years, than any other Irish university.
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.
There are many unique aspects to NUI Galway, from the welcoming, supportive atmosphere on campus to the ability to develop innovative courses to meet the needs of the job market.
Innovative new courses are continually developed to respond to the needs of students and the job market. Many of these programmes are unique to NUI Galway and reflect the University’s expertise in selected areas.