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University College Dublin (also known as UCD), formally known as University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin  is Ireland's largest university, with over 1,300 faculty and 30,000 students.
The university originates in a body founded in 1854 as the Catholic University of Ireland with John Henry Newman as the first rector, re-formed in 1880 and chartered in its own right in 1908. The Universities Act, 1997 renamed the constituent university as the "National University of Ireland, Dublin", and a ministerial order of 1998 renamed the institution as "University College Dublin- National University of Ireland, Dublin".
Originally located in the centre of the metropolis, most of the university's faculties have since been relocated to a 147 hectares (360 acres) park campus at Belfield, four kilometres to the south of the city.
University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. At UCD undergraduate education, master's and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
Today, UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers.
UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with approximately 7,000 graduate students, and almost 2,000 PhD students. Over 50% of UCD undergraduates progress to graduate studies.
UCD is home to over 6,000 international students and delivers degrees to over 5,000 students on overseas campuses. In addition, the University places great emphasis on the internationalisation of the Irish student experience – preparing all UCD students for future employment and life that crosses borders, boundaries and cultures.
Seven separate colleges house 38 academic schools offering an extensive range of programmes. Undergraduate courses at UCD provide a wide level of flexibility and choice, while equipping students with broad-based skills, and offering clear career and graduate pathways. There is an extensive range of taught masters programmes across all of the colleges – many of which are one year in duration. The structured PhD programme aims to enable UCD PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training.
The large, modern campus offers extensive accommodation options with 24 hour security and is set for complete redevelopment in the coming years focusing on architectural excellence and environmental sustainability. There are excellent sports and library facilities available to students, including the famous James Joyce library.
The new Student Sports & Social Centre features a 50 metre swimming pool, theatre and cinema. UCD is well serviced by a public transport network that connects the campus to Dublin city centre.