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University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland located in Cork.

The university was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway. It became University College Cork, under the Irish Universities Act of 1908. The Universities Act 1997 renamed the university as National University of Ireland, Cork, and a Ministerial Order of 1998 renamed the university as University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork, though it continues to be widely known as University College Cork.

Its degrees, conferred by the National University of Ireland, are internationally recognised and over 19,000 students take its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The University enjoys an international reputation, which draws more than 2,800 students from 100 countries across the world.

The University offers honours bachelor degree programmes across the Humanities, Business, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Science, Food Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and the Clinical Therapies.

 Today, UCC is a major research-intensive university delivering world-class research in academic departments and in research centres of national and international significance.

The University has a beautiful and cosmopolitan campus with the gothic revival style main quadrangle building, modelled on a typical Oxford College, at its centre. The campus is within easy walking distance of Cork city centre where cafes, restaurants and night life combine to create a vibrant European city atmosphere.

 UCC offers a splendid student experience characterized by the quality and range of its academic programmes, excellence in teaching and learning, responsive student support services and outstanding opportunities for personal development through its many clubs and societies. At UCC there is a strong emphasis on the visual arts, theatre and music.

The University was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2003, 2005 and 2011. The 2011 QS World University Rankings assigned a 5-star rating to UCC, and ranked the university amongst the top 2% of universities worldwide. Also in 2011, UCC became the first university worldwide to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management. The University ranks 4th worldwide in terms of food research, and in 2013 the medical school was ranked among the top 200 in the world. Dr. Michael B. Murphy has been president of the university since February 2007.