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The University of Limerick (UL) located in Limerick, Ireland, was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and became a university by statute in 1989 in accordance with the University of Limerick Act, 1989. The university was the first university established since the foundation of the State in 1922, followed later the same day by the establishment of Dublin City University.

The university has currently in excess of 11,000 full-time undergraduate students and 1,500 part-time students. There are also over 800 research postgraduates and 1,300 taught postgraduate students at the university. UL offers 72 undergraduate programmes and 103 taught postgraduate programmes across four faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education and Health Sciences; Kemmy Business School; and Science and Engineering.

The university is situated on a splendid riverside campus of over 131 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. The University of Limerick campus is located 5 km from Limerick city centre and 20 km from Shannon International Airport. The campus is in both County Limerick (South Bank) and County Clare (North Bank).

Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park (NTP), Ireland's first science/technology park (142 hectares), which is home to over 80 organisations employing almost 3,000 people. There is a close interaction between the National Technology Park and UL.

The Co-operative Education (commonly called Co-Op) programme, one of the largest in the European Union, allocates all students with an 8-month work placement as part of their degree. This was the first such programmes in the state. UL has an established network of over 1,700 cooperative education employers, and 2,000 undergraduate placements are secured annually in industry, commerce and the public service.

The university has gained a reputation among Irish schools for excellence in academics, innovation and course organization. It houses the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Music Centre. Students have free access to excellent university sports facilities (the largest indoor sports complex in Ireland), as well as the opportunity to join university clubs. The university supports over 70 social and athletic clubs that provide wonderful opportunities to get to know local students. Students are housed in on-campus student villages with both foreign and Irish students.

The year 2001 was the first year of operation, under the aegis of the Vice President External, of the programme of international education of the University of Limerick and the newly-created International Education Division of the University.

Professor Don Barry, a graduate of Yale University, is the current president of the university, having been appointed in 2007.

The University recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week of events including a live performance by The Coronas, a photographic exhibition and guided tours of the campus.