A message from the President

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Fáilte romhat - Welcome to National University of Ireland, Galway.

Since its establishment in 1845, NUI Galway has developed a strong tradition of research and scholarship within an academic environment that emphasizes the student experience.  

From an initial intake of 63 students in 1849, NUI Galway is now a thriving community of 18,000 students, of which over 3,000 are international students, representing some 115 countries across the globe.  

NUI Galway is a leading international, research-intensive university, ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. Our academics are recognised internationally for their expertise in areas including Biomedical Engineering Science; Internet Technology, Human Rights Law, Environmental Marine & Energy Research; Social Science & Public Policy; and Digital Humanities.

Many of our alumni and academics have become leaders in their fields in Ireland and far beyond, including physicist, George Johnstone Stoney, who discovered and named the electron; Alice Perry, the first woman engineer in the world; many leaders in political and public life, including President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins; writers and actors, John McGahern, Thomas Kilroy and the founders of the renowned Druid Theatre Company.

Whether you are a prospective student, a researcher, a graduate or a visitor to our campus I invite you to explore the pages of this website and to share in the life of our university.

James J. Browne, Ph.D., D.Sc., MRIA, C.Eng

Uachtarán - President

Highlights 2015/16

NUI Galway President

Dr James J. Browne

Quick facts

The Quadrangle at NUI Galway

NUI Galway Has Over:

  • 18,000 students.
  • 3,000 international students from 115 countries.
  • 2,500 staff members.
  • 120 links with universities across the globe.
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
  • 170 years experience providing university education.

NUI Galway Is:

  • Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • The largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies