That was the year Queen’s College Galway was founded. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 63 students.

From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. Today we are ranked among the Top 2% of universities in the world and recognised as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

What Sets Us Apart?

Ask anyone who has studied at NUI Galway – it really is a place apart. Our riverside campus is warm and welcoming, and at the same time filled with ambition. It is home to a diverse and vibrant community of staff and students who are dynamic, creative and highly driven.

While firmly rooted in the west of Ireland, with its unique landscape and culture, we reach out to the world through a global network of projects and partnerships.

We are a research-led university that measures its success by our positive impact on the world around us. From human rights to the latest medical devices, our research confronts some of the most pressing issues of our time

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Fáilte go Gaillimh

The best way to find out what makes our University so special is to visit our campus. Take the opportunity to see for yourself where our staff and students work, study, eat, live and play. We recommend you take a stroll along the river bank, and visit some of the many free cultural attractions on campus, including our three on-campus museums. Planning a Visit to NUI Galway? Click here for more.

Galway in Numbers

Our University is home to more than 17,000 students and around 2,500 staff. Our teaching is delivered across over 60 disciplines, which are organised into 16 Schools and – in turn – five Colleges.

NUI Galway attracts over €50 million in direct research income annually. We are home to a number of research centres and institutes that are recognised worldwide for the quality of their research. Each year, over 40 new invention disclosures are made at the University.

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Gender Equality

NUI Galway is fully committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all staff, irrespective of their gender.

The University has signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter, which promotes innovation and good practice in the employment of women in research and higher education. We have also launched a Gender Equality Taskforce, which will make recommendations on how we can improve work practices and procedures in the University.

Read more on our recent progress

Vision 2020

Vision 2020 is NUI Galway's Strategic Plan for the coming years. It lays out a bold vision for the University that faces the future with ambition.

Vision 2020 includes a series of commitments and targets across the wide range of University activity, including:

  • > Teaching & Learning
  • > Research & Innovation
  • > NUI Galway & the World - our internationalisation strategy
  • > Our Communities - of students, staff, alumni, partners, and others

Read our Vision for 2020