NUI Galway Rises 21 Places in QS World University Rankings

The University is now ranked in top 1% of universities in the world

NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, moving up another 21 places.  We are now ranked 238th in the world’s top 1,000 institutions. This ranking confirms our position among the world’s elite educational institutions, placing us in the top 1% of universities in the world, and in the top 20% in the QS World Ranking.

Meanwhile, our University is counted among the Top 350 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020/21. In 2020, the new Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings placed NUI Galway 10th in the world for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for research on life below water and support for aquatic ecosystems and ranked 68th in the world for addressing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals overall.

Key Facts


We now rank 238 in the world in the QS World University Rankings


NUI Galway rose 21 places in QS ranking in one year


The University is now ranked among Top 1% in the world


NUI Galway is now home to over 3,300 International Students


There are over 19,000 students enrolled at NUI Galway


Students from over 120 countries worldwide