Key Facts


We now rank 259 in the world in the QS World University Rankings


Since 2015, NUI Galway has moved up 25 places


We rank 163 in the world for our proportion of international staff


NUI Galway is now home to over 3,000 international students


There are over 18,000 students enrolled at NUI Galway


Students from over 100 countries worldwide

NUI Galway Continues Strong Performance in QS World University Rankings

NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings, maintaining its position among the world’s elite educational institutions.

The 2019 QS World University Rankings placed the University at number 259 out of the world’s top 1,000 universities. The University has climbed 25 places in the QS World University Ranking since 2014. NUI Galway now ranks 3rd in Ireland, the top Irish University outside Dublin, and 112th in Europe.

QS Subject Rankings Highlight Advances by NUI Galway

NUI Galway welcomed the publication of the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, which ranked NUI Galway as world-leading for its teaching and research in 18 subjects.

Speaking on the announcement of this year’s QS rankings, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh observed that “We are on a flat curve where small changes make for a potentially large change in our rankings.

In that context, we will continue to focus on what makes a difference for our students and for our society, drawing on the strengths of our hinterland to further enhance our international reputation and reach." 

Noting the QS comments on Irish Universities more generally and that the rest of the world is ‘catching up’, Professor Ó hÓgartaigh commented that this suggests that “investment in education is critically important as Ireland’s consistent source of economic and social development. Our students compete with the best in the world and, for them, so do we.”