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 2012-13



Report of the President 2014

Tuarascáil an Uachtaráin 2014

‌The Report of the President features many highlights from the Academic Year 2012/13.

Click on the links above to read more.

NUI Galway has a tradition of endeavour and achievement, highlighted by a range of major institutional plaudits.


Some examples include:

NUI Galway's growing international profile was recognised in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, when the University was ranked third of all Irish universities, jumping 31 places in the table overall.

This achievement was mirrored in the QS World University Rankings 2013 where NUI Galway was one of only two universities in the country to increase its ranking.

Meanwhile, the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject saw five NUI Galway disciplines ranked in the top 200 - these were History; Computer Science and Info Systems; English Language and LIterature; Pharmacy and Pharmacology; and Law.

As part of our €400 million capital development programme, with significant support from private philanthropy we are adding excellent new research facilities to our Galway city campus. Recent additions include:

  • award-winning Engineering Building, the largest of its kind in Ireland
  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Research Building (opening Jan 2014)
  • Biosciences Research Building (opening Feb 2014)

Recent research highlights include:

  • the creation of the world's largest internet technology research institute and Ireland's largest State and industry-funded research centre - INSIGHT - lead by NUI Galway
  • significant Science Foundation Ireland investment in two new research centres involving NUI Galway researchers: MaREI, a centre for marine renewable energy, and a new Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre
  • the commencement of a ground-breaking project to digitise the Abbey Theatre's historic archive, to create the world's largest ever digital theatre archive
  • the unveiling of plans to establish a Mary Robinson Centre in her home town of Ballina, Co. Mayo


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.
  • 2,400 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 Univerisity 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