Our reputation

NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.

This reputation is reflected in our performance in various University Rankings.

We are the only Irish university to increase our position in the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings - the two most competitive ranking systems worldwide.

Times Higher Education ranks us in the

  • Top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Top 200 Most International Universities in the World for our international outlook
  • 3rd best university in Ireland

We received the highest ranking of 4 A grades in all four performance indicators of international orientation in the European Commission's U-Multirank system.

Meanwhile, according to Thompson Reuters, NUI Galway has more of the World's Most Influential Minds than any other Irish university, with four of our professors achieving the accolade.

Inspirational Teaching

Top quality teaching is our number one priority at NUI Galway. Our lecturers are working at the forefront of their subject area, bringing the latest ideas and discoveries into the lecture theatre. Our students are challenged to achieve their full potential by taking an active part in their learning.

Our commitment to excellence in teaching and research attracts high-calibre students from all over the world. More than 2,000 international students from over 90 countries, choose to study here.

A Research-led University

NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas.

Research at NUI Galway is forward-thinking and global in scale.  Today we are leading the field in a wide range of areas including stem cell and gene therapy research, human rights law, environmental change, and developing the next generation of internet technology.

Our key research achievements include:

  • Home to three Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSETs):
  • Awarded Republic of Ireland's first UNESCO Chair in Children's Youth and Civic Engagement
  • The world's leading experts in Human Rights Law
  • Ireland 's leading Marine and Environmental Research Centres
  • Ireland 's primary centre for stem cell and gene therapy research and regenerative medicine


Much of our research is translational; we have developed excellent research and development collaborations with national and multi-national industry partners.  NUI Galway is Ireland's leading University for knowledge transfer with more spin out companies, licenses and patents created in the last three years, than any other Irish university.