NUI Galway is internationally recognised for its excellence.

In the past five years, NUI Galway has been the only university in Ireland to rise consistently in the most competitive World University Rankings. Both the QS and Times Higher Education Rankings have placed the University in a higher position year-on-year, and we are now counted among the Top 250 universities in both rankings. According to QS, NUI Galway is among the Top 1% of universities in the world.

Key Facts


According to QS, NUI Galway is among the Top 1% of Universities.


The University rose 6 places in the QS Rankings for 2017.


We now rank 243 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.


consecutive year that NUI Galway has continued its rise.


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


There are over 18,000 students enrolled at NUI Galway.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 academic year:

Research Impact

NUI Galway has secured €38m in funding from Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation Programme. NUI Galway’s research community has been successful in attracting €4m through other European programmes, including INTERREG, Erasmus and ESA; bringing the total awards under the current cycle of European funding (2014-20) to just over €42m.

NUI Galway is home to approximately 600 researchers, and advances during the year covered areas as diverse as new robotic devices to help failing hearts, mathematical equations that can make Batman’s cape a reality, community based research on quality of life in Irish cities and arsenic contamination in groundwater.

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In November 2016, four NUI Galway staff members, Professor Henry Curran, Professor Colin O'Dowd, Professor Donal O'Regan and Dr Ronan Sulpice were named among the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers in an international analysis carried out by Clarivite.

December 2016 saw the completion of a major investment by NUI Galway in clinical training across the West/North West region with a new Medical Academy in Donegal coming on stream joining academies in Mayo and Sligo.

Two members of staff were awarded National Teaching and Learning Awards for the student engagement initiative Breaking the SEAL – breaking down the barriers for secondary school students to academia - Barry Houlihan, from the James Hardiman Library and Paul Flynn, from the School of Education. Jerome Sheahan, Mathematics, was recognised also with a National Teaching Hero Award.

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Campus Developments

In April 2017, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially opened the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. The Centre includes a 120-seate theatre space with retractable tiered seating and LED stage lighting, the first of its kind in Ireland.

In September 2016 the SFI CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices was officially launched, the €49million centre enhances our reputation as a global hub for medtech.

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