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Top 10 Institutions in Ireland

Check out Ireland's cream of the crop. Ireland's best Universites and Colleges for 2013

Mahesh Ramani | 04 Jan 2013 | Updated on 03 Dec 2014 | 2.6K Views
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The University of Limerick (UL) is ranked as the number 1 independent university in Ireland for providing an ‘outstanding student experience’. UL is located near the city of Limerick.

A Magical Land

Do you recollect the fascinating countryside from movies such as P.S. I Love You and The Braveheart and Bollywood’s blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger? These movies were partly shot in Ireland; a nature-lover will get lost in the lovely lakes, the green hills, the lovely meadows and the babbling brooks and silvery streams of Ireland. The magical castles and natural wonders like the Giant’s Causeway and the limestone formations of the Burren are other attractions.

Literature and Music

Ireland is also a great place to study; some of the intellectual luminaries from Ireland include poet W.B. Yeats and novelists and playwrights like Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Musicians of repute include artistes of music groups like U2, The Cranberries, Westlife, etc.

Why Study in Ireland?

  • Excellent system of higher education
  • World-class institutions and innovative courses
  • Thriving Indian community
  • Robust economy 
  • Excellent standard of living at affordable costs
  • Part-time job opportunities
  • Close proximity to London

The Irish Top-10

There are more than 30 universities in Ireland. The top 10 institutions in Ireland as per this website are: 
1 Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin 
2 University College Cork 
3 University College Dublin
4 Dublin City University
5 University of Limerick
6 National University of Ireland, Galway
7 Dublin Institute of Technology
8 National University of Ireland, Maynooth
9 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
10 Cork Institute of Technology

Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin 

In existence for over 400 years now, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is Ireland’s top-ranking academic institution. There are a number of schools and departments that make up three major faculties and offer courses in subjects as diverse as history and biochemistry and immunology and statistics. There is a strong community of Indian students at TCD. A bit of trivia - Parts of the Bollywood blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger were filmed at TCD!

University College Cork

Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and has Shanghai and San Francisco as its sister cities. University College Cork or UCC is Ireland’s leading research-oriented university offering internationally renowned programmes through its four constituent colleges. UCC has about 2,400 international students from 98 different countries.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is known as Ireland’s global university as it has over 5,000 international students, including 250 international students who are studying at UCD as part of a student exchange programme. By size, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with a state-of-the-art campus that is just a few minutes away from the Dublin city centre. UCD is a member of Universitas 21 a global network of leading universities.

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is among Ireland’s more recent academic institutions; the institution received University-status in 1989. DCU offers more than 80 programmes in technology, engineering, business, communications, humanities, science and health. DCU has a beautiful 85-acre campus, which is just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport.

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is ranked as the number 1 independent university on Ireland for providing an ‘outstanding student experience.’ UL is five kilometres from the city of Limerick and is a 20-minute drive from Shannon International Airport. UL has academic partnerships with a number of universities from all over the world and hosts a number of international students on its campus. 

National University of Ireland, Galway

Established in 1845, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway is Ireland’s top-ranking University for student employability; with 96% of NUI’s students finding a job within six months of completing their studies. NUI has over 2,000 international students and 90,000 alumni in over 107 countries. NUI offers a holistic cultural and educational experience.

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) was established in 1887 and has over 1,000 international students. DIT has six city centres across Dublin and offers its students a wealth of amenities and training facilities. DIT offers courses in the arts, business, tourism, engineering, science and health. DIT is ranked 48th out of 1,000 universities worldwide for teaching quality as per THES-QS 2008. 

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

The National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth is Ireland’s fastest growing university. With 8,500 students from over 50 countries studying at NUI gives students a great chance to meet fellow students from other cultures. NUIM has three faculties and offers courses in the humanities, music, education, social sciences, law, business, accounting, digital media, science and engineering.  

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland or RCSI was granted a Charter 1n 1784, which enabled RCSI to control the practice of surgery and to make provision for surgical education. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland (NUI) concluded an agreement in 1977 whereby the Medical School is a recognised college of the NUI and its students graduate from the National University of Ireland as well as from the RCPI and the RCSI. RCSI is at the forefront of medical research and is amongst the top-ranking medical-training institutions in the world.

Cork Institute of Technology

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) offers a range of higher education qualifications in business, engineering, science, computing, humanities, media, art and music. CIT has 6,000 full-time students and an equal number of students doing part-time course as well. CIT’s courses are accredited by all major awarding bodies and the engineering courses are recognised in all countries, which are party to the Washington Accord.

The Perfect Mix

Ireland offers the right mix of past heritage and a bright modern future in its beautiful cities like Dublin, Belfast and Cork. The people are friendly and fun-loving and there are a number of part-time work-options for students. There is a strong community of expatriate Indians as well and one is never too far away from a homely Indian restaurant.
So what are you waiting for? Ireland beckons - apply today! 

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