An introduction to National University of Ireland, Galway(NUI Galway)
NUI Galway at a glanceEstablished in 1845 as Queens College, Galway; in 1908 became a constituent college of the National University of Ireland and the name was changed to University College Galway; in 1997, was reconstituted as a University under the name of National University of Ireland, Galway.
Academically-challenging programmes in its seven facultiesArts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences.
The Universitys policy of innovative programme development ensures that the teaching programmes respond to the ever-changing needs of employers and of the economy.
Has a long-established reputation of teaching and research excellence.
Acadamh na hOllscolaochta Gaeilge: dedicated to pioneering third-level education through the medium of Irish.
Student data (2006/07)Full-time Part-time
Undergraduate Degree 8,585 705Distance Education Degree 86Postgraduate Degree (Taught) 1,077 531Postgraduate Degree (Research) 72259Postgraduate Diploma 804 104Erasmus 339Non-graduate Diploma 33 1,207Non-graduate Certificate46Visiting 65718
Examination only (369)
Total student number 15,342
Staff numbers (June 2006)Full-time Part-time Total
Academic 575 163738Academic support* 715 158873Contract Research 347 50397
Total staff 1,637 371 2,008
Research at NUI GalwayNUI Galway has been extremely successful in developinghigh-quality research initiatives and securing record levelsof funding.
Research at NUI GalwayIn its research policy, the University prioritises aninterdisciplinary focus on specific areas of excellence towards the development of world-class research institutes and centres. These include:
National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES)Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI)Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute (MRI)Environmental Change Institute (ECI)Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)Moore Institute for Research in Humanities and Social SciencesCentre for Irish StudiesIrish Centre for Human RightsCentre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC)Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG)Centre for Family and Child Research
The Technology Transfer Office at NUI Galway supports national and regional economic development by creating an environment that values intellectual property, promotes technology transfer and commercialisation activity among University researchers. It also manages start-up activity.
NUI Galways international networkOver 1,700 international students from 50 countries.
New agreements with leading universities in China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Socrates/Erasmus Programme: student exchange agreements with 115 European countries; a similar number of North American students participate in the Junior Year/Semester Abroad Programme. The International Summer School has been running for 20 years.
International Scholarships Programme: aims to develop the capacity of outstanding individuals from developing countries who can assume leadership roles in their fields of study and whose work will enhance the development of their own society (students from South Africa, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia currently studying at NUI Galway under this scholarship programme).
The NUI Galway Access ProgrammePromotes initiatives that encourage greater participation in university education among under-represented groups.
Creates a supportive learning environment for students who have experienced socio-economic and educational disadvantage to enable their access to, and participation in, 3rd level education.
Includes pre-university preparatory courses, a support system for students, special links with primary and secondary schools, as well as with other educational and developmental bodies.
The Mature Students Programme promotes participation by adults in third-level education.
Access education programmes now being delivered in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
Volunteerism at NUI GalwayThrough a strategic programme entitled the Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway academics and staff actively engaged in developing lasting relationships with community organisations through student volunteering, service learning, research and knowledge sharing.
The ALIVE programme offers NUI Galway students the opportunity to receive a certificate for the contribution they make by volunteering.
They also receive training in transferable skills and develop work-related, practical skills through their volunteering experiences.
The arts at NUI GalwayNUI Galway has a tradition of facilitating a strong and vibrant artistic environment (e.g. Druid, Macnas, etc.).
Annual programme of on-campus exhibitions, concerts, art lectures and theatre productions.
Mscailt (the Universitys Spring Arts Festival) celebrates the artistic achievements of the University community.
Impressive art collection representing 20th century Irish painting and sculpture.
Writers-in-residence engage with students, staff, and the wider community through a series of talks, seminars, and writing workshops.
NUI Galway Alumni AssociationNurtures active and mutually beneficial relationship between NUI Galway and its graduates throughout the world, by promoting the continued involvement of graduates with the University community.
Over 63,000 graduates worldwide.
The Alumni Office is responsible for a range of alumni events: Alumni Awards, Gala Banquet, alumni reunions, and alumni publications (e.g. Cois Coiribe).
Galway University FoundationGenerates financial support for the University from private individuals and institutions.
Currently engaged in a major fundraising initiative to secure private support towards the Universitys investment of 400 million, over 5 years, in a major infrastructural development programme.
Interacts with friends, alumni and staff of the University and works closely with a number of donors, many of whom have provided significant funding for building projects, as well as initiatives in the areas of access, library acquisitions and international scholarships.
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