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  1. Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been named Ireland's best university for the second year. The university, founded in 1592, has a long history and a reputation for distinction in education, research, and innovation. Ireland's only member of the elite League of 22 European Research Universities (LERU). Writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, physicists William Rowan Hamilton and Earnest Walton, and political thinker Edmund Burke are among TCD's distinguished graduates.


2. University college Dublin

University College Dublin is ranked joint 177th globally, up to eight places this year (UCD). For the second year in a row, UCD has been named Ireland's second-best university. It educates over 30,000 students from 136 countries.

The school ranks second only to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in the academic reputation indicator. Students graduate with an internationally certified degree from a university in the top one per cent of the world thanks to UCD's flexible curriculum and research-led learning taught by the entire academic staff.


3.National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

The National University of Ireland, ranked third in Ireland and joint 238th globally in Galway, has dropped eight places in the index this year. Despite this decline, it ranks highly in the faculty-to-student ratio and foreign faculty metrics.

In 1845, the National University of Ireland in Galway was established. Since then, it has grown dramatically in both size and reputation, with a student body of over 18,000 students. NUIG provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and part-time degrees, flexible learning choices, and online learning.


4.University College Cork (UCC)

University College Cork (UCC) is ranked fourth in Ireland and 286th worldwide, having risen an incredible 24 places this year. It was founded in 1849, making it substantially older than any other Irish university included in the rankings. UCC presently boasts a student body of over 21,000 students.

The UCC campus is located on 42 acres of woodland land, about a 10-minute walk from Cork city centre. Ireland's most prestigious research university has a high worldwide faculty indicator score.

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5. Dublin City University (DCU)

Dublin City University (DCU) is ranked joint 439th internationally and fifth in Ireland in the global top 500. DCU was established in 1975 and now has three campuses located throughout Dublin.It is committed to boosting the employability of its students and developing transferable skills. It was the first higher education institution in Ireland to include workplace internships (INTRA) in its undergraduate programmes.


6. University Of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is ranked 511-520 globally and sixth in Ireland this year. UL is located on Ireland's west coast, near the Shannon River, in pristine natural surroundings.

Because of UL's strong ties to business and industry, its graduates have a 15% higher employment rate than the national average. The school was the first in Ireland to introduce the concept of Cooperative Education, which helps to place over 2,000 students in paid and semi-paid work placements each year.


7.Maynooth University

Maynooth University is ranked eighth in Ireland and 701-750 globally. Maynooth Institution was founded in 1997 as an autonomous university, but its roots may be traced back to the Royal College of St Patrick, founded in 1795.

More than 13,000 pupils from 90 nations attend the institution now. It has a robust worldwide orientation, with various foreign programmes and collaborations. It achieved its most excellent score in the international faculty indicator this year, ranking 210th globally.


8. Technological University Dublin

The Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin), which ranks 801-1000 internationally, is at the top of our list of the best universities in Ireland. TU Dublin was established in 2019 as Ireland's first Technological University. The school has a strong employment rate, with 93 per cent of graduates finding work or continuing their studies within nine months of graduation.

With 29,700 students representing 138 different nations, TU Dublin is highly varied. The university has three campuses in total: one in the centre of Dublin city and campuses in Blanchardstown and Tallaght, two of Dublin's most crowded neighbourhoods.

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