The Irish Universities
There are seven universities in the Republic of Ireland – from the oldest, Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, to the newest, Maynooth University, established in 1997. All seven have University of Sanctuary status and are ranked in the top 500 universities worldwide. For information on each of our member universities visit their individual university profiles or see the history of the seven universities in our university timeline.
The seven Irish universities are internationally recognised for quality in education, research and the overall student experience – a recognition they relentlessly strive to enhance. Irish universities offer a diverse range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a top quality education recognised internationally. Over the coming years the universities will be strengthening their offer, aligning existing activities and implementing new strategies in reference to the government’s National Higher Education Strategy.
Universities not only feed the talent pipeline they are innovative hotspots nurturing creativity and critical thinking. An independent study commissioned by the IUA and conducted by economists Indecon – Delivering for Ireland: An Impact Assessment of Irish Universities – assembled a broad range of information from the universities and public bodies such as the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Central Statistics Office, the Department of Education and others. Their findings show the significant contribution and impact of universities both economically and in our society.
Our six point charter – Ireland’s Future Talent – A Charter for Irish Universities – commits to transform capability and performance across a range of key criteria to deliver a sustainable, competitive university system for Ireland’s foreseeable needs.