University College Dublin Information
University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin, commonly known as University College Dublin or UCD, is the largest university in Ireland. The name in Gaelic is An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath.
It won the Sunday Times University of the Year award in 2006. The University consistently ranks first or second in Ireland in university ranking surveys conducted by different organisations. University College Dublin Ranking is number 92 in Europe. Other good Eire colleges include the Trinity College Dublin and the University College Cork.
UCD traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded on 18 May 1854. The school was an attempt to make higher education more accessible to Irish Catholics. The Catholic University of Ireland, however, suffered severe financial crises and never received a royal charter so it was unable to award any recognised degrees. Its first rector, John Henry Newman, left in 1857 and the University rapidly declined. In 1880, however, the decline was put to a halt with the founding of the Royal University of Ireland, whose charter allowed Irish students to take the University’s examinations and therefore receive degrees.
To receive the benefits of the establishment of the Royal University, the Catholic University of Ireland was re-formed and renamed into the University College Dublin in 1880. UCD attracted some of Ireland’s best students and academics including James Joyce and Gerard Manley Hopkins. It outperformed the colleges included in the Royal University system. The Royal University was later dissolved in 1908 to give way to the establishment of the National University of Ireland. The new system had three constituent colleges in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. In 1997, UCD, through the Universities Act, became a constituent university of the National University of Ireland system.
University College Dublin currently has 34 schools divided among its five colleges: College of Arts & Celtic Studies; College of Business and Law; College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences; College of Human Sciences; and College of Life Sciences. The University also has 18 research institutes and centres as well as a Graduate School.
University College Dublin has produced many notable alumni including five former Taoisigh (Prime minister of Ireland) and four former Irish presidents. Other notable UCD graduates include writers James Joyce, Roddy Doyle, and Flann O’Brien; actors Brendan Gleeson and Gabriel Byrne; film directors Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan; cardinals Desmond Connell and Tomas O’Fiaich; and many others.
University College Dublin Address
The UCD is located in Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
University College Dublin Rankings and Quick Facts
To the stars, fair play.
|Ranking – Times 200 (UK)||
|University world Ranking – Jiaotong 500 (China)||
203 to 304
|European Rank (Jiaotong)||
81 to 123
University College Dublin Facts
|Students (Undergraduates / PG/ Total)||
|Faculty / Staff||
1325 / 3,265
EUA, Universitas 21