NUI Galway ranks high on QS World University Rankings

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NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings despite dropping some places on this year’s list.

The University was ranked 260 of the 1,233 Universities considered in this year’s QS ranking, maintaining its position among the world’s elite educational institutions.

Despite falling down the ranking slightly, since 2014 NUI Galway has moved up 24 places, and it was the only Irish institution to increase its ranking year on year in the previous five years.

NUI Galway has continued to perform strongly in its international scores, reflecting the welcoming nature and vibrant international population of Galway city.

The impact of investment and improvement in education and research in other nations has meanwhile resulted in Ireland’s universities improving research performance, yet other nations have caught up.

Speaking after the announcement, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “We are on a flat curve where small changes make for a potentially large change in our rankings.

“In that context, we will continue to focus on what makes a difference for our students and for our society, drawing on the strengths of our hinterland to further enhance our international reputation and reach.”

Noting the QS comments on Irish Universities more generally and that the rest of the world is ‘catching up’, Professor Ó hÓgartaigh commented that this suggests that “investment in education is critically important as Ireland’s consistent source of economic and social development. Our students compete with the best in the world and, for them, so do we.”

Globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named the world’s leading university for a record-breaking seventh consecutive year.

QS now rank the world’s top 1000 universities, which hail from 85 different countries, and their flagship website, is due to be visited over 65 million times this year.