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University College Dublin

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate educationmasters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. UCD is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 139 countries, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. UCD students and worldwide network of 269,000 alumni benefit from a UCD education that enables them to thrive and contribute in an increasingly global community. As the number one 'university of destination' for international students coming to Ireland, UCD's 7,923 international students make up 27% of the student body, while international academics make up 30% of UCD's faculty. As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland through the study of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation.

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Research and Innovation at UCD

The spectrum of research and innovation at UCD encompasses individual scholars, research groups, start-up companies and large-scale collaborations with industry and other partners. Research is conducted within each of the University's extensive range of disciplines, and in multidisciplinary research programmes addressing challenges of global scale.

In 2017/18 UCD researchers secured €122.4 million in research grants from national and international funding agencies, companies and foundations. Since 2008 UCD researchers have secured over €1 billion in such grants. Their research underpins national research and technology institutes and centres, including the SFI funded Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsIrish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG)Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON) and I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

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Teaching and Learning at UCD

UCD is globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning –  20 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019). This quality of teaching is complemented by a high standard of support. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 9,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students. 1,571 PhD students benefit from a structured PhD programme as well as the research-led education culture at UCD. For the last two years UCD has ranked number one in Ireland for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, 2019).

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The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O'Brien Centre for ScienceUCD Sutherland School of LawUCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre. There are excellent sports and library facilities available to students, including the famous James Joyce library. The Student Sports & Social Centre features a 50 metre swimming pool, theatre and cinema. UCD is well serviced by a public transport network that connects the campus to Dublin city centre.


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