The National University of Ireland, Maynooth is a vibrant, rapidly expanding third-level institution with more than 8,800 students. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Arts, Science, Engineering, Philosophy and Celtic Studies. A €100 million building programme has recently been completed, resulting in the most up-to-date academic facilities and student accommodation. The campus also possesses some of the finest state-of-the-art research facilities in Ireland.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth is one of four constituent universities of the federal National University of Ireland. The university traces its origins directly to the foundation in 1795 of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and it is Ireland's second oldest university. In that year, and as a direct consequence of the French Revolution and the turmoil then sweeping Europe, a college was established at Maynooth to accommodate the several hundred Irish students stranded at colleges abroad. In 1910 St Patrick's College became a recognized college of the newly established National University of Ireland and in 1997 the faculties of Arts, Science, Philosophy and Celtic Studies were given separate legal status as a constituent university - National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Today NUI Maynooth is a dynamic and innovative university with students from every county in Ireland as well as an increasing number of international students. Situated 25km west of Dublin, it is located in Ireland's only university town, Maynooth, which combines the historical legacy of its medieval origins with a present day location on the fringes of Dublin, adjacent to the Irish and European headquarters of many multinational high technology companies. It offers a student-friendly environment providing world-class teaching and research facilities and courses, while still retaining a uniquely friendly and personal atmosphere.
The university has three faculties – Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy; Social Sciences and Science & Engineering, which offer programmes from undergraduate to doctorate levels in a range of disciplines including the traditional humanities, music, education, media studies, psychology, basic sciences, social sciences, computer and electronic engineering. The educational reach of the institution stretches far beyond its physical boundaries, and NUI Maynooth has consistently been to the forefront in the university sector in promoting greater access to education. The university has established an outreach campus at Kilkenny, and in addition it offers a wide range of courses, diplomas, certificates and degrees, both undergraduate and postgraduate, at locations around the country
The university is committed to providing an environment within which the student can learn, develop and mature. The focus is on ensuring that all students have an experience that will benefit them not just academically but personally as well, and that the environment is truly student-friendly. The ongoing policy of investment in developing new programmes and courses, and in providing new learning and research facilities, is one part of the equation. Equally important is the ongoing investment in expanding and supporting student social and recreational facilities, and in particular in providing the necessary support for all students throughout their academic career, especially for young students for whom the first year at university can be a daunting challenge.
An Entrance Scholarship Scheme, which recognises students who achieve 525 points or more in the Leaving Certificate examination, is available for students entering the university. Successful students are awarded €1000 during their first academic year, following on their admission to the university. And in addition, they will have a place reserved for them in one of the university campus apartments for their first academic year (normal charges will apply).
In addition, the university has also taken initiatives to facilitate students who live outside the immediate Maynooth area. Daily bus routes have been established serving a wide range of counties. These bus services are significant in that they enable students to continue living at home while commuting daily to the university, resulting in significant cost savings in terms of accommodation
Research activity is central to the mission of NUI Maynooth. The university's Research Charter provides the institutional framework for developing research activities while the Office of Research and Graduate Studies operates a range of supports for researchers. Across many specialist fields, the university has won an international reputation for the standing of its research expertise in areas as diverse as immunology, agroecology and space technology.
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