Galway - National University of Ireland In Galway

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Galway - National University of Ireland In Galway

Arts, science, commerce, engineering, celtic studies, medicine & health studies and law. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College, Galway. Founded in 1845 the university has experienced a growth in infrastructure and students since the 1960s. It has a total of 15,000 students of whom around 25% are postgraduates. This university is one of the four universities making up the National University of Ireland

At NUI Galway, we offer an extensive range of academically challenging undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international quality. Our programmes provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on successful careers. The University's long-standing policy of innovative programme development ensures that the teaching programmes respond to the ever-changing needs of employers and of the economy. Research activity at the University has undergone a period of rapid development in recent years and important initiatives have attracted substantial funding.

Student NUI GalwayThe commitment to excellence at NUI Galway embraces the holistic and individual development of each student, covering the intellectual, physical, social and cultural domains. In addition to the provision of top-class facilities for teaching and research, the University provides an excellent infrastructure for extracurricular activities. Áras na Mac Léinn, the Student Centre, incorporates sports and recreational facilities as well as student welfare services, facilities that will soon be enhanced by a new €40m sports centre.

NUI Galway’s close proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht, the largest Irish-speaking area in the country, provides a unique dimension to the campus. The regular use of the Irish language is an established part of social and academic life, while the city and university reflect the rich cultural ambience of a bilingual environment. NUI Galway recently launched Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, a national €35 million institution dedicated to pioneering third-level education through the medium of Irish.

The University has established an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching and for prioritising the needs of its students. Faced by the challenges presented by an era of change, we are committed to responding imaginatively and effectively to the needs of students and of society in the 21st century.

Galway was founded in the 13th century by the Anglo-Norman de Burgos as a medieval settlement on the eastern bank of the River Corrib.  It became a walled and fortified city state ruled by fourteen powerful merchant families, later known as the "Tribes of Galway".  Today the city is a vibrant, bustling centre of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.  The city, with its medieval streets, waterways, extensive range of shopping facilities, wealth of music sessions and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured. The seaside town of Salthill, a Galway suburb, is a renowned summer resort.  Its fine beaches open directly onto spectacular Galway Bay. Galway's numerous annual festivals and celebrations - among them the 'Cúirt' International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival - are famous throughout Ireland and beyond.  Galwegians can justly claim a quality of life that is surpassed nowhere in the world.

Being a university city, Galway is a lively energetic place throughout the year.  The University, situated close to the heart of Galway, enjoys an intimate relationship with the city and during the academic year, 20% of the population of the city are students.  A compact, thriving city, Galway caters to youth like few other places can.  The University's graduates have played a pivotal role in all areas of the development of Galway, including the arts, industry and commerce.

Ireland is an island situated to the Northwest of the continent of Europe, with a population of five million people. It is a sovereign independent state and a parliamentary democracy. The country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1922 and since then has enjoyed a stable government. Ireland is a full member of the European Union.

The Irish Sea separates Ireland from Britain. The climate of Ireland is temperate; the winter temperature averages about five degrees Celsius and rises to an average of sixteen degrees Celsius in summer. Temperatures above twenty-five degrees C are uncommon.

One of the six Celtic nations with its own distinctive Irish culture and language, Ireland is long renowned for its strong tradition of development and educational links with other nations. Know in the past as 'The Island of Saints and Scholars', today Ireland has an excellent educational infrastructure and an exceptionally high rate of participation in third-level education. Irish (Gaelic) is the first official language although it is English that is most widely spoken. Some Irish words that you may see regularly are: Fáilte (Welcome), Gardaí (Police), Fir (Gentlemen), Mná (Women).

Irish educators at home and abroad have contributed to the development of many societies and nations. In the fifth and sixth centuries, the organisation of early Christian Church in Ireland was based on monastic settlements. Some of these, such as Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, later became famous centres of learning, attracting many students from abroad. Later, Irish monks traveled all over Europe establishing monasteries and centres of learning.

Since its establishment in 1998, Galway University Foundation has been engaged in generating financial support for NUI Galway's programmes and activities from a range of private individuals and institutions. A core part of our work is in nurturing lasting relationships with donors who share NUI Galway's vision for the future.

NUI Galway is poised to spend €400 million over five years in an investment programme called the "Campus of the Future" that will make dramatic advances in education for the next generation. Capital developments on campus are made possible by a combination of government and private, philanthropic funding. A major fundraising initiative entitled the People & Place Campaign was publicly launched in 2004 to secure € 50 million in private support toward this goal.  To date we have exceeded our goal and having reached €65 million, the target is being increased to €100 million.  We greatly appreciate the effort of our Boards based here in Ireland and in the USA, chaired by John MacNamara (IRL) and Declan Kelly (USA).

 Galway - National University of Ireland In GalwayPhilanthropy has a key role to play in leveraging funding from public bodies and enhancing the quality of resources that can be offered to students.  New amenities and buildings on campus have benefited greatly from the generosity of private donors.  Several programmatic initiatives such as scholarships or experiential courses are funded solely by philanthropic support.

Information on current University priorities and details of opportunities for involvement in our fundraising programmes can be found in this website. We welcome interaction with the University’s many friends, benefactors and alumni and our staff team is available to discuss these projects or to provide further information at any time.