NUI Galway continues strong performance in QS World University Rankings

NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings, ranked 259th this year out of the world’s top 1,000 universities considered in this year’s QS ranking, maintaining its position among the world’s elite educational institutions. NUI Galway now ranks third in Ireland, the top Irish university outside Dublin, and 112th in Europe.

Since 2014 NUI Galway has moved up 25 places, and it is the only Irish institution to increase its ranking year on year in eight of the previous nine years. NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in its international scores, reflecting the welcoming nature and vibrant international population of Galway city.

“NUI Galway’s ranking this year highlights the continued performance of our university across a range of activities," said president of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. "We’re particularly pleased to see the diverse international nature of our university reflected this year, underlining the attractiveness of NUI Galway for international staff and students in Ireland’s most distinctively multicultural city.

“Now ranked as third in Ireland, and in the top 120 in Europe, our consistent performance over the past decade is evidence of the quality of our research and teaching programmes. This is a tremendous endorsement of the people and culture of our university. While conscious that rankings are only one measure of our activity, we know from our alumni, from employers, and from policy makers, that they are a useful and important international benchmark. On behalf of NUI Galway, I am delighted to see the commitment of our entire university community recognised and respected in this way.”

Globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named as the world’s leading university for a record-breaking eighth consecutive year. The top three institutions remain American — MIT is followed by Stanford University (second ) and Harvard University (third ). The top institution in the UK — and in Europe — is the University of Oxford, which has risen to fourth worldwide, with the University of Cambridge dropping to seventh.

The full rankings can be found at


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