The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) (Irish: Ollscoil na hÉireann Mhá Nuad), commonly known as Maynooth University (MU), is located in County Kildare, Ireland.
It is Ireland’s youngest university as it was founded by the Universities Act, 1997 from the secular faculties of the now separate St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which was founded in 1795. Maynooth is also the only university town in Ireland.
With over 12,000 students enrolled in the college and over 800 staff from over 20 different countries, it is Ireland’s smallest, yet fastest growing university. In 2009, NUI Maynooth was listed as a Top 500 university in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. The 2012 QS World University Rankings put NUIM in the 501-550 bracket worldwide. In 2008 it was named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’. In 2011, NUI Maynooth became the first and only institution outside of North America to be included in The Princeton Review of Best Colleges. Most recently, in 2016, NUI Maynooth was ranked 651-700 in the QS World University Rankings. It also has the highest proportion of university participation in Ireland of mature students (16%) and access students (22%).
Maynooth University is Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 11,000 students from more than 90 countries. Maynooth University benefits from a tradition of academic excellence in the humanities and sciences tracing back to 1795.
With seven cutting-edge research institutes on campus and one of the best records for commercialising research of any Irish university, there are exciting and tangible opportunities for students to further their academic or professional careers.
Maynooth University boasts innovative degree programmes and world-class teaching facilities. Through our three academic faculties – Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Social Sciences; Science and Engineering – students can choose programmes from undergraduate to doctorate level in a broad range of disciplines including the humanities, music, education, social sciences, law, business, accounting, digital media, science and engineering.
Maynooth University is fully committed to the support of life-long learning and their programmes offer many options to those seeking a new educational challenge or a continuation of professional development.
‘We pride ourselves on our dynamism and our strong sense of community. We offer innovative degree programmes delivered by high-calibre staff, access to world-class research laboratories, and the benefits of strong links with local industry. On top of this, our students enjoy active yet intimate campus life, supported by a thriving community spirit’. Professor Philip Nolan, President
The Student Centre and Sports Centre buildings on the North Campus are the focal points for over 30 clubs and 60 societies and there is something to suit everybody. If for some reason there is an activity that is not represented here on campus then contact the Student Engagement Officer in the Students Services Centre or the Sports Officer in the Sports Centre who will advise and help you start your own club or society. There are so many clubs and societies for everyone with different interests, such as the Disney soc, Tea soc, Harry Potter soc, Comedy soc, Dance soc, or if you’d like to volunteer join one of the charity societies like St.Vincent’s DePaul.
When it comes to study time, Maynooth Library has many desks and computer rooms to be used for study. Group work or group study can be done in the group study rooms located on the first floor or can be done in the bean bag room located on the ground floor.
The Phoenix can also be used for study or group study as well as for group meetings. For a more relaxed study station Costa Coffee is located on the first floor of the Phoenix.
The Maynooth Student Union Bar serves breakfast until 11am, lunch and dinner are served until late at night. They serve the typical Irish breakfast and Irish pub grub. Chill, are known for their breakfast pancakes and for their burritos.
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