NUI Galway Maintains Position in Times Higher Rankings

Advances in four of the five ranking pillars

NUI Galway has consolidated its position as a top 250 Global University in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017-18, remaining within the 201-250 range, while also improving its scores in four of the five main pillars categorised - international outlook, research, citation impact and industry income.
NUI Galway is the only Irish university to maintain or increase its position in two of the main international rankings in the last five years, having recently increased to 243rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017/2018 announced in June 2017.
The continuous improvement reflects recent advances by the University, NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne explained: “Rankings can’t measure culture or what makes a University a great place to learn, but the fact that we have risen from the Top 500 in 2007 to the Top 250 now is testament to the vision and hard work of our staff and students. We have been fortunate that a combination of philanthropic and exchequer funding has enabled us to transform our campus in recent years, and we’re now starting the see how this is enabling great strides to be made in our teaching and research.  
“Ultimately this is important for our students. In an international jobs market, rankings matter. Our students will be the future leaders and innovators and when we look at economic development, we need to make sure we have the supports in place to help our students to dream big and reach their potential.”
The Times Higher league table of the world’s top universities is based on 13 separate performance indicators covering all of the core missions of a world class university; teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The survey also includes one of the world’s largest academic reputation survey, with more than 10,000 academics asked to rate the world’s best universities for the 2017/18 ranking. 

Key Facts


We rank in the top 250 Universities in the world


NUI Galway is now home to over 3,000 international students.


There are over 18,000 students enrolled at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway Included in Top 200 List of Most International Universities in the World

NUI Galway has moved to the Top 200 list of the most international universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-2016.

Times Higher Education used the ‘international outlook’ indicator of the World University Rankings to create this list where all institutions in the top 800 of the ranking have been considered. THE look at both the diversity of a university’s student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues, which indicate how global an institution really is, and these factors were among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that allowed Times Higher Education to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world.

This ranking further cements NUI Galway’s reputation as a top destination for International Students, having recently been awarded the Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award 2015 and also ranked 2nd in Ireland for the International Student Experience 2014-2015, with Ireland being ranked number 1 in Europe. The awards, which recognises and rewards the universities that give their international students their best study experience, are based on reviews submitted by 17,000 international students studying across Europe, who are surveyed by StudyPortals, a Netherlands-based university course site.