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Facts About Maynooth University

That Maynooth University

  • Is Ireland’s second oldest university founded in 1795 as St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
  • Is situated 25km west of Dublin, it is located in Ireland’s only university town, Maynooth.
  • Is rapidly expanding with more than 8,800 students. It recorded the highest growth in first preference school leaver applications in the university sector in 2010
  • Has an Entrance Scholarship Scheme, which recognises students who achieve 500 points or more in the Leaving Certificate examination, is available for students entering the university.
  • Has over a third of academic staff and 15% of students who come from abroad.
  • In June 2012 NUI Maynooth announced a collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) called the 3U Partnership.
  • Offers a wide variety of degree programmes, including specialised subjects such as immunology, climatology, product design, music technology, and the only anthropology department in the Republic of Ireland
  • Counts two Nobel Peace Prize winners among its 40,000 alumni and current academics.
  • Had a €100 million building programme which was recently completed, resulting in the most up-to-date academic facilities and student accommodation.
  • Campus possesses some of the finest state-of-the-art research facilities in Ireland.
  • Has seven cuttingedge research institutes on campus and the best record for commercialising research of any Irish university
  • Has won an international reputation for the standing of its research expertise in areas as diverse as immunology, agro-ecology and space technology.
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