University of Limerick (UL) has just been announced by the Sunday Times Good University Guide as Irish University of the Year 2019.
UL’s graduate employability rate, cooperative education and internship programmes, and research in partnership with industry were among the many reasons for the award.
UL, which recently saw the opening of the €31million new Glucksman Library, previously claimed the title of Sunday Times Irish University of the Year in 2015.
Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “A second success in five years for our University of the Year is well deserved.
“The University is at the economic heart of this midwest city and the wider region, attracting brains and resources in equal measure,” McCall added.
“Its graduates are among the most employable in Ireland, prepared for work by practical courses and a work placement and internship programme second to none, which spans 1,600 employers at home and overseas.”
First founded as the National Institute of Higher Education, Limerick in 1972, it is set to celebrate 30 years as a university in 2019.
Graduates benefit from the University’s especially strong ties to the local community, with each UL student – regardless of their area of study – undertaking six to eight months on a placement in a range of Irish or international industrial sectors.
UL has close relationships with organisations such as Northern Trust, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors and biotechnology giant Regeneron.
UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald says: “This award reflects our commitment to graduate employability, our dedication to the student experience, our industry-relevant, award-winning research, our stunning campus and our deep commitment to community engagement.”
“It raises the profile of the university hugely – among students, among the funders, among our industry partners. It raises the recognition internationally and our ability to attract students into the institution, so it’s fantastic,” President Fitzgerald added.
University of Limerick has been awarded the prestigious title in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, a special 16-page supplement which will be published free with The Sunday Times this Sunday, November 4.
The guide contains Ireland’s only league table that measures the performance of all 21 multi-faculty third-level institutions.