Top Universities in Ireland – QS World University Rankings 2021
Because of its affordable cost of living and educational fees, the Republic of Ireland has been a steadily growing study destination for African students.
In this article, Scholarships for Africans suggests Irish universities which are ideal for international student education.

Eight universities in Ireland have been featured in the QS World University Rankings 2021. The rankings are based on a methodology that assesses each university on six indicators including its academic and employer reputations, research impact, and more.

Just last year, the European Migration Network revealed a 45% spike in non-European Economic Area (EEA) students within Ireland.

With its quality education offerings, low visa rejection rate, as well as part-time work and post-study opportunities, Ireland is set to outweigh other European study destinations for African students and other international learners.

QS World Rankings: Top 8 Universities in Ireland

Ireland is ranked in the top 10 of the IMB World Competitiveness Ranking 2019 for education. Additionally, the country provides students with one of the best education systems in the world; offering world-class universities, a diverse range of degree options, and globally recognized qualifications.

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8. Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin)

Global Rank: 801-1000

Founded in 2019, the Technological University of Dublin is Ireland’s first technological university. Its 29,700 students come from 138 different countries— a testament to the university’s diversity and inclusion.

On another note, the institution takes pride in the high employment rate of its graduates. Ninety-three percent of its students are in employment or have been accepted into higher education within nine months after graduating from TU Dublin.

7. Maynooth University

Global Rank: 701-750

Humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences form the academic and intellectual core of Maynooth University. The university also has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and human health.

Comprised of more than 12,500 students from over 20 countries, Maynooth specializes in internationally-focused programs. Furthermore, it is duly recognized for the quality and value of its research and scholarships.

6. University of Limerick (UL)

Global Rank: 511-520

The University of Limerick offers a range of programs up to doctoral levels in the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering.

UL has strong links to industry, commerce, as well as the public sectors. The university has also built partnerships through the university’s Cooperative Education program, which is one of the largest in Europe. 

Each year, approximately 2,000 UL students across 56 degree programs undertake six- to eight-month work placements as part of their undergraduate degree program. Consequently, one-fifth successfully enters international companies.

As a result, UL’s graduates experience a 15 percent higher employment rate than the national average. 

5. Dublin City University (DCU)

Global Ranking: 439

DCU is Ireland’s university of Enterprise. The institution is labeled as Ireland’s most innovative and market-driven university. It promotes research and encourages entrepreneurship through a state-of-the-art Innovation and Enterprise Centre – The Invent.

Focused on increasing its students’ employability and building transferable skills, Dublin City University was the first higher education institution to integrate workplace internships (INTRA) into its undergraduate courses.

4. University College Cork (UCC)

Global Ranking: 286

Known as Ireland’s leading research institution, University College Cork has drawn over 3,400 students from over 104 countries globally. The university offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest caliber of Irish and international students.

UCC currently offers 130 degree and professional programs based in its four colleges, namely: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Business and Law, Medicine and Health, Science, Engineering and Food Service.

Steadfast in their promotion of academic rigor, practical application, and participation, UCC has graduate employment rates of 94% for undergraduate studies and 95% for postgraduate studies.

3. National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

Global Ranking: 238

Out of the more than 18,000 students housed by the National University of Ireland in Galway, 12% are international students. The university teaches four colleges, namely: the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies; the College of Business, Public Policy and Law; the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and the College of Science and Engineering.

NUIG offers an extensive list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as part-time degrees, flexible learning, and online learning options.

2. University College Dublin (UCD)

Global Ranking: 177

UCD is the second-best university in Ireland for another year running. As of date, it teaches around 30,000 students from 136 different countries.

The University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Its flexible curriculum and research-led learning taught by top academic staff mean that students graduate with an internationally accredited degree from a university in the top one percent worldwide.

1. Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Global ranking: 101

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s leading university. The institution has risen by seven positions in this year’s QS World University Rankings. In addition, it is the only Irish member of the prestigious League of 22 European Research Universities (LERU).

TCD is steeped in history with a reputation for excellence in education, research, and innovation. With 24 academic schools, Trinity offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across all the major disciplines including the arts and humanities, business, law, engineering, science, maths and health sciences.

Trinity is ranked as the 8th most international university in the world (Times Higher Education Rankings 2021) and has students and staff from over 120 countries, making it a truly diverse and international campus.


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