Key Facts


Top 1% of Universities worldwide based on data from QS.


Since 2014 NUI Galway has moved up 24 places.


We now rank 260 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.


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


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


Students from over 100 countries worldwide.

NUI Galway Continues Strong Performance in QS World University Rankings

NUI Galway continues to perform strongly in the QS World University Rankings, ranked 260 this year out of the 1,233 Universities considered in this year’s QS ranking, maintaining its position among the world’s elite educational institutions.

The 2018 QS World University Rankings placed the University at number 260 in the world. NUI Galway has climbed 24 places in the QS World University Ranking since 2014. With an estimated 26,000 Universities worldwide, this positions our University in the Top 1% globally, based on data from QS World University Rankings.

QS Subject Rankings Highlight Advances by NUI Galway

NUI Galway welcomed the publication of the 2018 QS World University Subject Rankings, which ranked NUI Galway as world-leading for its teaching and research in 25 subjects.

This is a marked increase since 2016, when the University was recognised in 12 subjects and follows recent advances in both the QS and Times Higher Education (THE) University rankings, which have seen NUI Galway join the ranks of the Top global educational institutions.

Speaking on the announcement of this year’s QS rankings, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh observed that “We are on a flat curve where small changes make for a potentially large change in our rankings.

In that context, we will continue to focus on what makes a difference for our students and for our society, drawing on the strengths of our hinterland to further enhance our international reputation and reach." 

Noting the QS comments on Irish Universities more generally and that the rest of the world is ‘catching up’, Professor Ó hÓgartaigh commented that this suggests that “investment in education is critically important as Ireland’s consistent source of economic and social development. Our students compete with the best in the world and, for them, so do we.”