The National University of Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen’sCollege Galway. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, theUniversity opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68students.
From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively insize and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS WorldUniversity Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, andwe are recognised as being one of the best universities for our internationaloutlook.
Newer partsof the University sprang up in the 1970s, including the iconic Arts/ScienceConcourse designed by architects Scott Tallon Walker. The 1990s also sawconsiderable development including the conversion of an old munitions factoryinto a student centre.
Since 2000,the University has invested €400 million in new buildings and facilities acrosscampus. The early 2000s saw the addition of the Cairnes Building, Áras Moyolaand the award-winning Engineering Building, all located in the north campus.