The National University of Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Galway. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.
From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and is recognised as being one of the best universities for its international outlook.
Newer parts of the University sprang up in the 1970s, including the iconic Arts/Science Concourse designed by architects Scott Tallon Walker. The 1990s also saw considerable development including the conversion of an old munitions factory into a student centre.
Since 2000, the University has invested €400 million in new buildings and facilities across campus. The early 2000s saw the addition of the Cairnes Building, Áras Moyola and the award-winning Engineering Building, all located in the north campus.