The University College Cork, built around a beautiful stone-faced quadrangle, was founded in 1845, making it one of the oldest universities in Ireland. The university has four colleges: Medicine and Health; Business and Law; Science, Engineering, and Food Science; and Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences. Over 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students take courses in more than 60 different departments; UCC hosts 3,000 international students. The campus is a combination of early and modern architecture located in a wooded riverside setting close to the city center. The university is a constituent of the National University of Ireland and strongly emphasizes research while maintaining close connections with industry and the local community.
University College Cork has been selected as Ireland’s University of the Year by The Sunday Times. The award, for the third time, follows on the heels of UCC becoming the only Irish university to achieve the unique status of Ireland’s first five-star university and improving its position in the QS World University Rankings.