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Maynooth University, established in 1997 is ranked as one of the top 50 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education.
Maynooth is a truly global university, with students from over 90 different countries currently enrolled, and it is also Ireland’s fastest growing university. Situated 25 km west of Dublin, the University offers international programmes and partnerships across multiple disciplines including business, law, science, humanities, education, social sciences and engineering.
Maynooth is a modern institution fostering collegial culture yet supporting a research led scholarly tradition. To meet with the demands of international employers and global business environment, Maynooth University provides its students opportunities to study abroad for one semester or full academic year and graduate with an international degree. The University’s international coordinators help students gain access to more than 200 global universities across five major continents.
International orientation takes place a week before lectures begin and is designed to introduce students to life at the University and each other. It includes various workshops and talks, campus tours and introductions to clubs and societies. The Student Buddy Network, run by the International Office, also provides guidance, advice and help to new students.
A free writing center at Maynooth helps students during each course year while Student Plus, a skill development course, enables them to learn more effectively. Students lead a very active life at Maynooth campus (voted as Ireland’s friendliest college in a recent poll of 10,000 students) with its 100+ clubs and societies for pursuing activities of one’s interests. The large and small sports halls, which includes a fitness centre and free weights room, allow Maynooth students to seek fitness and physical recreation.
Its state-of-the art library incorporates the latest IT innovations to allow students to study in collaboration or solitude. Eolas, the University’s newly built and highly advanced ICT centre, offers the latest facilities for research in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, in addition to Maynooth Works, the business incubation support centre for IT and biotech startups.
Maynooth University provide almost 900 beds on campus, arranged in apartments of three to seven people with a shared kitchen. The Accommodation Office also assists finding a home in the local area with its Home Finder Service.
On campus accommodation includes Halls of Residence for full time students with facilities like apartment inventories, laundry rooms and common dining and lounge areas. The residences located in the north campus include River, Courtyard, Village and Rye Hall Apartments to choose from. Plenty of short-term on-campus accommodation is also available in these residences for students attending summer schools and conferences at the Maynooth campus.
Maynooth is about 25 km west of Dublin and is Ireland’s only university town. The local area contains a castle, stately home and beautiful gardens and countryside. The most important historical buildings in the town, including St. Patrick’s College, are within the university campus, some of which were built before the foundation of the college.
The historical towns of Maynooth and Kildare county are accessible by car, bus, train and bicycle. Maynooth University campus is 33 km from Dublin airport and students can take a 40 minutes ride by bus or taxi. The cycling and pedestrian paths around the Royal Canal attracts plenty of students while the River Liffe attracts enthusiasts from the University’s kayaking club.
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