Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. If you want to pursue your studies at top universities situated in historic surrounding, then this might just be the place for you. The city boasts many colleges and top universities, as well as art & design institutes and institutes of technology. As a matter of fact, Dublin is home to four schools that are among the top 700 universities of the world in year 2013; among the famous graduates of these schools include James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
Dublin Institute of Technology
The Dublin Institute of Technology is one of the oldest technology institutions in Ireland, having been established in the year 1887. The school offers courses with higher certificates, ordinary degrees, honors degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate levels. They are widely known for programs and courses in architecture, digital media, engineering, hospitality, and journalism. They have four colleges — namely Arts and Tourism, Business, Engineering and Built Environment, and Science and Health— and a graduate school. The institution became autonomous in year 1992; therefore, the Times Higher Education made it qualify for the inclusion of the list of top 100 higher education institutions that are less than 50 years.
National College of Art and Design
The National College of Art and Design in Dublin has a wide range of degrees in both art and design in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This institution was established as a private drawing school in 1746 until the Dublin Society took over. They have faculties for Design, Fine Art, Visual Culture, as well as education. Among the 4, the largest faculty is the Design faculty which includes courses in ceramics, glass, textile design, fashion design, and several others. They are home to more than 1,500 full-time and part-time students.
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin was established in 1592 and is the oldest university in the entire Ireland. According to the QS World University ranking in 2013 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, it is the top 1 university in Ireland and top 18 in Europe. They offer courses in research and are known for courses in English language and literature, international studies, law, medicine, economics and econometrics, politics, history, and biological sciences. They have a wide diversity of 17,000 student bodies which includes all the 32 counties in Ireland, and accounts for 16% of students that come from countries outside Ireland.
University College Dublin
University College Dublin offers various research courses similar to that of Trinity College. It was established in 1854 as a Catholic University of Ireland. They are considered to be the largest and most diverse university in Ireland, educating more than 30,000 students from various countries and continents. Their new modern campus is located near Belfield. They consist of five colleges with their related school and 18 research centers and institutes. Each of these colleges have their own graduate school. Their MBA curriculum is ranked 68th worldwide and their executive MBA program is ranked 57th in the world, according to the Financial Times.