University College Dublin (UCD) is the largest university in Ireland with over 23,000 students including 6,000 graduate and 1,700 PhD students. 15% of undergraduate and 25% of graduate students are international. Founded in 1854, the university pursues scholarship across the spectrum of disciplines from the humanities to the emerging sciences such as systems biology and nanoscience.
Its commitment to peer-reviewed research has been a major contributor to the university's rise is international rankings. The University is committed to commercialising intellectual property and to collaborative links with other universities and with industry internationally.
The university also views its societal role as pivotal. By effectively linking education, research and innovation, academics and students can convert knowledge, ideas and inventions into the development of life-enhancing products, services and policies.
UCD has extensive facilities to support teaching and learning including well-resourced libraries and computing facilities. As the university rapidly moves forward in the e-learning arena, extensive resources to support learning and research are electronically available, both on- and off-campus.