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Maynooth University named world’s #49 Young University

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Great news for Maynooth University! The university entered the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Top 50 Young University rankings at #49. This is the highest ranking achieved by an Irish university on this listing.

Maynooth University has performed well on international rankings lately. In addition to making the Young University list, it was named among the top 400 universities in the world and the top 200 European universities. Furthermore, Maynooth University is one of the top 200 universities with strongest international connections.

How the rankings work

A number of criteria affect the Young University Rankings. These include research income, teaching reputation, numbers of PhDs awarded, the number and quality of scholarly papers, as well as citations from staff and numbers of international staff and students.

Maynooth jumped 18 places since 2016. As a result, it is now Ireland’s foremost young university.

Huge endorsement

Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan commented: “This is a huge endorsement of the University’s strategy to see Maynooth performing so strongly in terms of its perception by its international peers. It is just 20 years since Maynooth University was established as an independent institution by the Universities Act of 1997, and this is a huge endorsement of the hard work, research impact, and exceptional teaching on the part of the entire university community.”

Established as an autonomous university in 1997, Maynooth University is now Ireland’s fastest growing university. The institution has with more than 11,000 students. This includes almost 1,600 taught postgraduate and professional students and over 400 research students. The University has more than 70,000 alumni around the world.


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