NUI Maynooth is a dynamic and innovative university of some 5,500 students from every county in Ireland as well as an increasing number of international students.
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Situated 25km west of Dublin, it is located in Ireland's only university town, Maynooth, which combines the historical legacy of its medieval origins with a present day location on the fringes of Dublin, adjacent to the Irish and European headquarters of many multi-national high technology companies.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth is a direct outgrowth from St. Patricks College (established 1795) and since 1997 it has been an autonomous self-governing institution within the federal National University of Ireland system. The university has a student population of approximately 5,000 of whom one-fifth are registered for postgraduate courses and degrees.
The research and teaching interests of the university includes the fields of biotechnology, computer software engineering, education, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Some five hundred full time and more than one thousand part-time persons are employed in the university.
In recent years most of the physical development of the university has taken place on the campus located north of the Kilcock road. Thirty million pounds have been invested in research and teaching facilities in science and biotechnology together with improved student facilities. Further infrastructural developments are planned for the next five years when new teaching and research facilities for electronic engineering, immunology and bio-ecology will be constructed.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth is one of four constituent universities of the federal National University of Ireland. The University traces its origins directly to the foundation in 1795 of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and it is Ireland's second oldest university. In that year, and as a direct consequence of the French Revolution and the turmoil then sweeping Europe, a College was established at Maynooth to accommodate the several hundred Irish students stranded at Colleges abroad.
The new College was established as a seminary but from its commencement the curriculum included instruction in the natural sciences and humanities as well as theology. In 1910 St Patrick's College became a Recognised College of the newly established National University of Ireland and in 1997 the faculties of Arts, Science, Philosophy and Celtic Studies were given separate legal status as a constituent university - National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
It offers a student-friendly environment providing world-class teaching and research facilities and courses, while still retaining a uniquely friendly and personal atmosphere.
The University has five Faculties - Arts, Celtic Studies, Engineering, Philosophy and Science, which offer programmes from undergraduate to doctorate levels in a range of disciplines including the traditional humanities, music, education, basic sciences, social sciences, computer and electronic engineering.
The educational reach of the institution stretches far beyond its physical boundaries, and NUI Maynooth has consistently been to the forefront in the university sector in promoting greater access to education. The University has established an outreach campus at Kilkenny, and in addition it offers a wide range of courses, diplomas, certificates and degrees, both undergraduate and postgraduate, at locations around the country
Over the past ten years the student population in Maynooth has grown at a rate faster than that of the sectoral average, and from 2000 to 2001, the total number of students registered in the University, including those on Socrates exchanges and distance education courses, increased from 5173 to 5574, representing a 7.75% increase.
The Faculties of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy account for approximately 78% of the students, while the Faculties of Engineering and Science account for the remainder. Approximately one fifth of the enrollment is at postgraduate degree and diploma level. The University Outreach Campus in Kilkenny has almost 160 students enrolled in BA (Local & Community Studies) and Diploma programmes. A further 1,500 students are registered for a wide range of certificate and diploma courses that are delivered at centres throughout the country.
There is an increasing international dimension to all aspects of university learning, teaching and research, with registered students on campus from 15 countries throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Over the past year the University's International Office has been expanding its range of activities and relationships with international partner universities.
The number of incoming students continues to increase steadily. The 2001-2002 academic year saw a first group of Chinese students enrol to study for undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Finance and Biotechnology, resulting from promotional activities in Beijing and Shanghai. Additional promotional work was launched in India during 2001-2002, where the interest is primarily at postgraduate level.
The Student Experience
The University is committed to providing an environment within which the student can learn, develop and mature. The focus is on ensuring that all students have an experience that will benefit them not just academically, but personally as well, and that the environment is truly student-friendly. The ongoing programme of investment in developing new programmes and courses, and in providing new learning and research facilities, is one part of the equation.
Equally important is the ongoing investment in expanding and supporting student social and recreational facilities, and in particular in providing the necessary support for all students throughout their academic career, especially for young students for whom the first year at university can be a daunting challenge.
A number of new initiatives have been introduced to support the student environment, including:
Academic Advisory Office
The University has appointed its former Registrar, Professor Peter Carr, as Academic Advisor and set up the Academic Advisory Office. This is intended to provide an institutional front office for students seeking to access information on regulations and progression routes to their degree. It is further intended to be a helpful port of call to those seeking to navigate their way to various services offered by the University.
In making this appointment at such a senior level, the University is underpinning its commitment to putting in place a strategic institutional framework which will provide the essential academic supports for students throughout their time at this University.
First Year Students Mentoring Programme
The University has introduced a Mentoring Programme for first year students. The mentors are members of the academic staff and the aim of the programme is to help students make the difficult transition from second to third level by having an individual on campus with whom they can identify.
Students are faced with many choices and decisions on entering third level and while a mentor may not have all the answers they are a point of contact and will advise on where the relevant information may be accessed. Each mentor facilitates ten students.
Entrance Scholarship Scheme
An Entrance Scholarship Scheme which recognises students who achieve 500 points or more in the Leaving Certificate examination will be available for students entering the University in 2002. Successful students will be awarded €1000 during their first academic year, following on their admission to the University. And in addition, they will have a place reserved for them in one of the new University Campus Apartments for their first academic year (normal charges will apply).
New bus services to NUI Maynooth
The University has also taken initiatives to facilitate students who live outside the immediate Maynooth area. Five private daily bus routes have been established serving Cavan/Meath, Carlow/Kildare, South/South-West Dublin, Offaly/Westmeath and more recently Louth/North Dublin, which compensate for the lack of public transport provision from radial locations to Maynooth. These bus services are significant in that they enable students to continue living at home while commuting daily to the University, resulting in significant cost savings in terms of accommodation
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