NUI Galway has been named 'University of the Year 2018' in the Sunday Times University Guide, securing the prestigious accolade for a third time, having won the inaugural title in 2002 and again in 2009.
Outperforming 21 other third-level institutions, NUI Galway's strong reputation as a centre of excellence in relation to medical technology, its excellence across the arts and sciences, its impressive progression rates as well as having the best job prospects of any other Irish university were among the reasons for the award.
The award is not only based on league table position but on an assessment under 22 criteria on the university's role on a local, national and international level
NUI Galway has been the only university in Ireland to rise consistently in the most competitive World University Rankings. Both the QS and Times Higher Education Rankings have placed the University in a higher position year-on-year, and the University is now counted among the Top 250 universities in both rankings. According to QS, NUI Galway is among the Top 1% of universities in the world.
Meanwhile Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has been named as the “Institute of Technology of the Year – 2018” in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. AIT has moved up in the ranking and has finished in its highest position in the league table this year. Last year, AIT was awarded the “Sunday Times Good University Guide, Institute of Technology of the Year, Runner Up 2017” and ranked in 10th place.
AIT’s strength in identifying areas of skills shortage and working with businesses to improve links between enterprise and academic were among the reasons for the Institute scooping the prestigious award.
The student experience was part of the stand out case in AIT’s win with its reputation for openness and friendliness which all contribute to the quality of the student experience. This is attested by the engagement with the current Irish Survey of Student Engagement (the ISSE). AIT’s response rate continues to be the highest in the country by a considerable margin at 61% which is achieved via a partnership approach between the quality office, academic staff and the students union. AIT’s graduates also enjoy jobs success with over 93% of the graduate class of 2016 were either employed, in training or in further study 6 months after graduation, which is a further testament to AITs innovative approach and close links with industry.