NUI Galway is one of four of Ireland's universities that have slipped down in the latest world university rankings.
The new QS World University Rankings for 2022 saw NUI Galway drop 20 places to 258th overall, University College Cork (UCC) drop 12 places to 298th, and Dublin City University (DCU) drop 51 places to 490th.
Maynooth University also fell to a lower band than it was placed in, in previous years.
University College Dublin (UCD) bucked the trend however, and climbed four places to 173rd overall.
The University of Limerick's position also rose slightly, and UL now sits just outside the top 500.
Trinity College Dublin remained the country’s top-scoring university and placed 101st on the global rankings for the second year running.
The QS rankings provide a comparative analysis of the performance of the world’s top 1,300 universities across 97 different countries.
Globally, the top ten universities in the world can be found in the US, the UK and Switzerland.