University College Dublin (UCD) was founded in 1854, firstly under the name of Catholic University of Ireland and then as the Royal University. The university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National Univeristy of Ireland (NUI). 1997 is a landmark year for UCD as it became an autonomous university within the loose federal structure of the NUI and UCD students are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland.
UCD is regarded as one of Europe's leading research-intensive Univesrities where research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of acitivity. Its international standing is impressive too as UCD is currently ranked within the top 1% institutions worldwide. Another important feature of UCD is the fact that it is reagrded as Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30.000 students drawn from over 120 countries worldwide.
As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy and culture as well as through research and innovation. Last but not least, UCD has had nationally-leading success in many if the most prestigious European awards including the European Research Council and Marie-Sklodowska Curie schemes.