About the host
Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s leading academic institutions. As a European leader in higher education, NUI Galway has been a long-standing member of the European University Association, and of its predecessor organisation, the Association of European Universities (CRE).
Located in the heart of a medieval city on the Atlantic Coast, our riverside campus is home to 2 500 staff and 17 000 students, including 2 000 international students from 92 countries. NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies; Business, Public Policy and Law; Engineering and Informatics; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science. The University enjoys a dynamic network of linkage with universities across the globe with over 90 000 alumni in 107 countries.
Galway, located on the west coast of Ireland, is a cosmopolitan city steeped in culture, rich in folklore and famous for its cobble-stoned streets, quaint shops and charming restaurants.
Galway is known as Ireland's Cultural Heart and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events. Home to the world renowned Druid Theatre Company, Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc, there is much to do in this wonderful city. Galway was recently announced as a UNESCO City of Film. From the prehistoric fort of Dun Aengus, the most westerly point in Europe, to Connemara and the Burren, Galway boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Galway City has experienced very rapid growth in recent years and has a strong local economy with complementary business sectors, including manufacturing industry, tourism, retail and distribution, education, healthcare and services that include financial, construction, cultural, and professional.