University College Dublin (UCD), formally known as University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin, is Ireland's largest university, with over 1,300 faculty and 30,000 students. It is located in Dublin, the Irish capital.
The university originates in a body founded in 1854 as the Catholic University of Ireland with John Henry Newman as the first rector, re-formed in 1880 and chartered in its own right in 1908. The Universities Act, 1997 renamed the constituent university as the "National University of Ireland, Dublin", and a ministerial order of 1998 renamed the institution as "University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin".
Originally located in the centre of the metropolis, most of the university's faculties have since been relocated to a 147 hectares (360 acres) park campus at Belfield, four kilometres to the south of the city.
University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. At UCD undergraduate education, master's and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
Today UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers.
UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with approximately 7,000 graduate students, and almost 2,000 PhD students. Over 50% of UCD undergraduates progress to graduate studies.
UCD is home to over 6,000 international students and delivers degrees to over 5,000 students on overseas campuses. In addition, the University places great emphasis on the internationalisation of the Irish student experience – preparing all UCD students for future employment and life that crosses borders, boundaries and cultures.
UCD Sutherland School of Law
Ranked one of the Top 100 Universities in the World for Law, UCD Sutherland School of Law is the leading centre for legal education and research in Ireland, combining engaging undergraduate and graduate level courses, internationally-recognised research, and world-class educational facilities.
Since its establishment in 1911, the School's educational mission has remained at the heart of our endeavours and today our wide range of high quality programmes encourage the development of both a critical understanding of law and the enhancement of legal and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The School works closely with law firms, government departments and NGOs to boost employability and develop professional skills among our students as part of our careers development programme. Our students also benefit from the state-of-the-art Sutherland School of Law building which opened in 2013 while enjoying extensive opportunities to study abroad at some of the leading law schools in Europe, North America and Asia contributing to the development of truly global lawyers
The Sutherland School of Law was the first University Law School in Ireland accredited by the Bar Council of India.