Maynooth University is now among the world’s top 50 youngest universities, according to the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings. It remarkably rose from 68th last year to 49th this year and is the only Irish university to break into the top 50 list.
Maynooth University particularly scored well in the areas of “International Outlook” and “Citations”, at 78.1 and 51.0, respectively. This means that the university has shown an impressive ability to draw in undergraduates, postgraduates, faculty, and staff from all over the world. Of its population of over 8,000, 12% are international students enrolled in various degree programs. The university has also been very effective in its research influence, where the works of its faculty––comprised of both domestic and international talent––have been shared and cited well by the global scholarly community.
Professor Philip Nolan, Maynooth University President, lauds the university’s achievement. “This is a huge endorsement of the university’s strategy to see Maynooth performing so strongly in terms of its perception among international peers,” he notes. Nolan expresses further that breaking into the world’s top 50 youngest universities is a testament to “the hard work, research impact, and exceptional teaching on the part of the entire university community.”
The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings focuses on schools that are 50 years old and below. It uses the same performance indicators as the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, which are grouped into five clusters namely: Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook, and Industry Income.