University of Limmerick

ul_aerial_viewThe University of Limerick (UL) is a relatively young, enterprising, and energetic university with a strong and proud record of innovative education and research excellence.

The University is independent, has an international focus, and employs some 1,300 staff members that service more than 11,500 students.

It is the school’s mission is to advance and promote knowledge and learning through academic teaching, groundbreaking research, and scholarship, all set in an environment that is encouraging innovation and continues to uphold the fundamental principles of free expression and inquiry. The school focuses particularly on generating knowledge and developing skills relevant to Ireland’s socio-economic needs and development.

The University of Limerick was founded in 1972 under the name ‘National Institute for Higher Education’ but in 1989 the school received its classification as the University of Limerick (UL).

The school offers a wide range of academic programs for undergraduate to doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in the academic disciplines of Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Engineering, and Education & Health Sciences.

The University of Limerick is located on a superb and beautiful riverside campus that comprises more than 137 hectares (some 340 acres) on the banks of the River Shannon. The campus includes the best cultural, sporting, and recreational facilities that complement the school’s exceptional environment, both for learning and working. The school is located some 5 km (3 miles) from Limerick’s city center, and around 20 km (13 miles) from Shannon International Airport.

The University of Limerick is located next to Ireland’s National Technology Park, or NTP, the first science and technology park in the country that comprises around 265 hectares (around 655 acres). the NTP includes more than 80 businesses and organisations that employ more than 4,000 workers in total.

You will understand that there is a close interaction and good ties between the National Technology Park and the University.  The National Technology Park was established to meet up with the needs of knowledge-based and high-tech businesses and provides low density development within a top notch park-like setting. The NTP is providing a broad range of highly flexible infrastructure for businesses and numerous accommodation options for qualifying activities.

Limerick is situated on the River Shannon which forms an important element and an integral part of the fine character of the town. Limerick is a vibrant city that combines innate friendliness with lots of big city amenities. This fine a mix guarantees a welcoming and attractive environment for student life.

The city is boasting several fascinating historic sites and sights, glossy shopping, charming old pubs, fashionable bars, several fine dining options, a wide range of low-key restaurants, and some interesting boutique hotels.

Limerick is the third largest city in the country and goes back all the way to the 9th century. The city’s ancient walls, castles, and museums are testimonies of its dramatic past, and you will find lots of history to absorb within this refined riverside city.

Check out King John’s Castle (13th Century) and the Treaty Stone, pay a fascinating visit to the impressive Hunt Museum (more than 2,000 art works by Picasso, Renoir, and Leonardo da Vinci). Limerick is also home to the University Concert Hall and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Sport is really a matter of passion and pride in Limerick. The city is widely recognized as the unofficial ‘Rugby Capital’ of Ireland as it is the home of Munster Rugby. The brand new sports facility and conference center Thomond Park Stadium is the city’s rugby crown jewel. another fine sports facility is the Gaelic Grounds, where every week, huge crowds are drawn in to enjoy the Limerick hurlers and footballers.

The city also houses several top rowing clubs, and all through the year, Limerick racecourse welcomes numerous events and meetings at the new and very modern Limerick Greyhound Stadium.

Limerick is a thriving and progressive city. This makes it a very attractive location for many students. The city houses more than 20,000 students form Ireland and abroad that have chosen Limerick for academic advancement.

Whether pursuing academic, cultural, sporting, or social interests, in Limerick students can definitely find plenty of opportunities for a great night out. The charming friendliness of the folks in Limerick will continue to be a fine and abiding memory to all those who came to live and study in Limerick, the city ‘where the River Shannon meets the sea’.

Author: Timothy Wilson

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