We sat down with Professor Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, to discuss his plans for the university, which lies on the periphery of Dublin. His role focuses on creating a strategy and implementing this to grow and develop the university.

Maynooth University is home to over 1,000 staff and 13,000 students, and more than 1,200 of these are international students hailing from over 60 countries. The university offers a wide range of excellent academic programmes which are delivered by leading researchers in various fields, and students are challenged and encouraged to reach their full potential in this top-class learning environment.

Challenging, diverse and community

Maynooth University also offers a very diverse and socially stimulating campus with a noticeable community feel, making it an excellent place for international students to find their feet. The university is unique for its flexibility in academic programmes, offering courses covering the full spectrum of disciplines across the subjects of science, engineering, social science and humanities, and these areas can be combined to earn degrees in exciting and flexible ways. For example, you can study Computer Science alongside various subject options, including Business, Law, Economics, Anthropology and Sociology.

The university has just begun its most significant capital development to date with a budget of €57 million being used to expand the campus to add a Technology, Society and Innovation building. The aim of this is to implement the study of new technologies to examine how they can benefit people in society. This development will include a new set of lecture theatres and research labs, providing considerable infrastructural support to aid the expansion of course offerings. Other recent developments include an investment in computer science and electronic engineering, and also in teacher education. As a result, the campus is thriving and developing.

Professor Nolan can sum up Maynooth University in 3 words: “challenging, diverse and community”. This description captures one of Ireland’s top third-level institutions, which continues to serve Dubliners and international students alike!

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