Dublin City University - DCU • Dublin, Ireland
DCU was founded in 1975 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin and enrolled its first students in 1980. Located on the northside of Ireland’s capital city, the institute achieved university status in 1989 and is today a multi-campus operation still known as the name it was given as a newly-established university – Dublin City University, or Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha in Irish Gaelic.
Among its campuses is the renowned teacher training college Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra which is now known as DCU – St. Patrick’s Campus.
DCU has expanded significantly over the years and now has a student population of approximately 16,000 studying at undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD levels. There is also a strong presence of international students in attendance. The university is divided into the following faculties: the Faculty of Science & Health, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (which includes Fiontar – a school specialising in educating students to conduct business through Ireland’s first official language, Irish), DCU Business School, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, DCU Connected – Online Education, and DCU Institute of Education. Research is also carried out at DCU.
The university is socially engaged and conscious and strives to prepare its students by focusing on real-life happenings and not allowing students to feel disconnected from the world outside the university walls. However this is not to say that there is a lack of things for students to do on campus. The Office of Student Life is the main organising body for most of the student clubs and societies, etc. at DCU. The Office provides a range of varying facilities at its home in the university student centre – The Hub. In addition, support for students has been increasingly focused on and now DCU attendees may seek aid with work placement, counselling services, financial assistance, and health services. There are also a few libraries at DCU.
Sporting facilities at DCU are excellent and made up of indoor and outdoor venues and equipment. Sport and physical fitness are encouraged at the university.
Finally, DCU has so far twice achieved the title of ‘Irish University of the Year,’ awarded by the Sunday Times.