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Irish University Guide: University of Limerick

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Ireland, also, boasts a first-rate education system that provides students, and companies, with a gateway to Europe. Indeed, the Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy magazine has, for the third year in succession, rated Ireland the most globalized of advanced countries worldwide on the criteria of political engagement, technology usage, personal contact and economic integration.
The University of Limerick is uniquely poised to prepare students to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered in today’s global economy. An independent, internationally focused university, U.L.’s mission is to promote and advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment that encourages innovation and upholds the principles of free enquiry and expression. Particular attention is paid to the generation of knowledge, which is relevant to the needs of continuing socio-economic development worldwide.
U.L. offers a range of programs up to doctorate and post-doctorate levels in the disciplines of Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Informatics and Electronics, and Science. UL also has an abundance of cultural resources, including the second-largest art collection in the Irish university sector, Ireland’s first purpose-built concert hall, and a range of galleries, exhibition and performance spaces and public sculptures. In addition, the university is home to the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Self-Portrait Collection, and other private and public art collections.
The campus infrastructure has unrivalled sporting and recreational facilities, including a 50-meter Olympic-standard swimming pool and a 10,000-square-meter indoor sports arena and the National Coaching and Training Centre.
U.L. has a network of more than 1,500 employers/corporations in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia and Australia that provide valuable work experience for 2,000 undergraduates. This is a key feature of the academic programs at UL. Ninety-three percent of the UL graduates in 2001 were employed or in further study in the year that followed graduation.
The University of Limerick campus, with the River Shannon at its center, is three miles from Limerick City and 13 miles from Shannon International Airport. Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park, Ireland’s first science/technology park (350 acres), which is home to over 80 organizations employing almost 3,000 people. There is close interaction between the National Technology Park Limerick and UL.
Student Rosamund Healey, a native of Massachusetts, said she has found U.L.’s course work “interesting and challenging.”
“I’ve found myself in a fabulous country among a great group of people that have come to shape my life as much as the ones I left behind in Boston,” she said. “I’ve gotten an excellent education. I’ve seen so much of Europe already at a young age and there has been much perspective shed on what I want to do with my life via these experiences.
“The value of an international degree is not what’s written on the parchment, in my opinion, it’s the opportunity to live in another culture, learn about things you never would have been exposed to, all the while being able to accomplish another facet of life, a third-level education.”

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