University College Cork has been operating since 1845. Nowadays, the University is an award-winning institution with a unique and rich history. The vision of University College Cork is to be a leading of independent thinkers. The University is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally and ranked as the world leader for social and economic impact. Student employment is 90% of graduates.
University College Cork encompasses eight colleges, schools, and departments with an extensive range of study areas. Eight colleges comprise:
- Adult Continuing Education;
- Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences;
- Business and Law;
- International Education Office;
- Medicine and Health;
- Science, Engineering and Food Science.
The programmes are available for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, adult continuing education, adult continuing education short course, continuing professional development, and online. Teaching is available in diverse options, such as distance learning, full-time and part-time. The University is an internationally competitive and research-led university; thus, there are six research Institutes and Centres:
- Science, Engineering & Food Science;
- Environmental Research Institute (ERI);
- Medicine & Health;
- Business & Law;
- Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences;
- Tyndall National Institute.
University College Cork has a robust and sustainable programme that includes Green Campus Programme. The University is ranked ninth globally in the UI Green Metric World University Ranking of sustainable universities and was the first higher education institution worldwide to achieve ISO 50001 certification for energy management. The unique green campus focuses on the reduction in carbon emissions (36%), fewer pages printed, diversion from landfill (98%), increase in cycling rates (90%), decrease in waste tonnage (25%), and BioCafe.