New rankings place UL in world’s top 500

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UNIVERSITY of Limerick’s move into the top 500 universities in the world has been described as a “milestone achievement” by the university’s president.

Professor Kerstin Mey made the comments after the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2024 placed the Limerick institution in their top 500 ranking for the first time ever.

UL moved into the 401-500 bracket, out of 1,904 universities worldwide, marking a significant improvement on last year’s ranking which placed it in the 601-800 bracket.

Reacting to the news, UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said: “Ranking in the top 500 universities in the world is a testament to the unwavering dedication and commitment of our university community in the pursuit of excellence and innovation.”

“Together, we have forged a path of excellence and innovation that propels us forward, shaping a brighter future for all. In doing so, we have achieved a milestone that reflects the power of collective effort and the limitless potential of University of Limerick,” she said.

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Professor Mey added that the rankings “not only reflect a university’s global impact, but also serve as catalysts for attracting talent, fostering research, engaging with the community, and driving positive change”.

“By striving for higher rankings, UL can position itself to be a leader in addressing the complex challenges of our time and shaping a more sustainable and innovative future.”

UL Vice President Research Professor Norelee Kennedy added: “These latest rankings results reaffirm UL’s commitment to research. In our research strategy, Wisdom for Action, our mission is to build a vibrant community where research excellence is valued, supported and central to UL as a research-led institution. These rankings show that our work to achieve this is paying off.”

UL also jumped more than 100 places to be ranked 426th in the QS World University Rankings, while THE also ranked UL as the 86th best university in the world for delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goals.