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UCC named Ireland's top university in latest ranking

The Sunday Times league table ranks third-level institutions in 30 different areas.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC) was ranked Ireland’s top university in a new league table published today.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, an annual ranking that measures the performances of all 21 third-level institutions, named UCC the best university in the country, with NUI Maynooth taking second place.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was ranked top institute of technology, followed by IT Sligo.

Alastair McCall, the ranking’s editor, said: “[UCC] maintains a perfect balance between teaching and research, seeking excellence in both.”

The proof comes in coming top in two of the seven performance measures we use to rank institutions – generating the most research income per capita of any university in Ireland and seeing the greatest proportion of students progress from the first year to the second year of their courses.

The president of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy, said the ranking reflects “the hard work of staff and students” at the university.

“This award recognises UCC’s tradition of independent thinking, exceptional student experience, considerable track record for innovation and particularly our rate of graduate employment,” he said.

The result is good news for UCC after it dropped from the 276-300 to 351-400 band in the Times Higher Education ranking published earlier this week.

The university also slipped three places to joint 233rd in the QS league table released last month.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide, now in its 14th year of publication, ranks third-level institutions across 30 different headings, including student experience, undergraduate progression rates and research income generation.

The full table will be published on The Sunday Times website here on Sunday.

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