Governing Authority of NUI Galway approves renaming institution to Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway

Údarás na hOllscoile, the Governing Authority of NUI Galway, has today approved the renaming of the institution to Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway.

The University is planning to formally adopt the new name at the end of the summer.

From then the bilingual title of the university – Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway – will be used on all official documentation.

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said this about the renaming of the university:

“I would like to thank Údarás na hOllscoile. This is for the consideration they have given to the future name and identity of our university

“The decision to rename is something to which we have given a lot of thought. It is a decision which is being taken following detailed assessment of the issues and comprehensive consultation and internal discussion. Therefore, we are extremely grateful to everyone who engaged in that work.

“This university has been in Galway and of Galway since the mid-nineteenth century. Ollscoil na Gaillimhe, University of Galway, gives a clearer sense of who we are as an institution and of being of our place. Galway is a place of industry and creativity, of citizenship and debate. An in-between place, at the centre of a network of campuses stretching from Shannon to Donegal. Including in our Gaeltacht regions, on the edge of and between continents, we here see the horizon everyday. 

“Like all good explorers, all good adventurers, all good researchers, we know we serve our students as well as our society best by always wondering what’s beyond the horizon. 

“As a community of scholars in a community of scholarship, we will continue this long and distinguished tradition and trajectory of curiosity. This ambition for our place and from this place. As we progress our values of respect, excellence, openness as well as sustainability, for the public good.

“The university is proud of the role it has played in Galway’s journey to become a global city. City and university have grown together. Therefore our new name encapsulates that history and is a promise for the future.”

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