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Education in County Kildare

Third Level

Third Level Institutions and Colleges of Further Education

This section focuses on issues relating to Third Level Education and Colleges of Further Education in County Kildare.

View a list of Third Level Institutions and Colleges of Further Education in Kildare

Visit the website of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth - NUI MaynoothSt. Patrick's College, Maynooth

County Kildare has a Pontifical University at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. It was founded in 1795 as the National Seminary for Ireland, and in 1966, the first lay students were admitted to the College. It is Ireland's second oldest university institution.

The Universities Act (1997) resulted in the creation of a new university, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM). St. Patrick's College, which consists of the Pontifical University and the National Seminary, continues to exist side by side with NUI Maynooth.

The University has over 6000 students. It has five faculties – Arts, Celtic Studies, Engineering, Philosophy and Science, which offer programmes from undergraduate to doctorate levels in a range of disciplines including the traditional humanities, music, education, media studies, psychology, basic sciences, social sciences, computer and electronic engineering.

Visit the website of THe European College of ManagementThe European College of Management

A new Third Level College opened in Kildare in 2003. The European College of Management is committed to the provision of high quality third-level education and professional training that significantly improves the employment choices for its students. It provides courses in Business, Management & Accountancy for students.

The College is located in a new building which has been fitted out to Department of Education and Science standards. Facilities include a multi-media resource centre, private study zone, physical and virtual libraries, student e-mail accounts, a chill-out space and a student cafe.

For more information and resources on third level education visit the following websites:

The Department of Education and Science -
The National University of Ireland -

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