Established in 1854 by John Henry Newman, University College Dublin (UCD) has played an unparalleled role in the development of modern Ireland, and since 1922 has produced three presidents of Ireland, four prime ministers and six European commissioners. Many of Ireland’s leading artistic, sporting and professional figures number amongst its alumni, including UCD’s most famous graduate James Joyce. UCD today is the university-of-first-choice among Irish students as well as among overseas students coming to study in Ireland. It is the national leader in research funding and has a global footprint. The UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and among the top schools in Europe in both executive and full-time graduate education. In addition, UCD is known for its strength in the humanities, social sciences, science and agriculture, veterinary medicine, engineering, law and medicine. UCD has Ireland’s largest cohort of international and postgraduate students, including almost 2,000 PhD students. Research priorities at UCD focus on five areas: culture, economy and society; health and connected health; information, computation and communications; agri-food; and energy and environment. These themes map closely to the primary economic and social drivers in Ireland and are used to foster global links with universities, industry and governments.