Office of the President of UCC
Welcome from the President
Originally founded in 1845 as Queen's College Cork, UCC is one of Ireland's oldest institutions of higher learning. We are proud of our beautiful campus on the banks of the River Lee. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, UCC was named as Ireland’s Sunday Times University of the Year in 2016, and again in 2017, the only Irish university to receive this designation in consecutive years. UCC was honoured to be named the world’s first Green University Campus.
UCC has an ancient heritage with a modern focus. Our own Professor Michael Kelly excavated the world’s oldest astronomically aligned structure at Newgrange. Professor George Boole, wrote his “Laws of Thought” here, providing the basis for modern-day computer science.
Our alumni are found excelling in every walk of life throughout the world, from poet to politician, from scientist to philosopher. Today, UCC’s student body of some 20,000 includes over 2,800 from 100 countries. We employ 2,700 professionals. Over one third of our academic staff have come from overseas. The true strength of our University lies in the diversity of the people who work and study here. This diversity is our competitive edge in realising our mission to “create, preserve, and communicate knowledge and to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic life locally, regionally and globally.”
Professor Patrick G. O’Shea