Educated Work Force

South Dublin County has over 280,000 people living in it, with approximately 185,000 of working age. Almost 30 percent of the local population possess a 3rd level qualification. Students in the county have seven third-level educational institutions within easy access by public transport, including UCD, DCU, Trinity College, and TU Dublin.

TU Dublin (Technological University Dublin) - Ireland’s largest University - with over 28,000 students and a full-service campus in Tallaght, South Dublin County. It also has campuses in Blanchardstown and Dublin City Centre.

Universities include:

TU Dublin Tallaght
Technical University Dublin

TUD Tallaght is one of the leading higher education institutes in Ireland. TUD qualifications are recognised world-wide and therefore provide opportunities for educational and career mobility on a global basis. In last year there were over 70 different nationalities represented on campus. This is a vital aspect of your education as you will, upon graduation, most likely work in a multicultural environment where cultural mix is an advantage. By participating in the cultural events organised on campus and beyond you are investing not only in your social development but also in your career development. For more information please visit or email

Dublin City University

DCU’s research is renowned for its quality and focus on real societal needs, and its enterprise focus is reflected in its strong industry-academic collaborations. Since 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size to just under 17,000 students and 1,800 staff, across three academic campuses. DCU currently delivers more than 200-degree programmes across its five faculties – DCU Institute of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, and DCU Business School. DCU is also home to Ireland’s largest arts centre, The Helix, which hosts a wide range of musical, theatrical, and dance performances to suit every taste. For more information please visit or call +353 1 700 5000

Trinity College

Trinity is Ireland’s highest-ranked university. It is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences. Trinity promotes a diverse, interdisciplinary, inclusive environment that nurtures ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity through engaging with issues of global significance. Trinity’s tradition of independent intellectual inquiry has produced some of the world’s finest, most original minds including the writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, the scientists William Rowan Hamilton and Ernest Walton, and the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. If you would like more information, please visit or call +353 1 896 1000

University College Dublin

UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation, and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. 1,611 PhD students benefit from a structured PhD programme as well as the research-led education culture at UCD. For more information, you can visit or you can call +353 1 716 7777

Maynooth University

Maynooth University is an internationally recognised institution located just outside of Dublin and is the nation’s fastest-growing university. MU is a university with ambition, vision and values, a clear identity and sense of purpose, a history of achievement, and a future of considerable promise. With 13,000 students from more than 90 countries, Maynooth offers a range of programmes at undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD level in the humanities, science, and engineering, and social sciences, including business, law, and education. The University also offers a range of international programmes and partnerships. For more information please visit or you can call +353 1 708 6000

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