Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2010, TCD is ranked 76th in the top 200 world universities and 15th in the top European universities. Such high rankings are outstanding achievements for a university in a small country, competing internationally with much larger and better-resourced universities. The College currently has 24 Schools across 3 faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. The city centre campus occupies some 51 acres, including the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus. There is in excess of 220,000m2 of buildings, including beautiful historic architecture and state-of-the-art modern facilities. Over 90 College societies and 50 active TCD Sports Clubs exist. The University has around 2,500 employees. In total, there were 16,215 registered students in 2008/09. There are over 90,700 alumni.
As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-quality journals and in terms of the impact of its research publications, TCD ranks in the top 1% of the world in 15 key areas: clinical medicine, immunology; molecular biology & genetics; neuroscience & behavior; psychiatry/psychology; pharmacology & toxicology; materials science; plant & animal science; social sciences, general; agricultural sciences; engineering; physics; chemistry; microbiology; and biology & biochemistry. For the period 2006 to 2010, TCD published 7,041 articles, had 38,794 citations, and recorded an H-index of 67. TCD has a botanic garden with a working collection of Miscanthus accessions, assembled over the years via various national and international projects. It also has a seedbank and DNA bank.