3U Partner Institutions

3U Partnership will be a force for change and development in education and research in Ireland that combines the complementary strengths of Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University (MU) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). https://3u.ie/


DCU is a young, innovative, research-intensive and globally-engaged University. A distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation underpins the delivery of over 120 programmes to 11,500 students across 4 faculties: Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Health, Engineering & Computing and the DCU Business School. Our campus experience is international and multiethnic with nearly 2000 of our students coming from 116 countries around the world. DCU is known for its strong focus on social inclusion and community engagement. Currently, over 500 students from disadvantaged backgrounds are supported through the DCU Access Programme. At DCU, knowledge is translated into societal and economic impact. Our research focuses on globalgrand challenges such as healthcare needs, sustainable development, multi-cultural societies and conflict resolution. Our enterprise focus is reflected in our national leadership positions in both industry-academic research and successful execution of licences arising from our intellectual property portfolio. The Generation 21 system of graduate attributes and a fundamental commitment to academic excellence ensure that DCU graduates are equipped to flourish in 21st century society.


While formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, Maynooth University traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St.Patrick in 1795, so that whilst in one sense it is Ireland’s newest university, it draws strength from a heritage that includes over 200 years of commitment to education and scholarship. Today, Maynooth University is a university of international standing, renowned for the quality and value of its research and scholarship, for its dedication to excellent teaching, and for providing an outstanding learning environment for its students.  Maynooth University is a place of lively contrasts, combining the peaceful and historic beauty of fine eighteenth century buildings with the dynamism and excitement of modern research and teaching facilities.  Whilst much has changed at Maynooth over the past two centuries, Maynooth University’s commitment to scholarship and learning remains central to its mission:  it is home to outstanding academics who have established a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence and has over 8,000 students from more than 20 countries.  Maynooth University has important research strengths in spatial analysis and geo-computation; applied mathematics and applied ICT; immunology and chemical biology; historical and cultural traditions, and business innovation.  Maynooth University looks outward, engaging with industry and the community to better serve students, the region and the country.


Founded in 1784, RCSI is a not-for-profit, largely self-funding academic institution providing education and training in the health sciences in Ireland, Bahrain, Dubai and Malaysia.  With over 3,700 students, RCSI operates the largest medical school in Ireland and provides undergraduate courses in Pharmacy and Physiotherapy.  RCSI also delivers postgraduate training and education through its Faculties of Radiology, Dentistry, Nursing, Sports & Exercise Medicine, the School of Postgraduate Studies, the Institute of Leadership as well as the National Surgical Training Centre.  RCSI’s Research Institute facilitates translational research and training programmes, commercialises intellectual property arising from its research and develops collaborative links with industry, educational and research institutions globally so that advances in medical science are translated as quickly as possible into patient treatments.