Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the oldest university in Ireland and is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university. The university currently has 24 Schools across 3 Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. In total, there were 16,860 registered students in 2011/12, with 11,997 undergraduate students and 4,863 postgraduate students. The university is ranked in 61st position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2013, and in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013, it is ranked 129th in the top 200 world universities.
As Ireland’s highest ranked university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of the University’s mission. Trinity College has an outstanding record of publications in high-quality journals and in terms of the impact of its research publications. Trinity has a portfolio of research activity presented as 20 themes, which have scale, resources and the ability
to solve large-scale research challenges. In 2011/12, TCD secured €65.2m in research income.
Trinity College has a long-history of participation in the Framework Programmes and 16.4% of the research income to year-end September 2012 came from the European Commission, with FP7 as the most important source – over 219 projects with TCD participation were selected for funding. There were 152 EC grants open as at 30 September 2013. Trinity College brings considerable international experience to the network, particularly related to globalization, European Studies, and multilingualism. Researchers from the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, established in 1979, focus on the study of language acquisition, pedagogy, policy and planning with a strong European focus in their work, especially in the elaboration of tools such as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio. The Centre for European Studies at the university was established in 1987. As an interdisciplinary centre, it draws on academic expertise from the Departments of French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Russian and Slavonic Studies, History, Political Science, Economics and Sociology.