The largest of these is University College Cork, founded in 1845 and now internationally acclaimed as one of the top 2% of research institutions in the world. Offering 120 degree and professional programmes UCC has a long tradition of independent thinking and innovation – its first Professor of Mathematics, George Boole, is regarded as the father of the information age.
In May 2014 the Cork Institute of Technology was ranked in the top 10% of European higher education institutions by U-Multirank (the EU-sponsored ranking system). Both institutions have a track record of sustained and meaningful industry engagement. With a strong international reputation Cork is increasingly attracting students and advanced researchers from around the world.