The University of Limerick is a university in Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick, it became a university in 1989 in accordance with the University of Limerick Act 1989. It was the first university established since Irish independence in 1922, and was followed by the establishment of Dublin City University later the same day in 1989.
The university is along the River Shannon, on a 137.5-hectare campus with 46 hectares on the north bank and 91.5 hectares on the south bank, 5 kilometres from the city centre. It has over 11,000 full-time undergraduate students, including over 2,400 international students, and 1,500 part-time students. There are over 800 research postgraduates and 1,300 postgraduate students receiving instruction at the university. Its co-operative education programme gives all students an eight-month work placement as part of their degree, Ireland's first such programme.
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