According to the ranking web of world universities 2008, the Top three universities in Ireland are as follows:

1 University of Dublin, Trinity College - World Position: 223

2 National University of Ireland Cork - World Position: 289

3 National University of Ireland Dublin - World Position: 403

According to the THES - QS World University Rankings (2007), four Irish institutions are ranked in the Top 150 in Europe:
  • Trinity College Dublin - 13th in Europe
  • University College Dublin - 73rd in Europe
  • University College Cork - 122nd in Europe
  • Dublin City University - 130th in Europe
According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish institution ranked among the Top 100 European Universities in 2008, placed in the rank range of 80-124 regionally and 201-302 globally.

List of Leading Universities and Colleges in Ireland
  • All Hallows College
  • American College Dublin
  • AMI Montessori College
  • Ashfield College
  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Senior College Ballyfermot
  • Beech Hill College
  • Burren College of Art
  • Church of Ireland College of Education
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dorset College
  • Drogheda College of Further Education
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Institute of Design
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Ennis Business College
  • Froebel College of Education
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College Cork
  • Griffith College Dublin
  • Griffith College Limerick Mid West Business Institute
  • Honorable Society of King's Inns School of Law
  • Hsi Limerick Business School
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Irish Management Institute
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Marino Institute of Education
  • Mary Immaculate College University of Limerick
  • Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy
  • Montessori College
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National College of Ireland
  • National Univ of Ireland
  • National Univ of Ireland Cork
  • National Univ of Ireland Dublin
  • National Univ of Ireland Galway
  • National Univ of Ireland Maynooth
  • Pallaskenry Agricultural College
  • Pontifical University Saint Patrick's College Maynooth
  • Portobello College Dublin
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland
  • Saint Patricks Carlow College
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Terenure College
  • Tipperary Institute
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • Univ of Dublin Trinity College
  • Univ of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
* Suggested Reading:

Top Universities & Colleges in Northern Ireland

Business Schools in Ireland

Top 50 Universities in Europe
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek