University College Dublin For over 150 years, University College Dublin (UCD) has produced graduates of remarkable distinction including famous surgeons, architects, entrepreneurs and five of Ireland?s Taoisigh (Prime Ministers). Perhaps the best known of its graduates is the writer James Joyce who completed his BA at the university.
Established in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) has played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State, and today it plays a leading part in shaping Ireland?s future. As Ireland forges a new identity through relationships with international partners, the university is adopting an increasingly international outlook. To accommodate the university?s phenomenal growth during the 1960s and 1970s, UCD relocated from its original location on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre to a 132 hectare campus at Belfield, 4 km from the city centre.
The university still maintains one of its original buildings on St Stephen?s Green, and there is also a campus facility at Blackrock, County Dublin where the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is located. UCD has recently published a new campus development plan to chart the physical evolution of the Belfield campus for the next decade.