A world-renowned Irish university founded in 1592 in the heart of Dublin's city center, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin was created at a time when many universities were being established across western Europe. The idea of a university college for Ireland emerged at a time when Dublin was beginning to function as a capital city, and it was believed that the establishment of a university was an essential step in bringing Ireland into the mainstream of European learning. From the beginning, the College’s library was a priority, and the energy with which early Trinity scholars assembled the initial collections of books marked Trinity apart from other sixteenth-century foundations. Over its long history, Trinity established strong academic roots that led to its world-class status today.
With a tradition of scholarship spanning four centuries, Trinity boasts talented and inquiring minds from all over the world, academic excellence, a transformative student experience, a liberal education, and world-class research conducted at the frontiers of many disciplines. The University boasts many famous alumni, including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, and Mary Robinson. Today, Trinity is a community of scholars, made up of students, academic staff, and administrative staff. Diversity is at the heart of what makes Trinity distinctive, and it attracts students and staff from all around the world, and from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds and experiences. In recent years, there were over 17,000 registered undergraduate and postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin.