Three Irish universities among top young universities in the world

The rankings look at institutions under 50 years old

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The University of Limerick campus | Image: Facebook/The University of Limerick

Three Irish universities have been ranked within the top 150 of Young Universities of the World.

The '150 Under 50' ranking applies the same performance as the overall The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Younger universities are measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

The University of Limerick (UL), NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University (DCU) all make the rankings.

Professor Paul McCutcheon of the University of Limerick said: "This latest accolade comes during a period of increasing international recognition of the growing status of the university".

"We are widely recognised for the outstanding student experience we offer to all our students, the excellence of our research and the impact UL is making on our society and our economy", he added.

UL has also recently been ranked 139th out of 800 worldwide institutions, based on an international outlook indicator.

The university was also voted The Sunday Times University of the Year in 2015.

It has also recently been ranked 16th in the world for its efforts towards campus sustainability and environmentally friendly university management.