Cork – the city that has it all! The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000.
Cork has a number of “sister cities” around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being “home from home”.
Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.
As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county – the largest in the country. Therefore, ‘city and ‘county’ life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep.
UCC’s main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What’s more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest ‘gardens’ belonging to Cork as a whole.
Some of the world’s leading international companies are clustered in Cork. Think of global household names – Apple, EMC, Pfizer, Dell, DePuy, GSK, Boston Scientific, Amazon, Intel, PepsiCo, Dairygold, Heineken, Tyco. They are attracted by the talented and educated workforce, the value balance, superb quality of life, business-friendly and collaborative environment and the successful global brands already calling Cork home.
Cork’s strengths in technology, life sciences, food and beverages and business services are supported by University College Cork and its R&D centres of excellence. With a spirit and history of entrepreneurship and trade, Cork has developed into a thriving hub of global growth and education. All within an hour of London.