The mission of the University of Limerick [UL] is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow. The vision is to be internationally known as an institution that provides outstanding student experiences, actively engages in research and is globally and locally connected in terms of its contribution to economic, social and cultural life. This vision is underpinned by a number of core values. The first is to provide an outstanding and distinctive experience for every one of our students to enable them to become knowledgeable, skilled and confident graduates. UL seeks to produce critical-thinking, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates who will be leaders in society and will exhibit strong ethical, cultural and community-focused values. The second strategic goal is to further enhance our research profile and strengthen the impact of our research, both nationally and internationally. Our third strategic goal is to sharpen our international focus in all areas of activity. We will do this by connecting to the global environment in ways that allow us to compete internationally for the best students and staff and develop our research and teaching programmes to the highest international standards. We will provide students with experiences that instil the spirit of European and global citizenship. UL draws on international experience and best practice in order to contribute to the development of the region and the nation. The final strategic goal is to be renowned for the excellence of our contribution to the economic, educational, social and cultural life of Ireland in general and the Shannon region in particular. We will continue to lead collaboration among educational institutions in the region and contribute to stimulating growth in indigenous enterprises and foreign direct investment.
The University of Limerick has a strong International reputation and this is carried through to the Design@UL programmes. Each programme has independent links with international academic institutions and industry. A large number of students across all faculties avail of study abroad opportunities with over 38 international academic partners offering exchange programmes for UG and PG students. Research links with these academic partners allow for the internationalisation of the curriculum