Why Choose Cork?2017-01-18T20:32:48+00:00

Cork at a Glance:

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Cork is home to two Third Level institutions; University College Cork, (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

  • UCC is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of research output (Leiden university ranking 2014) and second in the world for its probiotics research. CIT is ranked in the top 10% of European Higher Education Institutions (U-Multirank).
  • Tyndall National Institute, part of UCC, is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest research facility of its type in Ireland.

Third Level Data

  • 30,090: The number of enrolments in University College Cork UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in last Academic Year
  • 10,019:The number of graduates produced by UCC and CIT in last Academic Year with 1,758 undergraduate and post graduate qualifications awarded in Natural Sciences, Mathematics,Statistics and ICT
  • 5,893: The number of enrolments in Natural Sciences, Mathematics , Statistics and ICT in UCC and CIT in last Academic Year
  • 7,716: The Number of enrolments in Social Sciences, Business, Administration and Law


Cork is Ireland’s second city with a population of 300,000 people in its metropolitan area.

Cork is a major retail centre and the country’s Food Capital. Increasingly, Cork is a location for companies in the knowledge economy. Cork is now one of the most vibrant centres in Ireland for information and communications technology and for the pharmachem, biopharmachem and services industries. These are supported by a modern international airport and port.

  • Cork is home to eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world
  • Six of the top 10 blockbuster drugs — that sell over $1 billion each year — are made here
  • Companies such as Pfizer, Novartis, Janssen, Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck and Eli Lilly are amongst the most significant employers in Cork
  • Cork is also the location of Apple’s European headquarters with over 4,000 staff
  • Other major names validating Cork as a place to do business include EMC Corporation, PepsiCo, Boston Scientific and Logitech


Dating from the seventh century, the city is replete with history. The people of Cork are colourful and garrulous.

Shaped by the historical influences of Vikings, Normans and Huguenots over many centuries, they possess a strong sense of identity. Their stubbornness and spirit of resistance in many historical conflicts won for them the sobriquet “Rebel Cork” which they enjoy to this day.

Cork was designated European Capital of Culture in 2005. It is the Festival Capital of Ireland and its cultural heartbeat.

Every year, Cork hosts acclaimed and long running events such as:

  • International Jazz Festival
  • International Film Festival
  • International Choral Festival
  • Midsummer Festival
  • “Live at the Marquee” Festival

Cork city has been selected as one of the top ten travel destinations in
the world by media as diverse as:

  • The Lonely Planet Guide
  • Yahoo.travel
  • National Geographic
  • Routerd.com
  • The Huffington Post.


Cork’s quality of life credentials will not be surpassed.

The city is intimate, friendly and cosmopolitan. It has all the elements necessary for an active social life including:

  • Award winning restaurants
  • Art galleries
  • Music and night clubs
  • Folk music centres
  • Dance clubs

Cork is passionate about sport and has huge participation levels in soccer, hurling, Gaelic football and rugby. Cork is the second largest natural harbour in the world and hosts the full range of water-based pursuits including sailing, surfing, water skiing and diving.


Cork has a wide range of outstanding primary and secondary schools which figure prominently in national education awards on a regular basis.

The recent economic success of Cork has been made possible through the presence of some of Ireland’s most prestigious educational and research institutions:

  • University College Cork
  • Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s largest ICT and life sciences research centre
  • The Cork Institute of Technology

With a high emphasis on R&D, innovation and excellence in science and engineering, these institutions have been the key providers of influential research output and top-flight graduates for the growing number of overseas, high profile companies located in the region.


Already, many companies have seen the value of some of Cork City’s nearby attractions for team building, staff incentives and bonding.

Outdoor centres in Oysterhaven and Ballyhass as well as the Ocean to City boat race engage local and multinational companies on a regular basis.