University College Dublin is one of the seven Irish Universities recognised under the Universities Act 1997 which sets down the legislative provisions which must be met for an educational institution or college to be established as a university in Ireland. The seven universities, which are the only ones recognised under the Act, are as follows:
University of Limerick .
Trinity College, Dublin.
University College Dublin.
University College, Cork.
National University of Ireland, Galway.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Dublin City University.