The University of Limerick is a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow. At a time of profound and rapid societal change and a significant evolution in the role of universities UL has delivered innovative teaching, created better learning experiences for our students, undertaken world-class research and made ever-stronger contributions to meeting Ireland's needs. We can currently boast the best completion rates in the country and, even more importantly in these present times, UL has the best employment rates after graduation, a record of which we are very proud. UL also attracts a significant number of international students each year contributing to the internationalisation of our campus. We offer excellent academic programmes, undergraduate, which are complemented by our Cooperative Education programme, full- and part-time postgraduate programmes and research opportunities. We are widely recognised for leading in the commercialising of research success and delivering value-added benefits to the wider community. In January 2011 we published our Strategic Plan 'Pioneering and Connected', the plan commits to developing a stronger international focus in all areas of UL activity and forging new ways of teaching and learning for students as well as seeking innovations in research that will attract resources while advancing the economic, educational and social development of the Shannon Region and the country over the next five years.