NUI Galway is to be renamed as University of Galway later this year.

The decision was made by the university's governing authority today, with the formal name change planned for the end of the Summer.

All official documentation will include the new name in both English and Irish - Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway.

Welcoming the new name, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the university is proud of the role it has played in Galway's "journey to become a global city".

"This university has been in Galway and of Galway since the mid-nineteenth century. Ollscoil na Gaillimhe, University of Galway, gives a clearer sense of who we are as an institution and of being of our place," Prof Ó hÓgartaigh said.

"Like all good explorers, all good adventurers, all good researchers, we know we serve our students and our society best by always wondering what's beyond the horizon."

Other NUI universities include UCD, UCC and Maynooth University, which changed its name from NUI Maynooth in 2014.

Earlier this month, Atlantic Technological University brought together IT Sligo, Letterkenny IT and Galway Mayo IT. It will serve 21,000 students on eight campuses from Galway to Donegal.