Udarás na hOllscoile, the Governing Authority of NUI Galway, has today approved the renaming of the institution to Ollscoil na Gaillimhe - University of Galway.
The University is planning to formally adopt the new name at the end of the summer.
From then the bilingual title of the university will be used on all official documentation.
President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says the decision to rename the University is something to which a lot of thought has been given and it is a decision which is being taken following detailed assessment and discussion.
The university is proud of the role it has played in Galway's journey to become a global city. City and university, he says, have grown together and our new name encapsulates that history and is a promise for the future.