for more than 700 years we have redesigned the future

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MOST SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITY OF PORTUGAL AND No. 1 in Portugal in the HEALTH AND WELL-BEING category

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Building a modern, competitive and sustainable future, preserving history, culture and tradition.

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Throughout its history, the UC has been through a lot, and it often had a say.

We are living one of the most complicated times of our lives. That is undeniable. However, throughout its history, the University of Coimbra has been through some of the most significant periods and events of humankind, many of them equally challenging. If we are still here it is because we always knew how to overcome adversities and how to use them to become stronger. These challenges inspire us to do better. For more than 700 years, we have been redesigning the future in social action, research, innovation, teaching, health and sustainability. This has only been possible thanks to a set of characteristics. That is the UC Identity.

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social action is part of uc identity

In 1309, King Dinis grants the UC the Magna Charta Privilegiorum, with a set of norms of social protection for the students of the University of Coimbra, creating what would be the first basic law of social action in Higher Education. Nearly 500 students are supported by the University of Coimbra every year through scholarships and the Social Support Fund. There are more than 1,500 students living in the residences provided by the UC. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social action has become even more relevant both economically and emotionally and the University of Coimbra will continue to work on building a better future for its students and for society.

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sustainability is part of uc identity

The history of the University of Coimbra is itself an example of sustainability. The Royal Palace, where almost all the kings of Portugal’s 1st Dynasty were born, was built on an Islamic alcove, which in turn was built on ruins of the Roman era. It is in this same space that today an important part of the UC still operates. In order to double its 700 years of history, the UC has adopted a series of measures that have placed it in the top 100 of the most sustainable universities worldwide, which aim to make it the first Portuguese university to achieve carbon neutrality.

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Teaching is part of the UC Identity

Some of the most outstanding personalities of Portuguese culture, science and politics have studied at the University of Coimbra. Writers like Almeida Garrett, Eça de Queiroz and Miguel Torga; scientists like Pedro Nunes or Cristovão Clávio; statesmen such as the Marquis of Pombal or José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva (the father of Brazil's independence), the list of students who graduated from the University of Coimbra merges with the history of Portugal. For more than 730 years, the University of Coimbra has been concerned with building a modern and competitive future while preserving history, culture and tradition.

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research is part of the UC Identity

In 1772 the Marquis of Pombal started an unprecedented reform in the University of Coimbra. The Pombaline reform placed experimental teaching at the top of the University concerns and scientific research eventually took on a crucial role in the work developed by the UC. Since then, it became clear that the research carried out at the University of Coimbra was essential for the evolution and well-being of society and, from that moment on, one of the most important links of the UC identity. Currently, the University of Coimbra has over 1,000 researchers working in around forty research centres and almost 500 ongoing research projects.

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health and well-being are part of the UC Identity

Over the more than 730 years of its existence, the UC has faced and resisted several epidemics, such as the Black Death, which killed one third of the European population, or the 20th century Pneumonic Influenza. The COVID-19 pandemic is another challenge in the long list of obstacles that the UC has overcome throughout its history. Health has always been one of the major concerns of the University of Coimbra, which has made it the most highly rated Portuguese university in the good health and well-being categories in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. The UC has seized the knowledge and experience acquired over the years to prepare to fight the pandemic from the beginning. Since April 2020, the UC Clinical Analysis Laboratory created a unit dedicated exclusively to the analysis of diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus. Investing in health and well-being and in building a society with a better quality of life will always be a priority for the University of Coimbra.

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innovation is part of the UC Identity

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the extraordinary epic of the Portuguese Discoveries took place, an era of strong scientific and technological innovation in which scientific knowledge acquired at the University of Coimbra played an essential role. 730 years later, the University of Coimbra is still an engine of technological development and entrepreneurship in the region and in the country. In Coimbra there is one of the best business incubators in the world, the Pedro Nunes Institute, comprising 50% of the spin-offs of the University of Coimbra. Near the city, in Cantanhede, BIOCANT is the first biotechnological park in Portugal, created in partnership with the UC, gathering cutting-edge research centres and companies in the area of biosciences. In addition, UC professors and researchers have the “UC Business” at their disposal, a unit specialized in promoting and advising on connections between the university and the business community.

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