The University of Coimbra (UC) is a public higher education institution located in city of Coimbra in the Centre Region of Portugal.
UC excels in several scientific fields, from Humanities and Social Sciences to Engineering, Law, Exact and Health Sciences. It is part of the Shanghai Ranking of the best 500 universities in the world and it is classified as a 5-stars top university by the QS Stars University Ratings in the areas of innovation, research, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness.
At Coimbra teaching and research are closely linked, and simultaneously the University promotes excellence in both areas. This is demonstrated by the volume of our scientific publications, innovation and discoveries in many scientific fields. The numerous national and international distinctions gained by our teaching and research staff attest to the wide recognition of this fact.
UC has solid experience in the areas of outreach and the transfer of knowledge and innovation to society. It has played a leading role in placing the Centre Region among the top 100 most innovative regions in Europe - according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard. Coimbra is home to one of the world’s best technology-based incubators – IPN Incubadora – with 50% of spin-offs of the UC. Near the city of Coimbra, you will find BIOCANT – the first biotechnological park in Portugal – which was created in partnership with the UC.