The University of Coimbra (UC) is a Portuguese public higher education institution with more than 700 years of experience in education, training and research. The first and the only Portuguese-speaking university until the early 20th century, UC has affirmed its position over the years with a unique mix of tradition, contemporaneity and innovation.
UC was classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO in 2013 for its role as the centre of production of Portuguese language literature and thinking and for the universal value of its campus, which dates back to the 16th century. In 2012 UC was considered as the best Portuguese university by the QS World University Rankings.
In June 2013, it was classified as a 5-stars top university by the QS Stars University rankings in the areas of innovation, research, internationalisation, facilities and access. UC is also among the best 200 universities in the world in the areas of Civil Engineering, Law and Environment.