Chapter 8

University of Coimbra

Abstract

This chapter notes that the origins of the University of Coimbra in Portugal can be traced back to 13th century Lisbon. After several false starts, the university finally settled in the small city of Coimbra where it has flourished ever since, producing many of the country’s most notable politicians, scientists, writers and thinkers.

Keywords

Coimbra; Portugal; Lisbon; Portugal; Architecture; Curricular reform; Student customs; Academic attire; UNESCO; Coimbra Group; Brazil
 
At first blush, Coimbra and its eponymous university are not quite what they seem. The university, Portugal’s oldest by a long chalk, was actually founded in Lisbon. Over the course of its first few hundred years, the fledgling institution ...

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