The Coimbra Group (GC) is an association of 39 long-established European comprehensive, multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. It was founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987. The group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefits of its members, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European education and research policy and to develop best practice through the mutual exchange of experience.
Honorary President (2018-2019)
|Rector Ricardo Rivero Ortega |
University of Salamanca
Executive Board Chair
University of Poitiers
The Coimbra Group was founded in 1985 and formally constituted in 1987 by a charter signed between its members, then numbering 19. In 1994 it published Charters of Foundation and Early Documents of the Universities of the Coimbra Group. A second edition was published in 2005, by which time Caen had left the group while Bergen, Geneva, Graz, Lyon, Padua, Tartu and Turku had joined.
In 2013 the group consisted of 40 universities, but by the following year this had fallen to 37 with the departures of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Oxford (UK). Since then, the Group has added Vilnius University (Lithuania) in June 2015 and Durham University (UK) in June 2016. This brought the membership of the group to 39, but it subsequently fell to 38 in October 2016, when the University of Lyon (France) decided to leave the Group. At the General Assembly in June 2017, the University of Köln was invited to join as the 39th member.
The Coimbra Group works for the benefit of its members by promoting "internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society" through "creating special academic and cultural ties", by lobbying at the European level, and by developing best-practice.
As of June 2017, the Coimbra Group includes 39 universities in 23 countries: Charter members are marked *, either on this list or the list of former members.
- Charles University (Prague)
- Georg-August University of Göttingen*
- Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg*
- Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
- University of Köln
- Julius-Maximilian University of Würzburg*
- NUI Galway*
- University of Dublin* (Trinity College Dublin, sole constituent college of the university)
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