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A European university

The University of Coimbra is a European higher education institution that makes part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which emerged from the so-called Bologna Process.

The EHEA intends to be an open area where students and graduates can benefit from mobility and fair access, without obstacles, to high-level quality education.

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The core bases of this area are the mutual recognition of diplomas and other higher education qualifications, the transparency (readable and comparable degrees organised in a three-cycle structure) and European cooperation on quality assurance.

Within this context, the Lisbon Recognition Convention of 1997 and the pan-European transparency tools such as the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the Diploma Supplement play a crucial role. Equally important are the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area and the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.

Currently the EHEA gather 47 countries that are signatories of the European Cultural Convention, which cooperate in a flexible manner, involving international organisations and European associations that represent higher education institutions, students, academic staff and employers.

Learn more about the EHEA and its implementation at the University of Coimbra and take advantage of a wide range of opportunities created by the links between the European Research Area and the Horizon 2020 programme.