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Being internationally recognized as a research university, in which the development of high quality knowledge influences the educational process and increases the sharing of knowledge with society, responding to the problems that belong to each one of us, contributing to a sustainable development.

The full adoption of strategies of sustainable management of its activities and resources as well as of social responsibility in its performande are a strong commitment of the University of Coimbra with the UN goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This commitment, clearly reflected in the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan in its vision  and guidelines, is a daily premise that counts on the strong contribution of the entire academic community.

An open and global university favours knowledge sharing and assumes an unquestionable will to respond to problems that are a concern for society, as advocated by the UN 2030 Agenda.

The great diversity and complexity of societal challenges - across different areas of knowledge - and the imperative that a research university be involved in the search for solutions are a unique opportunity for the University of Coimbra, opening new perspectives in the relationship with society.

Sustainability and social responsibility represent behaviours and actions that are transversal to the entire institution and which are always present, clearly contributing to raising the levels of local and global development. In this context, the University of Coimbra assumes two dimensions that stand out for their relevance and their emergence in the present-day scenario. 

The first one is environment and climate action. The UC took on the ambition of being the first Portuguese public higher education institution to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, through the development of an environmental sustainability strategy and community awareness of the impact of changing our behaviour in the fight against climate change.

Within the scope of citizenship, equality and inclusion, the UC promotes an active and enlightened citizenship, socially responsible and inclusive, preserving the right to have rights, respecting dignity, equality and the right to be different, so that everyone can achieve their potential, in a collective construction of common goals and challenges.

We encourage awareness and civic action, impact assessment and we respond to the needs of the present, without compromising the future!