Coimbra Group

For the 17th-century group of Jesuits, see Conimbricenses.
Coimbra Group
Abbreviation CG
Honorary President (2016-2017)
Rector Yves Jean
University of Poitiers
Executive Board Chair
Dorothy Kelly
University of Granada
Office Director
Inge Knudsen

The Coimbra Group (CG) is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. It was founded in 1985 and formally constituted by charter in 1987.

The group took its name from the city of Coimbra, Portugal, and its University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe.


The Coimbra Group is: association of long-established European comprehensive, multidisciplinary universities of high international standard committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalization, 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.


The group took its name from the city of Coimbra, Portugal and the university located there.

In pursuit of its Mission the Coimbra Group aims to:


As of 2015, the Coimbra Group includes 39[1] universities in 23 countries:[2]


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