Coimbra Group Universities are important heritage institutions within their cities, regions, and countries and in their European dimensions. Throughout their history they have been stalwarts of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Today heritage constitutes an important resource for cultural identity, a sense of belonging and social cohesion. Coimbra Group Universities have a special responsibility for preserving and transmitting as well as articulating and interpreting cultural heritage and its manifold cultural, societal and economic benefits for society.