UNU-EGOV’s home is now a World Heritage Site of UNESCO

The Couros area in Guimarães, where UNU-EGOV is based, has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

A Journey Through Time

Since 2001, the historic centre of Guimarães has integrated UNESCO’s list of WHS, thanks to the City Hall’s dedicated efforts to rehabilitate, recover, and preserve the area’s ancient history.

In 2016, Guimarães sought an extension to include the Couros area as part of the city’s historic centre. Today, this area has received the status of a World Heritage Site, expanding the previously designated area to 38.4 hectares.

“We congratulate the Municipality of Guimarães on this honour and share the pride of working every day in a block that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is particularly gratifying to support countries worldwide to build a better future from a historic place full of meaning.” – Delfina Soares, Director of UNU-EGOV.

The Campus of Couros, situated in the heart of Guimarães, vividly represents Portugal’s historical tapestry. Both locals and tourists alike have long cherished this picturesque location for its unique blend of tradition and innovation.

“It’s a distinction that should give pride to every ‘Vimaranense’ (inhabitants of Guimarães). This is a result of our collective work. The recognition by UNESCO shows that we care for our city and its heritage. With this approval, Guimarães is now one of the largest areas distinguished as a World Heritage Site of the world.” – Domingos Bragança, President of the Municipality of Guimarães.


UNU-EGOV: The Electronic Governance Hub

The UNU-EGOV building, rebuilt in 2013, was included in the urban regeneration project, transforming the former tannery factory in Couros into a modern, thriving hub for researchers, policymakers, and international cooperation.

In the coming years, UNU-EGOV and the Campus of Couros will continue to serve as a sign of progress in the heart of Guimarães. As we address the challenges of the increasingly digitalised age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site reminds us of the enduring values of the history around us.


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