About Us

A brief introduction to our team.

We are a group

of interested students from International Relations, Management, Sociology and Marketing, mostly from the University of Coimbra, who believe that sharing ideas through debate is a way of both enriching ourselves and promote dialogue within our communities.

Together or separated, each of us has given proofs of our capacity of mobilising young people, engaging in social change within the University or local associations and helping our colleagues to better enjoy the time they spend in college. In fact, we have already organised multiple events for more than 5 thousand people.

Our umbrella association is NERIFE/AAC, which is part of one of the oldest Students Union in Portugal Associação Académica de Coimbra (AAC), a 130-year-old association with a major impact in contemporary Portuguese history. UCIMUN is one of the brightest/the most ambitious project we will organise this year, and we count on you to make it brighter.



University of Coimbra International Model United Nations will take place/ will be held from the 1st to the 4th of September 2017 in the city of Coimbra, Portugal.

During four immersive days, we want participants to experience the perks of international negotiations while representing, and acting as a diplomat from a nation of their choice. We will enable them to visit Coimbra’s UNESCO Heritage and let them feel involved in the academic spirit that only a 727-year-old University can provide. Besides all the learning, self-improvement and group-sharing, we want them to have fun because we believe that by enjoying yourself you will definitely be more open to accept new ideas and to fall in love not only with MUN spirit, but also with “the city of knowledge”.

It is in the nature of Coimbra, the home of the country’s first University and one of the oldest in the World, to be Portugal’s entrance gate to new challenges and ideas. So may it be once again with UCIMUN!

Please be very welcome!

Conference part - Introduction:

Conference - 35€ (includes only the committee sessions attendance + Opening/Closing Ceremony)

Conference + Meals - 50€ (includes 6 meals, coffee-breaks + the committee sessions attendance + Opening/Closing Ceremony)

Conference + Meals + Accomodation - 100€ (includes 6 meals, coffee-breaks + Hostel accomodation + the committee sessions attendance + Opening/Closing Ceremony

Gala Dinner - 20€ - A special dinner on a special venue to all the participants.

Conference Committees:
Security Council, World Bank, FAO, DISEC, Crisis Committee

Conference part - Introduction:

Security Council
  • De-escalating the Yemeni Civil War
  • Security Implications of Climate Change and Climate Migration
  • The role of private military companies in contemporary conflicts
  • The role of unmanned weapons (e.g.: drones) in contemporary conflicts
World Bank
  • Addressing the Debt of Developing Nations - Correcting the world's GDP imbalances
  • Financing climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Investing in Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Growth
  • Tackling food insecurity in vulnerable populations
Crisis Committee (powered by SAMGarde Cyber Security)
  • Cyber-Security


Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra is the oldest faculty of Portugal, and is thus one of the country’s most touristic destinations/sites, making it Coimbra’s landmark. On the top of a hill, its location is the former location of a Roman Villa, a 9th century Muslim Castle, a Royal Palace in the 12th century, and a University since the 18th century. Nowadays, many centuries later, it is a perfect junction between the old and the new: ancient buildings meet with modern equipment, offering a truly unique environment.

serenata hostel
serenata hostel
serenata hostel
serenata hostel
serenata hostel


Serenata Hostel

Dating from the early 20TH century, the building where today is Serenata Hostel, was once the Bissaya Barreto’s maternity and subsequently the Music Conservatory of Coimbra. However, the building was completely restored and ready to receive you. We are located in the heart of Coimbra, at Largo da Sé Velha (UNESCO World Heritage), close to all the attractions of our city. Our location allows our guests to move around without needing to resort any public transportation.

serenata hostel
serenata hostel
serenata hostel

NS Hostel

The "NS" is a hostel located in a prime central city of Coimbra, this area is a candidate for UNESCO's world heritage. Located at Rua Lourenco de Almeida Azevedo, along the famous Jardim da Sereia (Mermaid’s Garden) and just steps from known Praça da República (Republic Square), a meeting point for students and academic stage for various celebrations. The Hostel is installed in a building dating from 1930 that has been fully restored. Keeping the original design, the hostel offers a blend of themes and details ranging from the design of the modern era, conserving worked ceilings, staircase, wood floors and hand carved stone walls.

ns hostel
ns hostel
ns hostel


About socials in Coimbra

Coimbra is well known for its relaxed and bohemian lifestyle. Since the students make nearly one-third of the city’s population, so we have a lot of different pubs, cafes and nightclubs where the ones who love to party will have a great time. More To Be Announced.


This is the main academic hub for students on their nightlife activities, especially due to the huge garden and always cool ambience. Located on the very building of the Academic Association of Coimbra, it is one of the mythical places where students have fun and dance all night long. Bar AAC will host us on the Saturday and Sunday (2nd and 3rd of September) after the Gala Dinner. Coimbra knows how to party.

acc bar


SAMGarde Cyber Security

SAMGarde Cyber Security is a leading Software Asset Management and Cyber Security company operating in the United Kingdom and five other countries. SAMGarde is well-known for its excellency on its various operations at a wide range of sectors. Software Asset Management and Cyber Security means having on-going governance and training in place. This is important because 90% of cyber-breaches occur following human error or from connected devices being exposed to unintended risk. Making sure that the security systems and procedures you put in place are well-understood and followed is significant part of our SAM + Cyber Security offering. The human element of security is often more important than the technical. This is the most important message that SAMGarde is promoting by joining UCIMUN as cyber-security became a determinant topic on Human Security and Development. SAMGarde will also be responsible for the Crisis Committee on the simulation.

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One of the oldest cities in the Iberian Peninsula, Coimbra’s origins are lost in time.

Under the name Conímbriga, later replaced by Aeminium, this lovely city played an important role during the Roman ages. In fact, it was an important trading route thanks to the Mondego River, connecting both the North and the South of what it’s now Portugal. In the 11th century, it was an important part of the Portucalense County and that is why, by the 12th century, the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, made it the capital of the kingdom. Thus, both him and Sancho I, its son, are buried here, at Santa Cruz. It was only centuries later that the capital was transferred to Lisbon.

During the 13th century, Dom Dinis created the first University of Portugal in Coimbra, and defined it as “the city of knowledge”, a status which has lasted/endured over times. Most of the great generations of Portuguese academics, politicians, scientists and philosophers have lived and studied in Coimbra and the city has always been a hub for innovation and revolutionary ideas.

In September, at UCIMUN, we will have just enough time to visit and discover the magnificence of Coimbra and its UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: from Fado to Sofia, from the Républicas to the pure gold Joanine Library, this is a city you can’t miss.

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