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 Coat of Arms

​​The Coat of Arms of the University of Minho was created in 1974, the year in which the institution began its activity.

As a crest, the coat of arms has a winged serpent. In the upper part of the shield, there is an open book from alpha to omega and, in the bottom part, hyacinths in fields of silver. ​

The insignias of the University are grounded on the symbolic values of these three pieces.  The serpent represents wisdom; the book represents knowledge and the hyacinths represent scientific humility