The Universidade de Coimbra has a New Rector

 João Gabriel Silva

João Gabriel Silva, one of the most enthusiastic members of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, is the new rector of the Universidade de Coimbra (UC). When he presented his project, titled “Universidade de Coimbra – A Place of Knowledge and Initiative”, to become the rector of this higher education institution, he argued that the Universidade de Coimbra must take a "leading role" in the development of Portugal, “transforming knowledge into something that is socially relevant.” 

While he was head of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC), João Gabriel Silva was the principal leader of the dual degree Professional Master in Software Engineering (MSE) between the Universidade de Coimbra and Carnegie Mellon. This professional master has been a great success in both academics and industry, causing many Portuguese companies to become actively involved in the Program. Currently, the FCTUC has 30 students who have graduated from the program, and entered into the workplace to implement their research with various companies such as Portugal Telecom (PT), Novabase, Critical Software, and others. Last year, during the Student Orientation Day in Coimbra, he praised the progress of the Program, and emphasized the commitment of the Universidade de Coimbra to the partnership.

João Gabriel Silva, born in 1957, in Pombal, Portugal, completed his graduation at Universidade de Coimbra in 1980, and ended his Ph.D. eight years later. He was director of FCTUC since 2009. In 1998 he was part of a team that won an award for the business ideas with the project "Critical Software - Information Technology for Critical Systems," and this consequently led to the creation of the company with the same name “Critical Software”.

February 2011