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Researcher as Emeritus Professor
CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Professor Júlio Pedrosa da Luz de Jesus has been President of the Portuguese Council of Rectors (1998-2001), Ministry of Education (2001-2002) and President of the National Council for Education (2005-2009). Now he is a member of the Board of the University of Aveiro Foundation, engaged with the University of Aveiro Research Centres CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials and GovCooP – Governance, Competiveness and Public Policies.

In the last 10 years Professor Pedrosa has been involved in the Institutional Evaluation Program of European University Evaluation, as well as accreditations in Denmark and Lituania, having evaluated universities in Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Spain and Turkey, acting usually as team chair, being member of the Register Committee of The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), nominated by European University Association (EUA), since 2009.

Professor Pedrosa, continues to be interested in Research in higher education policies and governance, being an invited speaker of the last two conferences (in Macau and Brazil) of Portuguese Speaking Countries and Regions (FORGES) - Forum, on Higher Education Management in FORGES, has been invited speaker at two annual conferences of the Association of Portuguese Speaking Universities, a pro bonus consultant in the design of the University of Cabo Verde and was recently asked by Gulbenkian Foundation to Chair a team for studying and looking for developments to be considered in the Portuguese Higher Education System.

Professor Pedrosa got his first licenciatura in Physics and Chemistry, from the University of Coimbra, in 1967, where he started his university career as teaching assistant, the same year, was awarded a PhD in Chemistry by the University of Cardiff in 1978, after moving to the New University of Aveiro, in 1974, where he was later Vice-Rector (1987-1992) and Rector (1994-2001).