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In memoriam: Professor Rui Santiago

bildeLast month, we were saddened to hear that one of the professors of the HEEM programme, Professor Rui Santiago passed away. In this post, we commemorate his legacy as a colleague and mentor in the HEEM programme. – the world of higher education has lost a great scholar and a wonderful human being.


Recently the sad news reached us that our esteemed colleague Professor Rui Santiago had passed away. We have cooperated with Rui in a number of settings but remember him especially as one of the pillars of our joint ERASMUS MUNDUS joint degree programme HEEM. Rui did not only play a decisive role in securing the participation of Aveiro University in the HEEM programme. He has also throughout the 7 years of its existence coordinating the parts of the HEEM programme offered in Aveiro, represented Aveiro in the HEEM Board, and supervised many HEEM students’ Master thesis work.

Rui was not only a highly appreciated academic colleague, he was also a warm and caring person whom we always enjoyed to meet personally. We remember for example fondly our first visit to Aveiro for discussing the HEEM programme with the university’s leadership. Before any of the planned meetings had started Rui took us by car to the beach where we spent a wonderful hour drinking coffee, enjoying the sun, and talking about all kinds of things, from the history of the city of Aveiro, Portuguese politics, to the quality of Portuguese red wine (according to Rui white is only good for washing your hands). We arrived relaxed at the subsequent meetings and had very constructive talks with the Aveiro representatives.

One minute silence against violence

The European University Association (EUA), with support from the European Student Union (ESU) have called higher education institutions, student unions and other organisations across Europe to stand united for one minute silence on Monday 27th of April 2015  (12:00 CET) in remembrance of the 147 students killed at Garissa on 2 April 2015.

The role of education in military conflict and the attacks on educational institutions also led to the adoption of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in 2014. Read more here.


Leslie Wilson, the secretary general of EUA commented on this: “While the events in Garissa stand out in their barbarity, we draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day. Attacks on universities, their students and scholars weaken or obliterate academic freedom; have a devastating impact on research, teaching and access to education; and impair society’s long-term development. Safeguarding the freedom and safety of universities and university communities is therefore vital in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of humankind.

Join the ESU event here

The European Student Union has also encouraged to support Kenyan Red Cross who has provided help to the survivors and families of the victims. We would also strongly encourage you to consider this.


In memoriam: the 147 victims at Garissa University College

Clipboard01The recent attack at Garissa University College in Kenya cannot be characterised as anything than a vicious terror attack on the young generation of learners in Kenya.

Garissa University College was an institution that has a strong vocational and professional focus for their students, in particular in areas of business and technology studies. It was a young and small institution, with ambitions to grow and contribute to the community.

It is difficult to find words to describe the horror that went underway during the morning of April 2th. This is an incredible loss of so many young bright future citizens of Kenya.

Taking the lives of so many innocent students, this is also an attack on education as a principal value in modern society, and a very tragic reminder world wide that there is still a long way to go until education on all levels is freely available, free from being targeted by terror.

May you all rest in peace.

Holiday greetings from Hedda!

heddasnowrandomDear Hedda friends across the globe!

We are incredibly thankful that you have taken the time to stop by to read some of the guest posts, listen to podcasts, consider some of the opportunities in the world of higher education. We are also immensely indebted to all of our fabulous guest contributors in 2014 – thank you so much for using some of your time for Hedda. 

Just before new year, we shall also summarise the year of 2014 in review – writing up all the highlights that have been on the blog 2014. So if you think you might have missed out on something – this is your chance to catch up! 

Again – thank you so much for 2014, and looking forward to an equally wonderful 2015! Happy holidays from all of us! 

Holiday greetings from the Hedda team

heddasnowrandom2013 has reached its final days and another year has passed. We would want to wish happy holidays to the whole Hedda family – our previous, current and future students and staff, the numerous researchers and experts who have contributed to this blog as well as to all of our readers. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season, but for all of you – hope the last days of 2013 will bring you joy and looking forward to seeing you again in 2014!

We will update during the holiday season as well with our traditional Year in review posts where we will summarise the most important news and entries from last year. And we might occasionally also post other updates if we find anything that catches our eye.

Remember, early 2014 we will also launch the new Hedda site – so if you have any last minute suggestions – leave a comment and we will see what we can do!