Last 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.