The current Rector is Professor António Fidalgo – who took over the September 5, 2013
Message from the Rector
By nature the man seeks knowledge. To ask, to question, to research, to study, to discover, to investigate, to reflect, these are actions of who wants to know. Curiosity is, in fact, one of the engines of human life. The University lives out of that demand of knowledge dually. Firstly, by instigating and promoting the desire to know and, then, by satisfying that desire. This is not a definite satisfaction, because as you get the answers to old questions, new questions arise requiring more study, more research and reflection.
As it is said in the preamble of its statutes, the University of Beira Interior assumes the European University secular spirit of junction and transmission of all knowledge and the contemporary designs of research and scientific exchange within a universal community. The teaching, the learning and the research that teachers, students and staff pursue are the core of the university mission.
The UBI web page pursues several objectives:
- To make the UBI known to the world in the best way, the most complete and true; in particular to those who seek a University to study and obtain a high-quality human, cultural, scientific and technological training.
- To serve as an effective instrument of work and communication to the entire academic community, students, teachers, and staff.
-To establish a lasting relationship with all those who were students of UBI.
-To contribute to the development of Beira Interior and to make the Portuguese society a more prosperous, fair and fraternal one.
António Fidalgo was born in February 1956 in the village of João Pires, Penamacor. He studied in the Diocesan seminaries of Fundão and Guarda between 1966 and 1974, benefiting from a grant from the Social Works Institute. In October 1974, when he was 18 years old, he began working in Lisbon in a company of industrial additives. Always as a working student he concluded the Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon (1975-1978).
After a year of work and travel (Greece, Israel, Germany and Switzerland), in October 1979 he took back his studies in Philosophy at the University of Würzburg in Germany. As a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, he obtained the degrees of Magister Artium (1981) and Doctor Philosophiae (1985).
When he returned to Portugal in September 1984, he taught in the Faculties of Theology and Human Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. He joined at UBI in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Communication.
As an associate professor in Communication Sciences, he was Vice-Rector from July 1995 to July 1998, during the mandates of the rectors Cândido Morgado and Manuel Santos Silva.
In the sabbatical year of 1998-1999 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University with a grant from the Luso-American Development Foundation. Full professor since May 2000, in this year he launched the Faculty of Arts and Letters, of which he was the first President until 2008. He was part of the Statutory Assembly of UBI in 2008. In the school year of 2008-2009 he was a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
Within the UBI, he boosted the creation of graduate courses in Portuguese Language and Culture (1996), Multimedia Design (2000) Cinema (2002), master's and doctorate in Communication Sciences (1995), having been the first Director of Course of each of them. In 2000 he launched the online journal Urbi et Orbi, of which he was the director until 2007. In 2002 he created the LabCom – Online Communication Lab, credited investigation unit and evaluated by FCT.
In 2009 he was one of the candidates for Rector of UBI, but the winner was Professor João Queiroz.
His election for Rector took place in July 5, 2013.