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The title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro has been awarded to eminent personalities who are distinguished by their life’s career, or scientific cultural, political, economic or civic activity. They contribute to the prestige and aggrandisement of these activities, but also to the recognition of the University’s focus on the major themes of society and its players.

In this spirit, UTAD is proud of its panel of Honoris Causa Doctors, which includes such personalities as Franciscus Maria Lubbers (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands), António Lobo Antunes (writer), Wei Zhao (Rector of the University of Macau), Francisco Javier Olazabal (businessman), Manoel de Oliveira (filmmaker), Luís Valente de Oliveira (academician, former Chairman of CCDR-N and former Government Minister), Luís Garcia Braga da Cruz (former Chairman of CCDR-N and Government Minister), João Rosas Nicolau de Almeida (oenologist), Fernando Santos (National Football Squad Manager) the Portuguese Olympic Committee, Miguel Cadilhe (former Government Minister) and Alberto Feijóo (President of the Galician Governement).

 


foto de Alberto Núñez Feijóofoto de Alberto Núñez Feijóo
Alberto Núñez Feijóo

14 December 2017

Field of Law

Biographical Note:

Alberto Núñez Feijóo was born in Ourense, built a remarkable course in public life until his election as president of the Junta de Galicia. He graduated in Law from the University of Santiago de Compostela and has been linked to the Autonomous Administration since 1985, where he joined the General Board of Directors of the Board of Directors. Later, he held high-level positions in various branches of the Galician administration, standing out as president of the State Society of Posts and Telegraphs S.A. and as advisor of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Housing. In 2003, he distinguished himself with the Great Cross of Isabel Catholic.  Appointed deputy president of the Junta de Galicia in 2004, he was elected president in 2009.

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foto de miguel cadilhefoto de miguel cadilheMiguel José Ribeiro Cadilhe

24 March 2017

Economics

Biographical Note:

Miguel José Ribeiro Cadilhe was born in Barcelos, studied high school in Póvoa de Varzim and studied at the Faculty of Economics of the Universidade do Porto, where he also worked as a teacher. In 1973 he joined Banco Português do Atlântico, where he headed the Office of Economic Studies. He presided over various companies and institutions. He was Secretary of State for Planning in 1980 and Minister of Finance between the end of 1985 and the beginning of 1990. As president of the King Afonso Henriques Foundation, he launched the candidacy of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro to World Heritage. He received several school and professional awards and was awarded the crosses of the orders of the Merit of Portugal and the Southern Cross of Brazil and the Gold Medal of Merit of the city of Porto. He currently collaborates with entities related to culture, performs financial consulting functions and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Universidade do Porto.

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photo of fernando santosphoto of fernando santosFernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos

18 November 2016

Field of Sport

Biographical Note:

Fernando Santos graduated as a Technical Engineer of Electronics and Telecommunications in 1977 from the Superior Institute of Engineering of Lisbon and was Director of Technical Services at the Hotel Palácio, Estoril, from 1981 to 1998. He began his career as a footballer with Operário da Graça in the 1970-71 season. After that, he played for Desportivo da Graça, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Estoril, Marítimo, Estoril again, from the 80-81 season until February 1987, when he became the coach, leading the team first to the 2nd Division and then to the top tier of Portuguese football. After four seasons at Estrela da Amadora, in which he led the club to its highest level ever in the 1st Division, he moved to Futebol Clube do Porto in 1998, where he won the national championship in his first season. In 2001, he went to Greece, where he trained AEK and Panathinaikos. He returned to Portugal in 2003 to train Sporting Clube de Portugal. In 2004, he returned to AEK, and led the club to the Champions League. In 2006, he returned to Benfica, becoming the first Portuguese coach, and third in the world, to have managed the three main Portuguese football clubs. Back in Greece in 2007, he trained PAOK and in 2010 accepted the invitation to be manager of the Greek national squad. In September 2014, he was appointed coach of the Portuguese national team, and under his leadership Portugal qualified for the EURO 2016. In 2016, under his managership, the national team was crowned European champion.

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photo of joão nicolauphoto of joão nicolauJoão Rosas Nicolau de Almeida

29 May 2015

Field of Oenology

Biographical Note:

João Nicolau de Almeida graduated in Viticulture Chemistry and Oenology from the University of Bordeaux. He was one of the pioneers of monovarietal microvinification studies and the introduction of the vertical vineyard system in the Douro. He is currently oenologist and managing director for Ramos Pinto, which belongs to the international Roederer group. He has received the highest honours, including the winemaker of the year award by Wine & Spirits magazine in 1998. He has had a great influence on the development of D.O.C. Douro (designation of origin) wines, and in 1990 created Duas Quintas. He is considered one of the most brilliant Portuguese winemakers.

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photo of braga da cruzphoto of braga da cruzLuís Garcia Braga da Cruz

9 May 2015

Important services rendered to the country and, in particular, to the Northern region

Biographical Note:

Civil Engineer from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (1965), where he was a Guest Professor. He is currently Chairman of the Serralves Foundation and the Portuguese Foundation Centre. He was Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Northern Region (1986-1995 and 1996-2001); President of AREV – Assembly of European Wine Regions (1998/2001); Chairman of ENERNOVA, Novas Energias S.A. of the EDP Group; Minister of Economy in the XIV Constitutional Government. He was elected Member of the Assembly of the Republic in the 10th parliamentary legislature. He was Chairman of the General Council of the University of Minho (2009-2013).

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photo of Committee of Portugalphoto of Committee of PortugalNational Olympic Committee of Portugal

23 June 2014

Field of Sport

Biographical Note:

The Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) was founded on 26 October 1909 as a public institution with legal association status, of unlimited duration, established in accordance with the norms established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The COP is governed by its Statutes, which are drawn up in accordance with the principles of the Olympic Charter, the Regulations adopted at the Plenary Assembly and, in addition, the rules of the Civil Code applicable to associations.

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photo of Valente de Oliveiraphoto of Valente de OliveiraLuís Francisco Valente de Oliveira

14 June 2013

Field of Civil Engineering

Biographical Note:

Luis Francisco Valente de Oliveira was born in S. João da Madeira in 1937. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in 1961 and obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the same University in 1973. In The Hague (The Netherlands), he attended the Institute of Social Studies, from where he holds a Diploma in Regional Development Planning (1969), and also a Master of Science in Transportation Planning from Imperial College, University of London (1971). He was a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto between 1980 and 1997, where he held several positions, such as: Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Northern Region (1979-85); Minister for Education and Scientific Research (1978-79); Minister of Planning and Territory Administration (1985-95); Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing (2002-03). At the World Bank, he was responsible for the preparation, negotiation and implementation of the Integrated Development Programme for Trás-os-Montes and Alto-Douro. He has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ (Portugal – 2004); the Grand Cross of the Order of the Infante (Portugal – 1980); the Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil – 1987) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour (Greece – 2002). He also holds the rank of Commander of the Order of Our Lady of the Conception of Vila Viçosa of Portugal (Portugal – 2002) and of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France – 2008). He is a member of the Academy of Engineering; Member – Adviser to the Engineers Association; Chairman of the Council of Founders of Casa da Música; Member of the Board of Directors of FLAD – Luso-American Foundation for Development; non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Mota Engil, SGPS, S.A.; Chairman of the Supervisory Council of EFACEC, SGPS, S.A. He was Director of the AEP Foundation and, in 2013, the European Coordinator of Motorways of the Sea.

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photo of Manoel de Oliveiraphoto of Manoel de OliveiraManoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira

8th February 2012

Film and Cinematography

Biographical Note:

Manuel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira was born in Oporto on December 11th 1908. His early studies took place at the Universal School in Oporto, and the Jesuit College of La Guardia, Galicia, where he gains notoriety as a sportsman: gymnastics, swimming, athletics and motorsports. At the age of twenty he attends the School of Film Actors, founded by Rino Lupo, taking a part as an extra in the movie Fátima Milagrosa (1928). It’s after this that he buys a Kinamo camera, with which he begins filming Douro, Faina Fluvial whose debut on September 21st 1931, stirs up violent reactions from critics and praise from foreigners at the V International Critics Congress. In 1933 he acts in the film Lisbon Song (Canção de Lisboa), by Cottinelli Telmo. The soundtrack version of Douro, Faina Fluvial debuts overseas one year later, consecrates him as a filmmaker. He maintains a regular collaboration with his favourite actors: Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Diogo Doria, Rogério Samora, Michael William, Ruth Elizabeth, Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, John Malkovich, Michel Piccoli, Irene Papas, Chiara Mastroianni, Lima Duarte and Marisa Paredes. With a rather long filmography and numerous international awards, Manoel de Oliveira is a filmmaker who is called THE MASTER by many.

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photo of Francisco Javier Olazabalphoto of Francisco Javier OlazabalFrancisco Javier Olazabal Rebelo Valente

3rd June 2011

Viticulture

Biographical Note:

Francisco Javier Olazabal Rebelo Valente was born on the 23rd of May 1938, in Oporto. He graduated in Economics from the University of Porto Faculty of Economics. He was deputy director of the Constantino Port Wines Society and Deputy Manager of A. A. Ferreira, SA (Casa Ferreirinha), the parent company of the Group. He took the place of his father as president of A. A. Ferreira, SA. In 1987 the A. A. Ferreira Company is acquired by the Sogrape Group, but it maintains the same Administration, retaining him as President. In 1989 he assumes the presidency of Sogrape Distribution, SA, and in 1994 he and his three sons acquire the Quinta do Vale Meão in Vila Nova de Foz Coa, founded by his great-great grandmother Antonia Adelaide Ferreira (known as Ferreirinha of Régua). In 1998 he devotes himself to creating and marketing wines with his son, the oenologist Francisco de Olazabal Nicolau de Almeida, whose wines have received numerous awards. In 2001 he was elected Chancellor of the Port Wine Brotherhood, a position he held until 2009. In 2004 he was decorated by President Jorge Sampaio with the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit.

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photo of Wei Zhaophoto of Wei ZhaoWei Zhao

20th March 2011

Information Sciences

Biographical Note:

Professor Wei Zhao is a prestigious academic, with a degree in physics from Shaanxi Regular University in 1977, and the Master and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Massachusetts. He was a lecturer at the Xaanxi Regular University, Amherst College, University of Adelaide in Texas and A&M University. He was appointed eighth Dean of the University of Macau (UM) and was the first Meritorious Full Professor at that institution.

 

photo of Lobo Antunesphoto of Lobo AntunesAntónio Lobo Antunes

6th June 2007 

Literature

Biographical Note:

António Lobo Antunes was born on the 1st of September 1942, in Lisbon. He graduated in medicine, specializing in psychiatry, and began his literary career, marked by the experience of colonial war in Angola, in 1979. In 1985 he devotes himself exclusively to writing. He is currently one of the most widely read, translated and sold Portuguese writers worldwide.

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photo of Franciscus Maria Lubbersphoto of Franciscus Maria LubbersFranciscus Maria Lubbers

10th December 1989

Economics

Biographical Note:

Rudolphus (Ruud) Franciscus Maria Lubbers was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands on the 7th May 1939. He was a representative of the Catholic People’s Party (KVP), Minister of Economic Affairs and the Prime Minister in the Lubbers government. He devoted special attention to cooperation with Portugal.

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