It is with great sadness and consternation that NOVA University Lisbon received the news of the passing of João Fraústo da Silva, Rector, and founder of the university.
"The mission of NOVA University Lisbon is greatly owed to the vision of João Fraústo da Silva, who contributed decisively, since its foundation, for the University to invest in innovation and to open to society, seeking to serve it through knowledge. João Fraústo da Silva will be forever associated with the values of the institution he founded", says João Sàágua, Rector of NOVA University Lisbon.
First rector of NOVA University Lisbon, also known as Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (1973-1975), whose largest residence hall bears his name, João Fraústo da Silva was Minister of Education in the VIII Constitutional Government of Portugal, President of the Instituto Nacional de Administração and President of Fundação das Descobertas/Centro Cultural de Belém.
Among the various decorations received, he was awarded the Senate Medal of NOVA University Lisbon in 1999 and the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in 2001.
To his family and friends, the NOVA University Lisbon and also Nova School of Business & Economics extend their deepest condolences.