José Ferreira Gomes is the Secretary of State for Higher Education of Portugal. Previously he has been the Member of the Parliament, Chair of the Inter-ministerial Commission for mobility and Portuguese delegate to the European Union (2002-2004). When it comes to his engagement within higher education, he has been the full professor of chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. He obtained his first degree in Chemical Engineering by the University of Porto in 1970, an MSc in Mathematics and D. Phil. in Theoretical Chemistry in 1976 by Oxford University (United Kingdom), and a master in University Administration by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). He was Vice-Rector of the University of Porto in 1998-2006. He was a member of the National Council of Education in 2011, a member of the Military Higher Education Council appointed by the Minister of Defense in 2012 and acting President of the Santander Group, an Association of European Universities (2011-2012). He acted as international expert on Higher Education for CONAES, Higher Education Evaluation Council of Brazil, OECD – IMHE programme, IAU/UNESCO, International Association of Universities – chairing the Working Group on Access, and acts as European Higher Education Policies expert in the Latin-American project 6×4 UEALC that aims at establishing a common Higher Education space. He has published more than 100 texts on education policies concerning Portugal, Europe and Latin America.