Enric Argullol i Murgadas, 1990-2001
Enric Argullol (Barcelona, 1946) was UPF's first rector. Previously he had been the commissioner of the Office for the Promotion of Catalonia's New University and, subsequently, he chaired the UPF Management Committee, bodies that laid down the guidelines for the future university. He promoted the location of the University in Barcelona. During the second half of the 1990s he launched the expansion of UPF, initially focused on social sciences and humanities, to health and life sciences as well as engineering.
He is a professor of Administrative Law and specialist in regional autonomy system and land planning, and was also a lecturer at the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he was the dean of the Faculty of Law.
After three terms as a rector, professor Argullol has continued his teaching and research activities. He is a member of the Catalan government's Legal Advisory Council since 1979 and a member of the Institute for Catalan Studies.
Maria Rosa Virós i Galtier, 2001-2005
Maria Rosa Virós (Barcelona, 1935-2010) was Spain's first female professor of Political and Administration Science, and Catalonia's first female university rector. Holder of a PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona, she played a pioneering role in relation to the same institution's political science studies, and went on to be the driving force behind UPF's degree programme in the field in question. She held the positions of general secretary, vice-rector for the implementation of statutes, vice-rector for the university community and dean of political science studies at UPF between 1991 and 2001. After her term of office as rector, she chaired the Barcelona Economic and Social Council (CESB). She received a number of accolades in recognition of her career, including the Medalla President Macià (2005) and the Creu de Sant Jordi (2007).
- UPF's tribute to former rector Maria Rosa Virós
- UPF's publication in honour of former rector Maria Rosa Virós
Josep Joan Moreso i Mateos, 2005-2013
Josep Joan Moreso (Tortosa, 1959) is a professor of Philosophy of Law. Holder of a PhD in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), he was awarded the degree of doctor honoris causa by the University of Valparaíso (Chile) in October 2010 in recognition of his career as an academic and jurist. His field of research is theory of law, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamism of legal systems, and his most recent research revolves around the philosophical foundations of the Spanish Constitution. His first managerial position at UPF was that of vice-rector for teaching staff and the European Higher Education Area (2001-2005). Before beginning to lecture at UPF, he taught at the UAB and the University of Girona, where he also held various managerial posts as of 1998.
Jaume Casals i Pons, 2013-2021
Jaume Casals i Pons (Barcelona, 1958) is a professor of Philosophy at the Humanities Department of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). He is also a senior fellow of the Institute for Catalan Studies (Institut d'Estudis Catalans).
With a Ph.D. in Philosophy (UAB, 1984), before becoming a professor at UPF he taught at UAB and Paris Diderot (Paris 7). His main lines of research include the Greek genesis of modern and contemporary thought, philosophy and literature. He has translated and edited works by Montaigne, Montesquieu, Berkeley and Bergson, and is the author of 40 articles and several books. He was joint editor-in-chief of the journal L'Avenç (1999-2000) and contributor and member of the editorial boards of various international scientific series on Renaissance literature and philosophy.
In the management and administrative spheres, he has held various positions. At UPF, he was Vice-Rector for Teaching Staff (2005-2009) and for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies (2001-2005), as well as Dean of the Humanities Faculty (2000-2001). He was also President of the University Libraries Consortium of Catalonia (CBUC, 2005-2009), Director of the Barcelona Humanities Institute (Institut d'Humanitats de Barcelona) and Chair of the UAB Philosophy Department (1990-1992). He has also been the Continuing Education Institute's (IDEC) Academic Board Chairman and Executive Vice-President from 2009 to 2013.