Santander, committed to Higher Education
The University plays a fundamental role in the knowledge society. It acts as a guide towards an innovative society, contributing to economic and social change and supporting scientific and technological progress.
Through its Santander Universities, Banco Santander has collaborated with universities for 18 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions.
The bank tops the 'Global Fortune 500' list as the company that invests the most in Corporate Social Responsibility in connection with education, according to the first global study published by the Varkey Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO.
Santander Universities maintains 1.208 universities and research institutes from Argentina (78), Brazil (457), Belgium (1), Chile (56), China (12), Colombia (27), Germany (9), Ghana (1), Mexico (194), Poland (55), Portugal (46), Puerto Rico (8), Qatar (1), Russia (8), Singapore (3), Spain (118), USA (39), United Kingdom (78), UAE (1) and Uruguay (6).*
Until 2018, Santander will have allocated € 1.7 billion to collaboration projects with universities and research centres around the world. In 2014, the bank invested 146 million euros.
More than 2.130 professionals coordinate and manage Santander's commitment to higher education through Santander Universities Division, which is directed by José Antonio Villasante Cerro, assistant executive vice-chairman of Santander.
Academic institutions receiving support from Santander for the development of academics initiatives relating to scholarships; mobility grants; research Programmes; university-Enterprise Relations; new technologies; promotion of the Spanish language, and global projects like Universia, CISE, YUZZ, the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library, and RedEmprendia.
* Information provided and updated by each country.