Promoting the Spanish language
Banco Santander supports the teaching of the Spanish language through training programmes for lecturers and teaching staff in various countries.
Furthermore, the "Vale Project" has been developed in collaboration with the University of São Paulo (USP) and Cervantes Institute and is addressed to Brazilian students, and the "Hablar! Project".
Banco Santander is also sponsoring the preparation for the Corpus del Español del Siglo XXI [Spanish Corpus for the 21st Century], a project organised by the Spanish Royal Academy [RAE] in collaboration with the 21 institutions that form the Association of Spanish Language Academies. The bank also supports initiatives organised by Campus Comillas Foundation for the diffusion of the Spanish language. In addition, support was given to the 23rd edition of the DRAE (Dictionary of the Spanish Language).
In the US, the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE) and Banco Santander have signed an agreement with the biggest university system in the United States, SUNY, focused on supporting Spanish Language training amongst American professors, who will be able to go on trips to stay in Spain and Mexico, as well as undertaking research in the areas of Health, and student exchange programmes with Brazil.
In Russia, the bank promotes the diffusion of the Spanish language through a collaboration agreement with the Higher School of Economics of Moscow, the Federal University of Siberia and the South Federal University. And in China, Banco Santander is working with the four most important universities in China, where it develops different initiatives. Support is also given to the organization of events such as the International Congress of Hispanists.