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Santander Chairman renews commitment to University of Roehampton students

Universidad de Roehampton

24 January 2013, United Kingdom-  Emilio Botin, Chairman of Santander Group, visited the University of Roehampton. A new agreement pledging financial support to the University until 2016 was signed by Emilio Botín and Paul O´Prey, vice-chancellor of the university.

In 2010, the university signed an agreement with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division. Under the agreement, the bank pledged a generous package of support for Roehampton students for a period of three years. Since then, the Bank has provided over £150,000 in sponsorship and awards, offering more than 60 students and academics the opportunity to pursue their studies and research, as well as providing funding to the University of Roehampton Hispanic Research Centre. The agreement has also allowed eight students to undertake work placements within the Bank.

Those benefitting from Santander awards include students from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Chile and US. The Santander Scholarship and Mobility Support Fund has funded international research trips to Africa, South America and Europe and enabled the University to run range of projects including a summer education programme with Paulo Freire Institute, University of California, Los Angeles; a filming-making project in Kenya and an anthropological study of “primate tourism” in Morocco.

Welcoming Mr Botin, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Paul O’Prey, said:  “It’s a great honour to have Emilio Botin here today. We are proud to be part of the Santander Universities “family” and to be able to offer our students and researchers the opportunity to receive the financial support that a Santander award or scholarship provides. Today, Emilio has met some of the grateful students and researchers who have benefited from his Bank’s generosity and learnt first-hand how this money is being put to use.  We are delighted that Santander will continue to support our students and researchers in the coming years; helping them in their studies, giving a boost to their employability, and benefitting the University of Roehampton’s work in Spanish-speaking communities across the world.”

About Santander Universities
Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions.

The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with more than 1,020 academic institutions from 17 countries.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with over 66 British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers.

More information: www.santander.com/universities  

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Emilio Botín, chairman of Santander, and Paul O'Prey, vice-chancellor of the university, signing the agreement.

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