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Santander supports the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster, Germany


30th January 2013, Germany- Santander Consumer Bank AG, and the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster signed an agreement on a future cooperation. The aim of the cooperation is to provide financial support to build an interdisciplinary “Evolution Think Tank” for international doctoral candidates at the „WWU Graduate Centre“ and the creation of two posts in the student counseling in the international contact center “Die Brücke” (the bridge) and the „WWU Graduate Centre“. In addition Santander will provide 20 scholarships for students of the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster.

Santander will support these projects for an initial period of three years on behalf of “Santander Universitäten”, which is part of Santander Universities Global Division. As part of the banks social commitment “Santander Universidades” maintains partnerships with more than 1,020 academic institutions in 17 countries worldwide. The Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster is next to the University of Cologne as well as the Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Heidelberg the fourth university that joins “Santander Universitäten”. In the future more agreements will be sought with other top universities in Germany.

The agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Ursula Nelles, vice-chancellor of the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster, and Pedro de Elejabeitia, member of the board of Santander Consumer Bank and responsible for the Santander Banks Retail Business.

The international contact centre “Die Brücke” is the focal point for international students to promote the integration of German and international students. The “WWU Graduate Centre” is aimed to advise the doctoral candidates concerning their promotion planning and career development. Furthermore a continuing education program shall strengthen their interdisciplinary competences. Both centers are supported by the foundation through the creation of one post each, which will cost a total amount of 120.000€ a year. With an additional 40.000€ a year “Santander Universitäten” will support the establishment of an interdisciplinary “Evolution Think Tank” in the future interdisciplinary graduate school „Münster Graduate School of Evolution (MGSE)".

The “Evolution Think Tank” shall enable internationally renowned scientists to do interdisciplinary research on evolution. Additionally Santander will provide 20 “ProTalent”-scholarships for students of the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster. The “ProTalent”-scholarship is initiated by the Westphalian Wilhelms University. Talented students receive a support of monthly 300 Euros, half the money is provided by companies – in this case Santander – the other half by the German government.

About Santander Universities

Banco Santander, through Santander Universities Global Division, maintains a stable alliance with over 1,020 academic institutions from 17 countries. Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Banco 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.

For more information please visit www.santander.com/universities  

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Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster

Ursula Nelles, vice-chancellor of the university, and Pedro de Elejabeitia, member of the board of Santander Consumer Bank and responsible for the Santander Banks Retail Business.

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