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Amazonia Programme 2020, sponsored by Santander Universities Brazil, completes its first year

13 june 2012. The Amazonia 2020 Program was launched by Santander Universities Brazil in 2011, and contributes to the sustainable development of the North of Brazil, offering Group support to university education and partnering with nine federal universities.

Already the program has granted 36 scholarships for students and professors through its Top España Program, 45 Ibero-American scholarships and 6,400 scholarships for distance language (English and Spanish) education.

In 2012 the initiative will expand to impact more than 100 thousand people, offering an additional 26 thousand scholarships for presence courses in Spain and Ibero-American countries and online language courses, among others.

To celebrate the programs 2011 achievements and announce its strategy for 2012, two major events were held in the region, attended by Jamil Hannouche, the Director of Santander Universities Brazil, Paulo Bertolane, the Executive Superintendent of the Middle West/North Network, as well as Santander general managers, university deans and other representatives, students and professors.

According to Jamil Hannouche, the Amazonia 2020 Program is one of the most iconic initiatives of Santander Universities. "Listening to the statements made by the students who benefitted from the program is a great source of satisfaction. It confirms we are on the right path to help develop the North of Brazil."

Paulo Bertolane agrees that is was an honor to be part of this celebration: "We are not only contributing for the social inclusion of families in the region, but are also helping create a more developed society and a better country".

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