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Goethe-Universität Frankfurt to build a WELCOME CENTRE for nternational scientists with the support of Banco Santander

  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and Banco Santander sign a collaboration agreement
  • The goal is the development of a “Welcome Centre” for international scientists and financial aid for the Institute of Roman languages

Mönchengladbach/Frankfurt, 20 July 2012 – Banco Santander, a branch of Santander Consumer Bank, and Goethe Universität Frankfurt signed an agreement for their future collaboration today. The objective of the collaboration is the development of a “Welcome Centre” for international scientists and financial aid for the Institute of Roman languages. Furthermore, Santander will provide 20 Deutschlandstipendien (German grants) for students of the University in Frankfurt.

Santander supports this university project through its Santander Universities Global Division. Santander, in the context of its social involvement, maintains a stable alliance with over 1,020 academic institutions in 17 countries. After the University of Heidelberg and the University of Cologne, the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt is the third German university which Banco Santander supports. By 2013 year end, Santander Universities aims to reach agreements with nine additional leading universities in Germany.

The agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Werner Müller-Esterl, president of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, and Emilio Botín, Chairman of Banco Santander. They were accompanied by Ulrich Leuschner, chairman of the board of Santander Consumer Bank, and Pedro de Elejabeitia, chief representative of Santander Consumer Bank and head of the Banco Santander retail business.

The collaboration will include the building of a “Welcome Centre” for international scientists. At Goethe-University Frankfurt there are about 800 international guests each year, mostly guest scientists and new professors beginning at the university. Within three years, the new “Welcome Centre” should become a meeting point for those international guests in order to help them to settle into the city of Frankfurt and especially into the University of Frankfurt. Banco Santander is also supporting a new part-time employment position for a Spanish language teacher at the Institute of Roman Languages and Literature, which aims to increase the department’s teaching capacities and better the teaching quality. Furthermore, Santander will provide 20 Deutschlandstipendien for students of the Frankfurt University. The Deutschlandstipendium is an initiative of the federal government of Germany. Talented students receive a monthly stipend of 300 Euros, half the money is provided by companies – in this case Santander – and the other half by the German government.

About Santander Universities
Banco Santander, through the 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 higher education 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

About Goethe University Frankfurt
Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born academic renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.

Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering “citizens’ university” - and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation. Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.

As a university with an endowment, a funding model rare in Germany’s system of higher education, GU enjoys considerable freedom from state control when it comes to the details of how a modern university should be run, including the appointing of professors. The endowment that is being built up will be invested specifically in promoting an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think, and create.

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New Welcome Center Goethe-Universität - Santander

Emilio Botin, president of Santander Bank, and Wernr Müller-Esterl, professor and president of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, at the signing of the partnership of Santander Universities and the German university.

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