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Yale University hosted a livestream event about Refugee Crisis with the collaboration of Santander Universities

27th November 2015.- Santander Universities hosted its first-ever live video streaming event at Yale University this month – a panel discussion called, “Conversations on the Refugee Crisis”. The event was well received by higher education institutions in the US and globally.

In total, more than 30 institutions from around the globe tuned in for the discussion led by four of the 2015 World Fellows. The ´World Fellows program´, sponsored by Santander Universities, brings accomplished, mid-career, global leaders to New Haven, Connecticut, so that they can contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, collaborate with peers, and mentor students. Fellows return home ready to test their own boundaries and think differently about their work.

“With many different dimensions of the current refugee crisis in Europe, the 2015 Forum at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs was the right place for an important discussion on this global issue” said Eduardo Garrido, director Santander Universities U.S. “Viewers of the live stream heard about the effects of displacement on an individual’s identity and rights.”

In addition, many of Santander Universities’ partner universities in the U.S. circulated the video link to their faculty and students. At Monmouth University in New Jersey, for instance, the University’s Global Education Office dedicated a conference room on campus to the viewing of the discussion and held a brief discussion with students following the event.

Dr. Rekha Datta, Interim Vice Provost for Global Education at Monmouth, said: “The session was wonderful. The speakers were great -all who attended agreed that it was informative, timely, and the perspectives were indeed very valuable, not just for Europe, but for global migration and displaced peoples. Everyone enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Thank you again for bringing this our way and thanks to Santander for their wonderful work with universities”.

Banco Santander is the largest investor in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO report – Fortune 500). This initiative is backed by Santander Universities which has 1,200 collaboration agreements in place with universities and institutions worldwide.

In 2015, Santander granted more than 35,000 scholarships, financial aid for study and professional practices, and plans to grant more than 128,800 between 2016 and 2018. The entity backs more than 3,900 university projects each year and has earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support higher education projects by 2018. More information: www.santander.com/universities and www.santanderbank.com/us/universities

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"Conversations on the Refugee Crisis"

Assistants to the first-ever live video streaming event at Yale University.

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