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Enhancing digitalization together: Santander and TU Berlin agree on partnership (Disponible solo en inglés)

Ulrich Leuschner, Chairman of Santander Consumer Bank AG, Javier Roglá, Global Head Santander Universities and Universia and Christian Thomsen, President of the Technical University of Berlin with other representatives of the bank and the university.
  • Junior-professorship at the ’Einstein-Center Digital Future‘ as the focus of the promotion
  • ’Pathbreaking and highly innovative project’

Mönchengladbach/Berlin, 6th of September 2017. Ulrich Leuschner, Chairman of the Santander Consumer Bank AG, and Christian Thomsen, President of the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), signed today an agreement revealing their future partnership. In the context of the partnership, Santander will primarily support a junior-professorship at the ‘Einstein-Center Digital Future‘.

‘Berlin as the European capital of digitalization‘– this ambitious goal was set by the city and its universities. The newly founded ‘Einstein-Center Digital Future’ will contribute achieving this goal. Since its foundation, the Technical University of Berlin is member and spokesman of this innovative public-private-partnership project. The center is creating an interdisciplinary research environment for digitalization purposes.

At the joint signature Ulrich Leuschner pointed out the importance of this cooperation for Santander: ’If we take a look at the meaning of digitalization for the future, the only thing to say is: it is high time for such an initiative to start.’

Javier Roglá, Global Head Santander Universities and Universia, came from Madrid to assist the signing of the agreement. He said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with such a prestigious university, in the study of the digitalization for people and companies progress in all the countries we are operating.’

The President of the TU Berlin, Christian Thomsen, said: ’We see ourselves as the “motor” of the digitalization, as we could achieve more than 50 new IT-professorships together with our partner universities and further institutions. This means a striking locational advantage for the research environment, the students and the city as a whole.’

Not only Berlin is going to profit from the Einstein-Center. Due to this unique cooperation with partners in economics, politics and science, the initiative will also benefit the location Germany. Ulrich Leuschner explains: ’In this regard, the cooperation is unique, pathbreaking and highly innovative and therefore we appreciate the opportunity to be part of this initiative right from the start.’ By the support of Santander, a new junior-professorship is going to be supported and as an effect, also the way into a digital future.

A further important cornerstone of the cooperation is the support of the internationalization strategy of the TU Berlin by Santander Universities Germany, which is part of the global department ’Santander Universidades’. As a first project, Santander will support the TU Berlin by hosting a conference about the internationalization of curricula in the so-called MINT-subjects. The conference will take place from the 14th till the 16th of February 2018.

In the context of the global inimitable initiative Santander Universities, the bank keeps more than 1,100 collaboration agreements with universities in 21 countries. This excellent network contributes achieving the intentions of internationalization.

In Germany, the bank has been collaborating with 13 Universities nationwide since 2011. Banco Santander is the largest investor in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO report – Fortune 500). More information is available at www.santander.com/universities and www.santanderbank.de/universitaeten

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