Mexico City, 7 April 2020. - To help alleviate the situation caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, is providing over 20,000 scholarships and grants worldwide for online training in various countries where the bank operates, including Mexico. This will enable young people to develop their digital, language and soft skills, thereby enhancing their future employability; and help university lecturers to carry out their academic work in an increasingly digital environment. 

One of the aims of Santander Scholarships' #YoMeQuedoEnCasa programme is to encourage the development of digital skills. With this in mind, an initial agreement has been reached with the IE Foundation of the IE University - a leading global business school - to enhance participants' digital and leadership skills, as well as offering them online courses to ensure that academic work can be carried out within an increasingly digital environment. 

According to Arturo Cherbowski Lask, executive head of Santander Universities and Universia México, "at Santander, at this difficult time we are all going through globally, we have increased our commitment to students, lecturers and universities; redirecting all our support for higher education in order to make the maximum use of digital tools. The various help available, which is part of the #YoMeQuedoEnCasa Scholarship Programme, will benefit the university community in Mexico both during the current situation and in the future". 

For this first edition of the "Santander IE Online Best Practices in Digital Education for Teachers Scholarship", applicants must be active teachers or lecturers at a higher education institution in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the US, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the UK and Uruguay; provide certified evidence of their level of English or Spanish (depending on the language the candidate chooses to study the course in), complete the application form at www.becas-santander.com and write a supporting letter explaining their reasons for applying (up to 280 characters).

For Javier Roglá, global head of Santander Universities, "the coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to adapt to circumstances we've never experienced before. For that reason, we at Santander Universities want to offer our undergraduates and graduates an extensive range of online courses so they can be better equipped in their professional lives post covid-19. Now is the time to ramp up our commitment to the employability of university students and the new scholarships we're offering are the best way".

The #YoMeQuedoEnCasa programme seeks to offer undergraduates, graduates and university lecturers creative solutions so that during the current lockdown they can identify what training they want and explore the best options available. The scholarships and grants in the #YoMeQuedoEnCasa programme, will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks through www.becas-santander.com

Banco Santander is able to offer these global scholarships and grants thanks to the collaboration agreements it has put in place with universities and institutions worldwide for over 20 years.

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ABOUT BANCO SANTANDER MÉXICO (NYSE: BSMX BMV: BSMX) 
Banco Santander México, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero Santander México (Banco Santander Mexico), one of the main banks in Mexico, offers a wide range of financial services and products, including retail and commercial banking and banking for individuals, financial advisory services and other investment activities. Banco Santander México provides a financial services platform for the middle and upper segments of the population and small and medium-sized enterprises. It also provides end-to-end financial services for the major multinational companies in Mexico. At 31 December 2019, Banco Santander México held total assets amounting to $1,411 thousand million and had more than 18.1 million customers. With headquarters in Mexico City, the company operates 1,402 branches around the country and has a total of 19,975 employees.