Madrid, February 18, 2020.  The Jaume I University held the ceremony to award various prizes and aid financed by Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, to the university community. The ceremony was attended by the rector of the UJI, Eva Alcón; the director of agreements and patronage of Santander Universities Spain, José María García de los Ríos; the vice-rector of Planning, Coordination and Communication, Modesto Fabra, and the vice-rector of Students and Social Commitment, Inmaculada Rodríguez.

The rector of the UJI thanked Banco Santander for the close cooperation it has maintained with the university for 20 years in various areas, which has resulted in these awards and scholarships, among other initiatives. "Both Banco Santander and the Jaume I University want to recognise talent, effort, innovation and social commitment, values which form part of the DNA of both institutions. Alcón also said that "this constant collaboration with Banco Santander has enabled universities to advance in areas where we would not have been able to do so alone and thanks to your support we have taken greater steps in training, research and transfer".

For his part, the Director of Agreements and Patronage of Santander Universities said that "in Santander we are convinced that investing in education is the best way to contribute to the development of a socially responsible way and this act allows us to recognize not only the trajectory of the UJI as a reference of excellence in training, research, transfer and for its leadership in innovation, but also as an institution committed to its socio-economic environment, with the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the promotion of gender equality within and outside the University.

The UJI Social Commitment Awards-Banco Santander, which aim to promote and encourage research on issues related to social volunteering in all its aspects and areas of application, have been awarded in the category of teaching research to Professor Òscar Chiva, who won first prize for the project "Investigant la formació de mestres vers l'educació intercultural i la inclusió social: aprenentatge-servei a l'àrea de Didàctica de l'Expressió Corporal", and in the teacher Ana Mercedes Vernia, who has obtained the second prize for the work "Música i persones: accions voluntàries per a la qualitat de vida com a experiència d'aprenentatge".

In the category of doctoral research, the award went to Ari Wilson Gómez's research entitled "Psychological Self Care Program. Positive Psychological Interventions based on self-care" and in the category of End of Master's work the award has been for the work of Carmen Marín entitled "Project of intervention in motivation and employability for pre-university women with disabilities. The REMA Program. (Resilience, Employability, Motivation and Self-Efficacy)".

As for the UJI Emprèn-OnSocial Banco Santander grants, which aim to promote social, environmental and technological entrepreneurship among the university community, the "UGO" project by Manuel Lluch Godo and Jordi Malavella Cubells and the "El Telar" project by Romary Elena Vaamonde Sánchez were awarded.

Finally, the Scholarships-Salary Excelentia UJI Banco Santander, which are intended for first-year students of STEM degrees to promote enrollment and permanence in these studies, have been awarded to students Joan Agost Bellés, Oscar Muñoz Pastor, Miguel Gracia Monforte, and Raul Fortea Herreras. 

It is also worth noting that the UJI and Santander Universities have signed an addendum to the collaboration agreement between the two entities for the call for five Santander Progreso Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year for the best undergraduate and graduate students.