Banco Santander is teaming up with Laspau to give 150 scholarships for an innovation programme to help higher education instructors boost their teaching skills.

The programme, selected by the teaching community, targets university professors, who will take courses about new teaching curricula from all over the world.

Laspau, which is a world-renowned organization affiliated with Harvard University, has been creating and running scholarship programmes for over 50 years.

The deadline for applications is 26 July 2021 at

Madrid, 21 June 2021 - PRESS RELEASE
Banco Santander, Santander Universidades and Laspau (affiliated with Harvard University) have opened 150 Santander Skills | Innovation in Teaching scholarships for university professors in 11 countries to study innovative and effective teaching curricula.

Paired with expert teachers and pedagogues, scholarship participants will take courses designed to equip them with the tools they need through networking and best practice sharing so they can become agents of change in their teaching communities. They will apply active learning principles and backward design curricula to develop their own educational projects. 

The programme, which builds on an exhaustive study on a vast international network of teachers, is available in Spanish, English and Portuguese. It targets university professors working in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

“Banco Santander’s commitment to education and innovative teaching in higher education is no secret. Our aim with this initiative was to extend that commitment to teachers through a study highlighting the pressing need to make new educational practices in universities mainstream faster and to pave the way for a programme we’re really proud of“, said Javier Roglá, global head of Santander Universities.

According to Angélica Natera, executive director of Laspau, “Our network of experts and 55 years’ experience in opening the door to quality higher education helped design a programme where people can learn enhanced techniques; establish ties with world-renowned universities; become better teachers; and champion change that impacts their institutions”.

The course will begin in October. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria and apply at The deadline is 26 July. Participants who successfully complete all the programme's activities will get an online certificate. 

Banco Santander and its support for higher education
Banco Santander, the leader in responsible banking, is firmly committed to progress and inclusive sustainable growth. Through Santander Universities, it has been a pioneering stalwart of higher education for 25 years, standing out among the world's financial institutions. Banco Santander has committed more than EUR 2 billion and awarded over 630,000 scholarships and grants since the Universities programme began.

Laspau is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with Harvard University. For 55 years, it has been building a human network to connect individuals and institutions across the Americas with high-quality opportunities in education. It has designed and managed over 240 scholarship programmes that have benefited more than 20,000 people. Laspau is also a leading innovator in higher education. For 14 years, its University Innovation (IU) arm has run 150 programmes to promote innovation and bolster university leadership and governance across Latin America and the Caribbean. Our IU programmes have left a mark on 12,000 professors, decision-makers and students throughout the region.