The programme’s modules will enhance students’ leadership; creativity; productivity; persuasiveness and emotional intelligence; negotiation skills; communication; complex problem-solving; and decision-making. 

The programme was designed by Esade, an institute that is internationally recognized for academic excellence and at the top of the world's most prestigious career development rankings.

The application period is open until 21 September at

Madrid, 08 July 2021.
Banco Santander and Santander Universities are teaming up with Esade to open 2,500 “Santander Skills | Upskill your Talent - Esade” scholarships to enhance crucial soft skills for success in a labour market characterized by digital transformation and a demand for new, wide-ranging skills.

The programme comprises seven 6-to-8-hour modules that students can take in Spanish, English or Portuguese. They aim to foster leadership; creativity; individual productivity; persuasiveness and emotional intelligence; negotiation skills; communication; complex problem-solving; and decision-making.

The programme — which is open to students aged 18 and up from or residing in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, the US and the UK — is entirely online and based on an experiential “learning-by-doing” model that combines theory and practice.

Students can learn to coordinate and lead teams assertively; come up with creative solutions to problems and shortcomings in a project; fast-track processes with new methodologies; be more persuasive with working teams, customers and stakeholders; and master the right channels and messages to communicate effectively with various audiences.

Furthermore, if they meet all the programme’s requirements and complete all projects and activities, they will get a certificate of achievement. Students will be continually evaluated through assignments, deliverables and self-assessments that measure their performance objectively.

“In a more competitive labour market where automation is on the rise, soft skills have become an essential hiring requirement. At Banco Santander, we’re firm believers that these scholarships to enhance skills like leadership, negotiation and creativity add value to professionals and, no doubt, boost their employability”, said Javier Roglá, global director of Santander Universities.

According to Marc Correa, director of Executive Education at Esade, “we want these seven, brief online courses to educate professionals about soft skills that are growing in demand in the job market. The purpose of these scholarships is to meet a clear and pressing need to train professionals in what is being demanded by companies and vital to post-pandemic recovery".

The application deadline is 21 September. Anyone interested can check the eligibility criteria and apply at

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.

About Esade
Founded in 1958, Esade is a global academic institution with campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence throughout the world, thanks to collaboration agreements with 185 universities and business schools. Each year, more than 11,000 students participate in courses organized by three academic units: Esade Business School, Esade Law School and Executive Education. Esade Alumni, an association made up of more than 65,000 Esade graduates, maintains an international network of 72 international chapters. Esade’s graduates represent 126 nationalities and are present in more than 100 countries. Esade’s business innovation park, Esade Creapolis, aims to inspire, facilitate and accelerate innovation at the companies participating in this pioneering ecosystem. Esade’s international outlook has enabled the school to secure top positions in the main international business school rankings, including those published by the Financial Times, QS, Bloomberg Businessweek and América Economía. Esade is a member of Ramon Llull University.