Participants will gain in-depth knowledge in blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and other sought-after technologies.

The scholarships are open to residents of 11 countries who are at least 18 years of age and are looking to bolster their knowledge of emerging technologies to propel their careers.

Details of the application process—open through January 10th—can be found at

Madrid, October 8th, 2021
Banco Santander (through Santander Universities) and MIT Professional Education are offering 400 “Santander Tech | Emerging Technologies Program by MIT Professional Education” scholarships geared at courses related to in-demand technologies such as blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity in a job market dominated by digitalization and upskilling.

These online courses are for anyone over the age of 18 living in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US, and Uruguay. Participants will gain hands-on experience that can help boost their employability and their career paths.

Applicants can choose from five courses designed by faculty of MIT, a global leader in innovation, education, and digital transformation:

  • Digital Transformation: Technologies and Their Practical Applications. This course offers insights into the five technologies transforming modern business: blockchain, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of things (IoT), and cybersecurity. Participants will gain insights into the role of these innovative technologies in modern practices and the challenge many companies face in implementing them. No previous technical experience is required to take this course.
  • Machine Learning: Leveraging Data Insights. By reducing uncertainty and inconsistencies, machine learning is becoming essential in the process of making reliable, data-driven decisions. This course will offer participants an extensive view of machine learning—a branch of artificial intelligence—in order to improve their operational decision-making processes. This course is aimed at those from technical backgrounds or with some previous experience with these technologies.
  • Designing High Impact Solutions with MITdesignX: Framing. As the modern problems faced by humanity continue to increase in complexity and scope, the ability to identify, frame, and develop impactful solutions has emerged as a crucial skill. In this course, participants will examine a framework that incorporates a tested series of steps and tools to help them as they prepare to design a product, service, or concept to tackle these intricate, modern problems. Participants can bring their own problem to develop a solution, or they can use the ideation process to select one for solving. No technical background or experience is required for this course.
  • Designing Product Families: From Strategy to Implementation. This course examines the concept of product platforms and families—key to modern industrial operations—and how they can maximize cost savings and increase variety. Participants will explore today’s trend of mass production and customization while learning to strategically position products, services, and systems in an ever-competitive market. No technical background or experience is required for this course.
  • Management of Technology: Roadmapping and Development. Fierce competition is an integral part of the modern business world, requiring organizations to innovate and develop at lightning speed to stay ahead. This environment requires leaders who adapt, learn continuously, and understand that technology is key to leading their organizations to a more prosperous and connected reality. Participants will explore technology roadmaps before developing their own as they learn to make more effective tech implementation decisions and help shape R&D portfolios.This course is designed for those from technical backgrounds or with related experience. 

According to Javier Roglá, global head of Santander Universities, “We’re furthering our commitment to higher education to open the door to the jobs market. These scholarships, alongside a distinguished international partner like MIT Professional Education, are proof of that. The jobs market is undergoing a great shift towards digitalization, with higher demand for people with the skills that these scholarships enable them to learn.”

“The shortage of people with skills in digital technology both in the EU and Ibero-America means that thousands of job openings requiring digital training may remain unfilled. Our mission is to provide MIT’s knowledge and experience to professionals globally, in order for them to develop the necessary skills to participate and vigorously lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” stated Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education.

The courses, delivered by MIT Professional Education faculty, will begin in February 2022. The application process closes January 10th, and those interested can find more details about the process and requirements at

Banco Santander and Its Commitment to 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 advocate of higher education for 25 years, a distinguishing accomplishment among the world's financial institutions. Banco Santander has committed more than €2 billion to academic initiatives and awarded over 630,000 scholarships and grants since its Universities program began.

About MIT Professional Education
For over 70 years, MIT Professional Education has been providing technical professionals worldwide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge, and expertise through advanced education programs designed specifically for them. In addition to industry-focused, two-to-five-day, on-campus Short Programs, MIT Professional Education offers professionals the opportunity to take blended learning courses and programs through Digital Plus Programs, attend courses abroad through International Programs, enroll in regular MIT academic courses through the Advanced Study Program, or attend Custom Programs designed specifically for their companies. For more information, please visit: