Ricardo Rivero, chancellor of the University of Salamanca, and Matías Rodríguez Inciarte, president of Santander Universities, this morning presented the credentials to the students who have enjoyed the Salamanca-Banco Santander University Scholarship Program throughout this academic year.
A total of 211 students have received a diploma accrediting their participation in the different mobility and international research programs of the University of Salamanca. These programs are promoted by Banco Santander through Santander Universities in the academic year 2018-2019.
Out of 211 scholarships, 140 belong to the Santander-USAL International Scholarship Program. 35 have been granted to undergraduate scholars this academic year, 29 for masters (two from the "Women for Africa" cooperation project) and 66 for doctoral studies.
These young people were joined by the 25 beneficiaries of the Santander Iberoamérica Grado Scholarship Programme, two researchers from the Santander Iberoamérica Investigación Scholarship Programme and 10 students from the ProUni University for All Program. The program was promoted by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and supported by Banco Santander, thanks to the scholarships young Brazilians without economic resources were able to carry out higher studies in Salamanca's classrooms.
Likewise, this year, 34 students with pre-doctoral contracts (which have a duration of four years), also financed by the entity, have joined the event held in the Paraninfo de las Escuelas Mayores.
In this edition the university students come from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia.
The International Scholarships of University of Salamanca-Banco Santander represent the commitment of both institutions to the promotion of education and the development of talent. These programs have made it possible for Latin American, European, Asian and African university students - as has happened this year with the two students from Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia, who have benefited from the "Women for Africa" program - to complete their higher education at the academic institution in Salamanca, and contribute to improving the mobility of research teaching staff.
The Santander-USAL International Scholarship Program, managed by the International Relations Service of the University of Salamanca, has benefited more than 1,375 students in the last 18 years. To this we must add the 300 young people from other Santander mobility and research scholarship programs.
A collaboration initiated in 1998
Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, has been collaborating since 1998 with the University of Salamanca for the development of initiatives such as the Family-Owned Business Chair, the Ibero-American Business Management Chair, the Corporate Social Responsibility Chair and the Entrepreneurship Chair.
The initiatives also supported the creation and development of the USAL Science Park, the University of Salamanca-Banco Santander International Scholarships, the 'Studii Salamantini' Campus of International Excellence and the celebration of the VIII Centenary of the Salamanca Study.
Banco Santander is the only European bank included in the 'Change the World' 2018 ranking of companies that are contributing to improve the world (Fortune magazine) for its positive impact on society. The entity has also been distinguished as the company that invests the most in Education in the world (Varkey Report / UNESCO / Fortune 500). This firm commitment to higher education has become one of its hallmarks, with 1,200 collaboration agreements with universities and institutions in 21 countries, more than 1,700 million euros allocated to academic initiatives since 2002 and more than 73,000 scholarships and university aid granted in 2018. All of this with the aim of contributing to the progress of individuals, companies and society.