• The program will grant 180 Santander Scholarships to enhance the employability and training of university students in technology and innovation through courses at IE University.
  • Applications can be processed through http://www.becas-santander.com/ until September 30.


Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, and the IE Foundation have signed an agreement whereby 180 young university students from 15 countries will benefit from specialized training in digital transformation to improve their employability and their knowledge in technology and innovation.

This scholarship program, which is part of Santander Scholarships | Digital Skills, will select 100 university students from various disciplines from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, USA, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Uruguay that may qualify for a Santander IE Scholarship - Digital DNA.

In addition, 30 of the scholarship students will participate in a selection process for professional internships at Banco Santander and will have the possibility of joining the team.

In the following months, 80 new Santander Scholarships will be convened for STEM profiles - with training in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics disciplines - in the framework of the collaboration between Banco Santander and IE Foundation.

Javier López, global director of Social Impact of Santander Universities, stressed that "from Santander Bank we want to help university students to develop their professional skills in order to better take advantage of the employment opportunities generated by digital transformation."

Carlos Mas, Executive Vice President of the IE Foundation, stressed that “all graduates, regardless of discipline, must have a common DNA that allows them to understand and manage the digital world in which we live. Empowering and developing this talent is part of the mission we share with Banco Santander and is the focus of this scholarship program. ”

The first 100 students selected for the Santander IE-Digital DNA program will receive training in English and Spanish from the faculty of IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, one of the IE University schools. It is aimed at undergraduate students in their last two courses, master program students and graduates in the last five years since the launch of the call.

Students will participate in two HIOPs (High Impact Online Programs) courses of five weeks each. The first, New Technologies for Innovation, is designed to know the impact of digital disruption from a business perspective and how companies are creating competitive advantages using these technologies.

Through the second, Data Science and Visualization for Business, they will obtain the foundations of data science and a practical experience in information and data visualization to be able to make the best decisions in the day to day business.

Santander IE-Digital DNA will allow students to understand the impact of technology and understand the potential of data science to make decisions in the business world. They will expand their knowledge and develop skills to face new challenges in their career“, said Lee Newman, Dean of IE School of Human Sciences and Technology.

The registration process opens today at http://www.becas-santander.com/ and candidates can register until September 30, 2019.

With the aim of enhancing the employability of university students, the 1,000 finalists of the Santander IE - Digital DNA program who finally do not get a place, will be able to access a MOOC training program on 'Intelligence Tools for Digital Age' of IE University and both institutions they will finance the certificate of said course that will allow them to accredit this capacity in their future selection processes.

Banco Santander and its commitment to Education

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, among other criteria.

Its firm commitment to Higher Education, which materializes through Santander Universities, also distinguished it as a company that invests most in Education in the world (Varkey Report / UNESCO / Fortune 500) and has become one of its hallmarks, with 1,200 collaboration agreements with universities and institutions in more than 20 countries, more than 1,700 million euros allocated to academic initiatives since 2002 and more than 73,000 scholarships and university grants granted in 2018 in order to contribute to the progress of people, Companies and society.

About IE Foundation

The IE Foundation (Instituto Instituto de Empresa) is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the social impact of IE through the application of its own resources and collaboration with strategic partners. Created in 1997, the Foundation actively promotes the institution's values ​​for twenty years: entrepreneurship, diversity, inclusion and innovation, with a special emphasis on the humanities as a fundamental aspect of higher education.

About IE University

IE University offers a technology-based learning ecosystem for leaders who make a difference in the world through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a unique focus on the Humanities. IE University has a faculty composed of more than 500 professors who currently teach classes to students from 131 countries in university degrees, master's, doctoral programs and executive training. The platform of more than 60,000 alumni of IE University is present in 165 countries.