In 1996 Emilio Botín, Chairman of Santander, decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. With the conviction that the University is a vital cornerstone of development and progress, Santander Universities began its activity in Spain. As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and the UK. So far, Santander Universities has donated over €1 billion in the shape of scholarships, mobility grants, support for special projects and academic and non-academic awards.
Last year our worldwide funding supported:
- 4,000 academic, financial and technological projects funded
- 28,443 scholarships and grants
- 146 million Euros of funding to higher education institutions