The University of Surrey renews agreement with Santander

Tuesday 24 January 2012

One of the world’s biggest banks, Santander, has renewed, through its Santander Universities Global Division, an agreement with the University of Surrey that will benefit both students and staff.

One of the world’s biggest banks, Santander, has renewed, through its Santander Universities Global Division, an agreement with the University of Surrey that will benefit both students and staff.

Emilio Botin, Chairman, Santander signed the three-year agreement with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden. The event took place at the recently inaugurated Library and Learning Centre of the university and senior delegates from Santander joined members of the university community at the event.

The University of Surrey was established in 1966 and was previously known as the Battersea College of Advanced Technology. Graduates from this university are among those in the UK to find their first job in the shortest period of time.  

Each year the new deal will provide the university with a range of initiatives including scholarships for graduates and postgraduates, international and national mobility grants for students and staff of the university, a contribution to study programmes about Latin-America and the Portuguese language and support to the Universities Global Partnership Network (UGPN) which involves a signed agreement between the Universities of Surrey, São Paulo and North Caroline State.

Additionally the new agreement will support entrepreneurs as a key part of the UK’s economy. Santander will therefore fund incubators where students will be able to develop their business ideas.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden commented:

“We are very grateful for the continued support from Santander which has led to the formation of a highly valued partnership, helping both the development of our international networks, as well as encouraging student enterprise. The experiences gained by staff and students through this support brings cultural and educational insights of enormous benefit to the University, and enhances our growing reputation and impact internationally.”

Emilio Botin, Chairman Santander said: “We are extremely grateful to the University of Surrey for your confidence in Santander and our shared commitment in higher education. With over 3,000 international students Surrey is a prime example of the importance of collaboration between universities of different countries. Surrey’s cutting-edge approach to internationalisation makes of this institution a partner of choice for Santander Universities”

With this renewal of the agreement Surrey continues its collaboration with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division. 55 UK universities have since 2007 signed similar agreements with the bank. Worldwide nearly 1,000 universities in America, Asia and Europe receive donations from the Bank to support different projects focused on internationalisation, mobility of students and researchers, entrepreneurship and transfer of knowledge, among other activities.

Before the signing of the agreement, the Santander delegation welcomed Professor Sir Christopher Snowden and other senior university guests to the opening of a new Santander branch, located next to the new Library and Learning Centre in the heart of the University campus.

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