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
In the UK our first partner joined the network in 2007 and since then we have signed agreements with many universities. We provide funding for scholarships, mobility awards, research grants and much more, with the aim to support students and academic staff in their academic and research objectives. Since the division was established in the UK we have grown to become a valued partner of the academic community; providing opportunities for internationalisation and innovation.
Find out which UK universities have joined our global network of partners.
Find out about our scholarships, mobility awards, research grants and university customer support.