Santander Universities works to encourage the international exchange of students and lecturers, to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and best practices within the university community. Below are examples of how we encourage internationalisation and provide opportunities for staff and students to collaborate with universities across the globe.
In 2016 Santander launched a £400,000 fund to support widening participation. This fund specifically looks to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds undertake an international experience whilst at university. During this trip the students are required to either take part in an educational course, conduct research or complete a work experience placement. The £400,000 will support a minimum of 800 people.
Each year Santander Universities UK collaborates with Santander Universities US to send a small number of students from the UK to Babson College in Boston. In 2017 three students, from Northumbria University, Middlesex University and Wolverhampton University, were given the opportunity to participate in the programme to attend Babson College in Boston for two weeks. Whilst there students were able to experience the United States university lifestyle, attend lectures and also socialise with other students. The programme was focused on entrepreneurial thought and action and each class was based on a different aspect of entrepreneurship. This is an annual programme with the aim of strengthening relationships between UK universities and Babson College, Boston.
As well as providing opportunities for UK students to visit partner universities across the world, each year the Santander Universities Global division arranges for students from the University of Valencia to visit London. While here, the students visited some of the top Spanish companies with offices in London, including a visit to the Santander London Head Office. In 2017 the students' visit to Santander included presentations from members of the Santander Universities and Santander Corporate Team about working in a large corporate environment and the importance of taking on international work experience.
The IV Universia International Vice-Chancellors Meeting in Salamanca took place on 21st and 22nd May 2018, with the aim of analysing the future of universities and their ability to respond to the demands of today's society.
During the event Santander Group Chairman, Ana Botín, emphasized the efforts of Santander and Universia to attain the set goals and promote an open higher education, which fosters tolerance and social inclusión.
More than 700 Vice-Chancellors and academics from 26 countries attended the conference in Salamanca, representing 10 million students worldwide. The conference culminated in Salamanca Declaration: the commitment by the authorities in attendance for universities to progress, through specific initiatives, in line with the needs of twenty-first century society.
The 5th Universia International Meeting of Vice-Chancellors will be held in 2022.