The institution has dedicated more than 5.5 million euros to this program, which has already benefited more than 10,000 Spanish university students, with particular attention to those students who need it most.
Earlier in the day, the president of Banco Santander and Universia, Ana Botín, chaired a virtual meeting of the board of directors of Universia Spain, with the directors and rectors of Spanish universities.
“We are at a decisive moment for the future of our society and this forces us to take decisions; that the crisis serves us all – Spain, Europe, Universities and companies – as a catalyst for sustainable growth in Europe. digital era”, Botin said.
During the board meeting, the president announced that the next international meeting of Universia rectors will be held in Valencia in 2023.
Madrid, January 12, 2022
Ana Botin, Chairman of Banco Santander and Universia, chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of Universia Spain this morning. The directors and rectors of Spanish universities discussed in depth the concerns and needs of the university community and proposed projects to promote and improve higher education. The President was virtually accompanied by the Secretary General of Universities, Jose Manuel Pingarron, and the president of Crue Universidades Españolas (the Conference of University Rectors), Jose Carlos Gomez Villamandos, among others.
The meeting took stock of the main milestones achieved in 2021 and the fundamental challenges we face today, including the precarious labor market situation, especially for younger workers.
For Ms. Botín, in the current scenario, universities have an important role to play in three main areas: adapting the supply of talent to the demands of companies; the promotion of a technological culture in universities; and the promotion of research and its transfer to the business sector, which is the key to generating ideas that can materialize in future projects that create wealth and jobs.
“Universities, together with institutions and the business sector, must lead the research and technological revolution that Spain and Europe need. And this leadership and collaboration with business must aim to develop the talents that allow them to be competitive. “We are at a decisive moment for the future of our society and this forces us to take decisions; that the crisis serves us all – Spain, Europe, Universities and companies – as a catalyst for sustainable growth in Europe. digital era”, she stated.
Ana Botín reiterated the benefits of greater coordination between institutions, universities and companies, as well as Santander’s commitment to higher education, to which it has allocated more than 2,000 million euros over the 25 years, helping more than 630,000 students, professionals, entrepreneurs and SMEs.
She also took the opportunity to announce that the next International Meeting of Rectors of Universia will be held in Valencia next year, following the one held in Salamanca in 2018 with the participation of 600 rectors from 26 countries, representing 10 million students from all over the world. For three days, the city will become the world capital of higher education, discussing the main challenges facing universities.