Students to benefit from UEA-Santander partnership

A new partnership agreement between the University of East Anglia and Santander Universities UK will support international scholarships and student mobility, as well as an employability programme designed to enhance student entrepreneurship.

The agreement, through which Santander will donate £50,000 a year for three years from 2012/13, was signed on 8 October by the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton and Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK.

With an already well-established international agenda the University of East Anglia will benefit from extensive contacts within Latin-American universities, an area where Santander Universities has been present for over 10 years, in particular in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

Students and academics from the University will be able to further their studies in these and other countries and the University will be able to source their international students from that part of the world, an area with which historically British universities have had little contact. 

Professor Acton said: ‘We encourage all our students to participate in our extensive range of student mobility and entrepreneurship programmes. We also provide a broad range of scholarships. Santander's support of our activities in these areas is important to the University and I look forward to our partnership.' 

Luis Juste commented: "With an outstanding record in innovation and research, the University of East Anglia has been a reference in these fields for many years. This was just one of the reasons why we wanted UEA to be part of Santander Universities along with their international spirit and excellence in teaching. At a time when the UK economy needs more than ever before individuals brimming with creativity and inventiveness to leave the recession behind, it is institutions like UEA that will make a difference to society ensuring that the new generations are prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead in the globalised economy".

Santander Universities UK representatives attending the signing included: Simon Bray, Operations Director; John Hedges, Institutional Relationship Director; Matt Hutnell, Performance Director; and Richard Owen, Divisional Managing Director.

University representatives included: Professor Nigel Norris, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Dr Richard Harvey, Dean UEA London and Director of Admissions; Graeme Byrne, Director of Development; Professor Duncan Craig, Director of Internationalisation; and Derek Bowden, CEO of the Students' Union.