Firms will benefit as bank signs partnership deal with university

Dec 19, 2013

Scholarships, travel bursaries and internships are among the benefits that the university will receive as part of the agreement through Santander’s Universities Global Division.

The partnership will also enable the University of Buckingham to develop and strengthen collaborative links internationally as well as create new opportunities for Santander staff and students.

The agreement was signed by University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Terence Kealey (pictured), and Santander Universities UK director Luis Juste, with representatives from Santander and the university witnessing the event.

Professor Kealey said: “The University of Buckingham is delighted to join Santander Group’s network of universities, as we welcome the group’s sponsorship of study and career opportunities for students and staff.”

The agreement amounts to £25,000 per year for a three year period with an additional £7,500 to support internships in the first year.

It will focus on international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and international travel grants for students and researchers to go to universities in any of the 20 countries where Santander has higher education partners.

The funding will enable postgraduate students to study abroad thanks to scholarships of as much as £5,000 as well as offering travel bursaries for students or research staff to study or carry out research at universities which are partners of Santander Universities.

The support will also offer five internships to students or recent graduates of the University of Buckingham to work in a small or medium-sized business.

Mr Juste said: “We are delighted to welcome the University of Buckingham as a new partner of Santander Universities. This partnership will allow students to study and carry out research overseas as well as give them the chance to take a first step in the job market.

“I have no doubt that this partnership will develop into something both Buckingham and Santander will be very proud of.” 

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