Aston University have signed a 3-year agreement with Santander to support for the university’s future students, researchers and entrepreneurs.
The agreement focuses on international mobility of both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers, support for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, international student exchange, and a contribution to assist with the “Language for all” programme.
Under the partnership, forged with Santander Universities global division, Aston University will join a group of over 1,020 universities in Asia, America and Europe that have the support of Santander.
Professor Julia King said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Santander. The international scholarships they will be providing will allow recruitment in new areas and help bring further diversity to our already multicultural/multinational campus which welcomes students from over 120 countries. We remain a University which has a reputation for producing the most employable graduates, and with Santander sponsoring 10 Aston students on placement years abroad as well as supporting our University-wide language programme, our strong reputation will undoubtedly be enhanced.”
Aston University consistently ranks amongst the top 30 universities in the UK. The University is also considered the best outside of London for graduate employability according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2012. Over 70 per cent of Aston students are involved in a placement year/pre-registration year or a year abroad.
Luis Juste, Director Santander Universities UK said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Aston to the big Santander Universities family. Thanks to this agreement students and academics will benefit from what it is the most important network of its kind in the world. Today, Aston and Latin-America are just a little bit closer and I am certain that this agreement will allow Aston to establish strong and lasting contacts with other universities that have already partnered with Santander.”
Santander has committed itself to invest £500 million in higher education in the next 5 years. In the UK alone Santander has signed agreements with 58 universities since 2007 and the bank has confirmed that this number will increase in 2012.