Leadership programs in Africa and Middle East created via Yale-The Santander Group partnership

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Yale President Peter Salovey and Emilio Botín, chairman of The Santander Group, at signing ceremony. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Yale University and The Santander Group, through its Santander Universities Global Division, entered into formal agreements on June 5 creating two new programs supporting international education and leadership development, as well as renewing and expanding existing collaborations on three educational priorities at Yale.

The agreement was celebrated with a formal signing ceremony on Yale’s campus, attended by Yale President Peter Salovey and Emilio Botín, chairman of Banco Santander, as well as executives of its U.S. subsidiary, Santander Bank, Santander Universities Global Division, Yale administrators, faculty, and students.

“I am honored that Banco Santander decided to strengthen our partnership in my inaugural year as president and am deeply grateful to Chairman Botín for his outstanding confidence in Yale and its educational mission,” said Salovey. “Santander’s commitment to fostering international leadership, cooperation, and exchange is inspirational, and we look forward to growing our truly rewarding alliance with Banco Santander and its partners.”

“I am delighted to deepen our relationship with Yale University by renewing our cooperation agreement and expanding it to include two new programs,” said Botín. “Yale’s new partnerships with WISE and the Women for Africa Foundation, which we are supporting, will help shape emerging leaders through exchange, exposure, and mentoring. Our increased support for Yale College, the World Fellows Program and the Yale University Art Gallery reflect the success this cooperation has already yielded.”

New global leadership programs
With support from Banco Santander, Yale will establish new partnerships to foster international leadership, cooperation, and exchange with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and with the Women for Africa Foundation.

Working in close collaboration with the Qatar Foundation, the Yale World Fellows Program (WFP) will develop an international platform for the education and development of globally engaged young leaders for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), held each year in Madrid. The WISE Learner’s Voice Program is tailored specifically to emerging leaders, with a particular focus on issues relevant to the Middle East. The WFP’s active network of nearly 260 alumni in 84 countries will play a major role in the mentorship and training of WISE Learners over the next two years.

Promoting leadership and world citizenship is also a goal of Yale’s new partnership with the Women for Africa Foundation. Working with the foundation, Yale faculty and staff will develop a leadership program for senior-level women in African governments. Through the program, 10–15 high-ranking female officials from up to five African countries will come to Yale each year to explore governance and policy issues vital to the social, political, and economic development of Africa. With the launch of this initiative, Yale will enrich and deepen its current scholarship in Africa and connections with the continent.

Expanded projects
Santander will increase support of initiatives undertaken by Yale College, the World Fellows Program, and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG). The Yale College/Santander Fellowships program furthers Yale’s commitment to giving every student the opportunity to have at least one significant international experience before graduation, while support to the WFP fosters a robust international culture and engagement with emerging global leaders.

With past funding from Banco Santander, YUAG finished restoration and research on the painting “The Education of the Virgin (1617–1618) by artist Diego Velázquez. In the past two years, the museum has also undergone a major expansion and now welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year, including 12,000 K–12 students. Santander will support YUAG’s Gallery Guide and Gallery Teacher programs to meet this growing demand for public tours and teaching in the galleries.

Ongoing Initiatives
In 2013, Santander Universities established an additional collaboration with Yale in support of work carried out by the Center for the Study of Globalization. Yale also has ongoing partnerships with Fundacion Botín and Universia, two additional philanthropic arms of Santander Bank and the Botín family. Fundacion Botín is currently providing funding for a collaboration on emotional intelligence, creativity, and the arts. Universia is providing in-kind support for job placements, internships, translation of Open Yale Courses, and the online magazine Yale Environment 360.

About Santander
Santander in the United States is a wholly owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), with principal markets in the northeastern United States. Santander has more than 700 branches, 9,400 employees, and 2,070 ATMs. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.

About Santander Universities
Banco Santander’s commitment to higher education finds its expression in the Santander Universities Global Division, whose activities through local affiliates such as Santander Bank, N.A., form the backbone of the bank’s social action and enable it to maintain a stable alliance with the academic world. Santander maintains more than 1,100 collaboration agreements with universities worldwide. Last year, Santander, through Santander Universities, supported more than 4,500 new projects in the United States, and awarded more than 37,000 scholarships, study abroad grants, and professional internships to university students worldwide.

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