12 November 2009
More than 700 universities make up the Santander network
STUDENTS at Glasgow Caledonian University will have access to research and study opportunities all over the world thanks to a new £150,000 agreement backed by Abbey, part of the Santander Group.
The banking group will provide support for dozens of students, entrepreneurs and researchers after GCU joined the Santander Universities network of more than 700 universities in Spain, Portugal, Latin-America, China, Morocco, Russia, the US and the UK.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies, and Luis Juste, Director UK and Portugal, Santander Universities, the university and the other members of the network, Santander will fund:
Professor Gillies said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is delighted to join the prestigious Santander Universities network to engage with universities in South America and around the world. Our students are so keen to participate in academic and cultural exchanges which will benefit them as global graduates, and our staff look forward to building important teaching and research links with partner universities.”
Luis Juste said: “We would like to welcome Glasgow Caledonian into our Santander Universities network. Our support to the higher education sector will enable us to work together promoting knowledge transfer and international cooperation and allow students and staff from this university to continue their studies and research abroad.”
Colin McCallum, Vice President of the GCU Foundation and Glasgow Caledonian University’s Director of Development, added: “Glasgow Caledonian University and the GCU Foundation are grateful to Santander for its generous support, which will enhance our ability to reach out to the world and ensure that as many of our students as possible have the best learning experience and our staff can share their expertise even more widely with others. It is a core element of the university’s internationalisation strategy that we engage in a two-way flow of people and ideas with our partners around the globe. This new agreement opens up all kinds of opportunities and Glasgow Caledonian University wants to play a full role as an active member of the Santander Universities network.”