07 Jul BANCO SANTANDER SUPPORTS UNIVERSITIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
- 63 universities around the world committed to the global mobilization of university for poverty alleviation, closed down the International Congress of Rectors “Universities for Poverty Alleviation (UPA)” organized by Helsinki Spain.
- Ana Nieto, president of the NGO Helsinki España, has appealed to the university community to promote a university leadership capable, responsible, and decisive for the end of poverty.
- Rebeca Grynspan, Iberoamerican Secretary General, emphasized that talent is the current basis of development and that the university is the key to strengthen the socio-economic progress of the region.
- Ana Botin, chairman of Banco Santander, has stated that without innovation, science and research, there is no hope to the great problems that humanity is facing.
Madrid, July, 7th 2015. The International Congress of Rectors “Universities for Poverty Alleviation (UPA)” was closed today with the unanimous agreement of the 63 participants to work and redouble their efforts in getting universities that work for the relief of poverty done from the campus more visible and more tangible results.
Furthermore, they have compromised to publish biannual Action Plans of each university for poverty alleviation in www.universitiespa.org online platform and work together, driving mobilization of universities to alleviate this problem of global dimensions.
The closing ceremony of the International Congress of Rectors “Universities for Poverty Alleviation (UPA)” organized by Helsinki España, was held in the Financial City in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) with the support of Banco Santander through Santander Universities, and was attended by 300 guests from all social, business and institutional areas.
After presenting the conclusions of the Congress, Ana Nieto, President of Helsinki España, has urged to “energize the decisive action of universities in solving poverty, promoting capable, responsible and decisive university leadership. To achieve that every person who is in college or have gone through it, knows the total reality of the world in which we live and act responsibly for the welfare accessible to all”.
The Ibero-American General Secretariat, Rebeca Grynspan, also present at the closing ceremony, stressed “Talent is the current basis for development and the university is the key to strengthening the socio-economic progress of recent years. From the SEGIB we have bet strongly promote academic and labor mobility in Latin America as a key element to combat inequality – the great challenge of our region”.
The president of Banco Santander, Ana Botin, said that “at Banco Santander have focused our commitment to society in the university world with the conviction that without innovation, science and research, there is no hope for the great problems affecting humanity, such as poverty”.
In 2014, the bank allocated 146 million euros to universities and about 30,000 scholarships were awarded. Botin stressed that “within this commitment, it should be noted our support for dozens of university cooperation projects, catering to countries, communities and individuals damaged by hunger, disease, poverty and violence of war”.