Last week, the UCEIF Foundation celebrated the closing ceremony of the XX edition of the International Master in Banking and Financial Markets, set up as a joint initiative of Bank of Santander and the University of Cantabria.
Santander Financial Institute (SANFI), a leading international centre for dissemination of knowledge on banking and financial sector, has educated banking experts since 1996 consolidating its position as one of the most prestigious postgraduate degrees in Spain. This year, 36 students received scholarships and certificates making a total of 722 students over the last 10 years.
The event took place at the Paraninfo of the University of Cantabria in Santander. It was chaired by the UC Rector, Ángel Pazos, accompanied by Juan José Sota Verdión, Councilor for Economics of the Government of Cantabria, Francisco Javier Martínez García, General Director of the UCEIF Foundation, David Gutiérrez Cobos, General Director, Deputy Director General of the Bank of Santander, Javier León Serrano, Vice-rector of Research of the University of Cantabria, Carlos Hazas Guerra, Deputy Sub-director General and Territorial Director of the Bank of Santander in Cantabria and Myriam García Olalla, Director of the Master and Coordinator of the SANFI Global Bank Project.
Besides expressing thanks to the Bank of Santander for its solid support for the main knowledge areas of the University of Cantabria (training, research, internationalization, transfer of knowledge), the UC Rector stressed the ‘privileged partnership’ that University of Cantabria has with the Bank of Santander in reference to the existing collaboration agreement which two years ago signed both institutions. According to Ángel Pazos, the International Master in Banking and Financial Markets constitutes a successful example of cooperation at the international level between university, civil society and the business world.
“We must adequately teach you so that you will be able to play a leading role for the society”. Referring to the economic context, Pazos claimed that “Outside Europe, there is no solution, and the only possible solution is to improve what we have inside”.
David Gutiérrez Cobos gave the concluding conference, entitled: “La Universidad: prioridad estratégica y compromiso social de Grupo Santander”. He reminded the audience of the beginnings of Santander Universities in 1997 when it started the partnership with the University of Cantabria. It represents a unique world-wide collaboration model through a worldwide network of 1.225 universities. David Gutiérrez stated “I am sure that all the 180.000 Santander group’s employees are proud of what we do with Santander Universities and other social and volunteer programs. This pride of belonging to the company allows us to engage more actively providing the highest level of achievement in our goals as well as facilitating our mission to contribute positively for society progress”.
The Councillor Sota thanked the Bank of Santander for “its support to the University of Cantabria and the region”. “Although all closing events mean an end-of-cycle, this represents the beginning of a new stage”, encouraging graduated a successful entry into their careers and lots of luck for the future.
The event also was attended by Marta Domingo, General Director of Universities of the Cantabria Government, Samuel Ruiz, Government Delegate and Ana González Pescador, Santander Council for Economy as well as friends and relatives.
Before the provision of scholarships and certificates for students, Myriam García Olalla, Academic Director of the Master, intervened presenting the Annual Report of the 2015-2016 academic year stressing the paid traineeship period. She also referred to the award of merit scholarships to 5 students for internships in UK.
Lastly, two students of the XX Master Promotion, Miguel Martín Pérez de Vargas and Alejandra González Soroa had the opportunity to say a few words before the ceremony ended.