Published 12/11/11

2011 Champion for Philanthropy Sovereign Santander Universities, Outstanding Friend

Bryant University proudly joins 22 colleges and universities in the United States, including Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, in participating with Sovereign|Santander Universities, with its distinguished history of supporting higher education and expanding knowledge and experience throughout the world.

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Sovereign|Santander Universities believes higher education is key to success in today’s knowledge-based society and that future leaders must be international, possessing an understanding of – and receptivity to – different cultures.

Sovereign Bank is part of Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest retail and commercial banks headquartered in Spain, with 92 million customers, approximately 14,000 branches – more than any other international bank – and over 170,000 employees. Since its founding in 1996, Santander Universities, a major initiative whose activities form the keystone of the bank’s social action, has agreements with more than 950 universities in 15 countries around the world. The organization’s mission is to support higher education as a means to contribute to the development and prosperity of society. While many of the world’s largest universities are included in those alliances, the organization also seeks out mid-sized schools with unique programs.

At Bryant University, where one of the most recent cooperation agreements was signed, Sovereign|Santander Universities found such a program in the Sophomore International Experience. This distinctive initiative immerses Bryant sophomores in a semester-long, intensive course that culminates in two weeks of study and travel abroad. With a generous donation spanning three years, Sovereign|Santander Universities has bolstered Bryant’s effort to introduce students to the often transformative experience of studying and traveling abroad earlier in their college careers than most traditional programs.

In Sovereign|Santander Universities, Bryant has found an ally that shares the conviction that in a global economy, international experiences provide today’s university graduates with an unmatched competitive advantage. Since its inception in 2006, Bryant’s Sophomore International Experience has helped nearly 1,000 second-year students to travel abroad, gaining a better understanding of their place and purpose in the global community.

Furthermore, impressed by the mission of the Women’s Summit® at Bryant University – to inspire and empower women and men so that they can advance professionally, develop personally, and provide leadership in their communities, the nation, and the world, Sovereign/Santander Universities is also generously supporting the conference as a Gold Sponsor for its 15th anniversary event in 2012.

Bryant University proudly joins 22 colleges and universities in the United States, including Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, in participating with Sovereign|Santander Universities, with its distinguished history of supporting higher education and expanding knowledge and experience throughout the world.

Bryant University is privileged to call Sovereign|Santander Universities a Friend of the University and honored to proclaim this outstanding organization a Champion for Philanthropy.