September 12, 2013

Banco Santander Gifts $2.5 Million to UCLA Anderson to Support Executive Education Programs for Women

W50 and W30 programs prepare women for leadership roles in higher education administration and board positions

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2013) - As part of an ongoing collaboration, Banco Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, has donated $2.5 million to UCLA Anderson School of Management to help fund the university's W50 and W30 executive education programs for global women leaders for the next five years. 

Banco Santander, in partnership with UCLA Anderson, created the W50 Program: Preparing Our Women Board Members of Tomorrow and the W30 Program: Developing Women Leaders in University Faculty and Administration. The summer programs are part of the Santander Universities network with more than 1,040 universities worldwide, including 26 universities from North America.  

"Banco Santander has been an outstanding partner, developing the next generations of women business leaders around the globe. The program is key to Anderson's strategic priorities and we are grateful to Banco Santander to be able to advance the leadership preparation of women for business and entrepreneurial roles around the world," said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian, who also teaches in both programs.  

The W50 Program, launched in 2011, helps train and equip women from around the world to serve as board directors in their respective countries.  

The W30 Program, launched in 2013, is designed to prepare women in university faculty and administration for leadership positions of increasing responsibility in higher education.

"The collaboration with UCLA Anderson is an example of the importance of having a training of excellence," said José Antonio Villasante, general director of Banco Santander and director of Santander Universities Global Division. "We are developing two unique and exceptional initiatives with UCLA Anderson - the W50 and W30 programmes. I am proud of collaborating with one of the most prestigious universities in the world."

Furthermore, says Villasante, "the work of Santander Universities forms part of the bank's DNA and is one of our identity signs, one that makes us different from the rest of the world banks. We work with over 1,040 institutions, of which 26 are American. I think this reflects our global nature."

Banco Santander's donation will also provide important support for UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management, which initiates a variety of global education and conference programs within UCLA Anderson.  

The next W50 and W30 programs are scheduled for June 2014 at UCLA Anderson. For more information, visit  

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at, or on Facebook at  

About Santander Universities

Banco Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, supports academic institutions with which it has agreements to develop programmes to aid study, teaching projects, research, and activities to promote the use of new technologies on campus, or to promote the relationship between University and Business, among other actions. The commitment of Banco Santander to the university world materialises in over 4,000 university projects world-wide, or in the allocation of over 31,700 yearly grants and aid to promote study, research, university mobility, and the access of students to the labour market. Through Santander Universities, Banco Santander also helps towards the development of other projects born of its collaboration with different educational institutions. The following deserve a special mention given their global scope: RedEmprendia, Universia and the Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. More information:  

About Santander

Santander Holdings USA, Inc. is a member of the Santander Group and the parent company of Sovereign Bank, N.A. Santander Group is a network of diversified global retail and commercial banks, with a presence in 10 main markets including the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain and Portugal.   Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.342 trillion in managed funds, 102 million customers, 14,680 branches - more than any other international bank - and 186,785 employees at the close of June 2013. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. It also has significant positions in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the northeast United States. In the first half of 2013, Santander registered EUR 2,255 million in attributable profit, an increase of 29% from the same period of the previous year.   For more information about Santander, visit

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