Heidelberg University and Banco Santander, though its Global Division Santander Universidades, are planning to intensify and expand their cooperation. To this end, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, and Emilio Botín, Chairman of Banco Santander, signed an agreement on the “TOP Programme Europe – Latin America” and the “ELITE Programme Latin America – Europe – Asia”. It is based on the long-term framework agreement concluded two years ago with Santander.
Santander Universities operates in Germany under the name of Santander Universitäten. With this step, the partner institutions want to support the geographical mobility of young scientists and scholars, develop top-class networks of strong research partners in Latin America, Asia and Europe, investigate innovative research topics on an international level and make the results of that research available to society.
Heidelberg University develops and coordinates European cooperation projects with leading universities in Latin America, especially Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico
Via its Centrer for Ibero-American Studies (IAZ), Heidelberg University develops and coordinates European cooperation projects with leading universities in Latin America, especially Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. In the long term, the partner institutions hope to build a bridge of scientific collaboration between Europe and Latin America, for the benefit of junior researchers in particular. On another level, the partners in Europe and Latin America will work together to create networks of excellence with leading universities in South and East Asia, especially India, China and Japan. The IAZ, the South Asia Institute, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, the Centre for East Asian Studies and the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University will all be involved in the coordination and development of this project. The research partners on the three continents will be selected by mutual agreement with Santander Universitäten.
Within the framework of the “TOP Programme Europe – Latin America” and “ELITE Programme Latin America – Europe – Asia” summer and winter schools dealing with innovative research questions and aimed at doctoral candidates and junior researchers are funded by the bank through Santander Universitäten. They are to be organised in cooperation with the Heidelberg Center South Asia in New Delhi, the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile and the International Academic Forum Heidelberg as well as Japanese partner universities, if applicable.
The Center for Ibero-American Studies was funded in March 2011 via the existing framework agreement between Heidelberg University and the bank, through its Santander Universidades Global Division. The IAZ initiates and maintains scientific exchange with the countries of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. One of the centre’s major concerns is to establish networks for young scientists, especially in the humanities, and to support them with the required infrastructure. For this purpose, the IAZ – supported by Santander Universitäten – offers scholarships in linguistics, translation and interpreting, and literature that allow doctoral students to spend several months doing research at an international partner university. Research stays of international junior researchers at Heidelberg University are funded as well.