Santander Cooperation Agreement
The university's long-term framework agreement with Banco Santander supports 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.
The Centre for Ibero-American Studies, the South Asia Institute, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, the Centre for East Asian Studies and the International Relations Division of Heidelberg University will all be involved in the activities.
Santander supports the university's initiatives through its División Global Santander Universidades, which operates in Germany under the name of Santander Universitäten..
Centre for Ibero-American Studies
The Centre for Ibero-American Studies (IAZ) has been funded since March 2011 via the existing framework agreement between Heidelberg University and the bank through the División Global Santander Universidades. 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.
Santander Summer Schools
The international summer and winter schools for doctoral students in innovative fields of research are aimed at building and expanding excellence networks, particularly for young researchers, with renowned universities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The TOP Programme promotes cooperation and mobility between universities in Europe and Latin America, and the ELITE Programme also draws on universities in South and East Asia. The summer and winter schools will take place alternately at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile, the Heidelberg Center South Asia in New Delhi as well as Japanese partner universities, if applicable. Coordination is being handled by the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University.