From the hands of a leading world bank
This area of excellence has its support in the UC Foundation for Study and Research in the Financial Sector (UCEIF Foundation), a result of the collaboration between the University of Cantabria and Santander Bank, a leading world bank. The educational programmes of the UCEIF Foundation have reached internationalization through a Master’s Degree in Banking, which is taught in Santander, and with another three countries in collaboration with universities in Mexico, Morocco and Brazil.
The Project in this area of excellence will be consolidated with the Centre for Education and Research in Banking and Finance (Santander Financial Institute) together with the Santander Bank and will have prestigious international researchers.
Cantabria International Campus is also promoting entrepreneurial research and education, the development of PYMES (Small-medium companies) and family-run businesses, through collaboration between the Mare Nostrum International Campus of Excellence, formed by the Universities of Murcia and the Polytechnical College in Cartagena, the Governments of Cantabria, Murcia and Spain, Chambers of Commerce and CEOE-CEPYME, Santander Bank, Cajamurcia Foundation and other organizations. To this effect, the UC has promoted setting up the FAEDPYME Foundation and the Ibero-American Research Network within it.
Besides, a Doctorate degree in Business and Management of Entrepreneurial Activity has also been set up, an international programme to train researchers in entrepreneurship, together with the TEC in Monterrey.
Current situation of the Area of Banking, Finance and Entrepreneurial Activities
Together with the signing of the agreement with Santander Bank to create Santander Financial Institute (SanFi), the area will mark a landmark in the near future in the generation, dissemination and knowledge transfer in the financial sector.
The AGL Programme in this area has allowed the researcher Francisco Peñaranda to be incorporated; he will be integrated within the centre and will collaborate in defining its work-lines. In parallel, the creation of Santander International Entrepreneur Centre (CISE) is predicted, an international university institute of reference for research, transfer and learning in entrepreneurship. Both centres will be run through the UC Foundation for Study and Research in the Financial Sector (UCEIF), a joint UC-Santander Bank foundation.
In the field of teaching, initiatives such as the Doctorate in Entrepreneurship with TEC in Monterrey and the Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Markets will be strengthened, and during the 2013-2014 academic year it has scheduled the incorporation of new teaching lines. In the next academic year, a Master's Degree in Banking is planned; it will be taught in English for international students, and a Master's Degree in Corporate Finance is also planned.
Entrepreneurship has been an important protagonist in the activity of this area and that of the UC in a transversal way, with initiatives such as the Ist international Encounter of Experts in Entrepreneurship, attended by representatives of Babson College, the TEC in Monterrey or the University of Oxford, giving rise to the draft for a Proposal for Entrepreneurship in Cantabria delivered to the Regional Executive in February 2012.
Finally, consolidation of the Foundation for Strategic Analysis and Development in SMEs (FAEDPYME), formed by the universities of Cantabria, Murcia and Cartagena Polytechnic has been achieved, and it is working to establish an International Research Network about SMEs.