North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has signed an agree­ment with The San­tander Group to join a col­lab­o­ra­tion of inter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties that will fur­ther expand expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties for North­eastern students.

The part­ner­ship, thanks to a gen­erous dona­tion from Banco San­tander, will extend Northeastern’s Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness (BSIB) pro­gram to Brazil.

The unique BSIB pro­gram, estab­lished in 1994, offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to both study and work over­seas in the lan­guage of the host country, building upon Northeastern’s long-​​established strengths as one of the orig­i­na­tors of coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion. By training stu­dents to become future global man­agers, the pro­gram develops highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sionals who bring a more com­pet­i­tive edge in world mar­kets to U.S. corporations.

On a local level, it strengthens inter­na­tional edu­ca­tion, attracts tal­ented stu­dents and encour­ages inter-​​collegiate col­lab­o­ra­tion at Northeastern.

The inno­v­a­tive BSIB pro­gram — cur­rently oper­ating in eight coun­tries — aims to broaden stu­dents’ cross-​​cultural aware­ness, increase their knowl­edge of a for­eign lan­guage, and bol­ster their under­standing of inter­na­tional busi­ness practices.

North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and San­tander Chairman Emilio Botin signed the agree­ment April 29 at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Egan Research Center. Aoun said this is the begin­ning of a strong part­ner­ship, one that builds upon Northeastern’s coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion model and ded­i­ca­tion to expe­ri­en­tial learning across the world.

From our per­spec­tive, it fits extremely well with what we are trying to do,” Aoun said.
“We believe it is not pos­sible and it is not enough to have an edu­ca­tion that is con­fined to a phys­ical perimeter,” Aoun con­tinued. “In fact, we believe the world is too inter­esting to ignore.”

The San­tander Group, head­quar­tered in Spain, is one of the world’s largest banking groups. Through its Uni­ver­si­ties pro­gram, San­tander has forged long-​​term part­ner­ships through col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ments in aca­d­emic, tech­no­log­ical and finan­cial fields with 725 uni­ver­si­ties across the world.

In addi­tion to North­eastern, the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology and Tufts Uni­ver­sity have signed sim­ilar part­ner­ship agreements.