It is a shared ideal in world-class education, business and art. Less common is a vision that literally links the three – across three continents.
But such a thing now connects Southern Methodist University, Santander Consumer USA of Dallas and art institutions such as SMU’s Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum in Spain.
We at Santander Consumer USA are proud to have played a role in helping SMU and Santander Bank make the connection that has resulted in a study-abroad opportunity for graduate-level SMU art history students in which the bank will provide scholarships to study in Spain or Latin America.
Santander Bank, which is based in Boston, MA, and Santander Consumer USA both are business units of global banking giant Banco Santander, which has a very strong worldwide universities program.
As a graduate of SMU, I can attest to the rewarding educational experience and the wonderful opportunities that students can participate in at the university. Study abroad programs give students the opportunity to discover themselves, while experiencing different styles of education. They also learn about new cultures and countries that broaden their perspective of the world.
The funding will support classes such as those taught by Dr. Beatriz Balanta which recently included a trip to Brazil to visit galleries, museums, art studios and artists gatherings.
Southern Methodist University is the optimal place for Santander to establish a universities program in Texas with its renowned art history program and the stunning Meadows Museum, which houses the most extensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, and its location in a city which is known for its culture of philanthropy and financial support for the arts.
Likewise, Santander has long valued the important role that art and creativity play in our collective history and culture. Indeed, the Santander global headquarters outside Madrid houses its own museum – The Santander Collection – with more than 1,000 works of art.
Given that SMU was an early leader in understanding the importance of Spanish art history, I have no doubt that the partnership between SMU and Santander is destined for success.
Such a shared vision deserves nothing less.