JULY 11, 2014
A Boston College program that aims to build global expertise in social welfare has been renewed for three years, following an agreement with Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, NA.
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, formally extended the BC-Santander agreement at a July 8 signing ceremony attended by BC and Santander representatives. Under the agreement, Santander will continue its support for the University's international doctoral program in social welfare, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work.
"Our perspectives are enlarged [through the program], and we acquire a greater awareness of the world around us," said Fr. Leahy at the ceremony.
Established in 2011, the social welfare program enables BC to form partnerships and exchanges with Jesuit, Catholic universities in Latin America, Spain and elsewhere in the world to advance and professionalize the field of social welfare. The program offers research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills to address the unique issues faced by students' respective countries or communities.
Participants in the PhD program split time between the partner university and BC, taking formal courses and producing scholarly material. In the final phase of the program, participants complete a final dissertation that deals with a social problem in his or her home country. More from the Boston College Chronicle »