UC3M, Santander and Airbus give more than 200,000 euros in awards for research, excellence and entrepreneurship

Today, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) presented the 2023 Excellence Awards, which are supported by Banco Santander through Santander Universities and Airbus and which recognise the efforts, quality, innovation and contribution to excellence of the university community. During the event, which took place in the Aula Magna of the University's Getafe Campus, the 2022 Emprende Awards were also presented, which aim to promote entrepreneurial culture and which are awarded to Final Bachelor’s Degree Projects (TFG, in its Spanish acronym) and Final Master’s Degree Projects (TFM, in its Spanish acronym) with an entrepreneurial profile.

The event was attended by the UC3M Rector, Ángel Arias; the president of the University's Social Council, Francisco Marhuenda García; the Director of Santander Universities and Universia Spain, Susana García Espinel; on behalf of Airbus, Cristina García Aliste, Head of Collaboration with Universities, and the president of the Madrid Assembly, Enrique Ossorio Crespo, as well as the former UC3M Rector, Daniel Peña.

The event was attended by the rector of the UC3M, Ángel Arias; the president of the Social Council of the University, Francisco Marhuenda García; the director of Santander Universities and Universia Spain, Susana García Espinel; On behalf of Airbus, the person in charge of Collaboration with Universities, Cristina García Aliste, El acto ha contado con la presencia del rector de la UC3M, Ángel Arias; el presidente del Consejo Social de la Universidad, Francisco Marhuenda García; la directora de Santander Universidades y Universia España, Susana García Espinel; por parte de Airbus la responsable de Colaboración con Universidades, Cristina García Aliste, y el presidente de la Asamblea de Madrid, Enrique Ossorio Crespo, así como el exrector de la UC3M, Daniel Peña.

The Excellence Awards aim to promote research and value the work carried out by four University groups: young PhD research staff, students, administration and services staff and alumni, giving visibility to their projects and their academic and professional careers.

Specifically, in this fifteenth edition of the Excellence Awards, 172,000 euros will be distributed among the 69 winners. Among the winners are 10 young PhD researchers of international repute, receiving 13,000 euros each, and 22 students who have excelled due to their excellent academic record, receiving 1,000 euros. Three prizes (first prize and two runners-up prizes) totalling 20,000 euros are awarded to teams of administrative and service staff. Lastly, a diploma and recognition trophy are awarded to 10 former University students who stand out for their outstanding professional development or entrepreneurial activity in two categories: those who graduated between 2017 and 2019 and those who graduated before 2017.

Emprende Awards

During the event, the Emprende 2022 Awards were also presented in the TFM and TFG categories. The TFM Emprende Awards honour work carried out in the 2021/22 academic year by UC3M master's degree students who create business ideas that stand out due to their brilliance and viability. This award, with a 10,000 euro prize, went to Daniel García López, from the UC3M Master's Degree in Robotics and Automation, for his project on an assistance system in supermarkets for the visually impaired.

The TFG Emprende award has a 20,000 euro prize, which is used to finance entrepreneurial or training activities in this area. This year the winner was Ana Ye Zhang, from the UC3M Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree, for the design of an anti-reflux device for ostomies, called OSTOFIX.

Banco Santander, Airbus and UC3M

Banco Santander's support for the Excellence Awards, through Santander Universities, is part of the relationship that both institutions have maintained since 1999 for the development of various academic projects. Banco Santander maintains a firm commitment to progress and inclusive and sustainable growth with a pioneering and consolidated commitment to education, employability and entrepreneurship, which it has been developing for more than 26 years and which distinguishes it from other financial institutions in the world. The bank has allocated more than 2.2 billion euros and has supported more than one million students, professionals and entrepreneurial projects through agreements with more than 1,300 universities.

Airbus is part of the Business Forum, an initiative created in 2012 by the UC3M Social Council to strengthen relationships between the university and business fields. As part of this collaboration, Airbus also participates in the funding of the Excellence Awards, awarding the students with the two best records in the Aerospace Engineering Bachelor's Degree.

UC3M is a Spanish public university that excels in research, teaching and innovation. It is among the best universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023 and among the best universities for the employability of its graduates, according to the latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) Global University Employability Ranking. UC3M is the first university in Europe to obtain ACEEU dual accreditation for its contribution and impact on the industrial and social fabric, and it also has other accreditations and quality awards, such as the EUR-ACE seal in the field of engineering or the AACSB accreditation in business and finance programmes.

The UC3M Social Council fulfils, among others, the role of encouraging society's participation in university activity, especially in its financing, and fostering relations between the University and its cultural, professional, economic and social environment.