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WE ARE BUILDING THE FUTURE EVERY DAY

We know that building tomorrow starts today. That's why, because of the passion that inspires us, we have been promoting education in Latin America and Spain for over 50 years.



 
 

Right from the start, we understood that education was a key tool for improving the society we live in.

In 1960, Santillana started by publishing manuals, vocational training and literacy textbooks, as well as books for children and young people. During those years, the main challenge was spreading literacy and Santillana contributed to meeting it, with the idea at all times of promoting learning and people's development.

 

Santillana building (Tres Cantos, Madrid)

We live in a society of learning and nowadays

it is the main resource for progress in a changing and fully connected environment.

Miguel Ángel Cayuela 

Santillana CEO

At the same time as its international expansion and its consolidation as an educational company, in the 1970s and 1980s Santillana began extending its activities, by incorporating general publishing, books on creative writing, informational and reference texts, and texts on philosophy/ ideas. Later, it added the publication of guides on travel and cuisine, and literature of a more commercial nature.

In the 1990s, Santillana took a decisive step towards English language learning through Richmond Publishing, and also the Portuguese language market with the acquisition in 2001 of Editora Moderna in Brazil, with significant weight in the company.

Although originally a Spanish company, Santillana's entry at an early stage into the Latin American market has made it possible for the company today to have operations and its own headquarters in almost all Spanish-speaking countries, as well as Portugal, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States.

Santillana has been part of the PRISA media group since 2000. In 2010, the DLJ fund acquired 25% of the company.

In 2016, Santillana concluded the purchase of Carvajal Soluciones Educativas, whose most well-known brand is Norma, one of the leading companies in Latin America in the development of content and technology for learning, particularly textbooks and educationally required literature for children and young people. It also includes the Greenwich, Buenas Noches, Torre Papel, Zona Libre, Kapeluz and Educa Inventia brands and collections.

SANTILLANA IN IMAGES

Explore the snapshots that are part of our history.

1960's

The entrepreneur Jesús de Polanco founded the Santillana publishing house with the vision of making it an educational benchmark in Spain and Latin America.

1960's

A new generation of boys and girls joined the education system over the decade, increasing literacy levels.

1960's

Santillana started out publishing manuals, vocational training and literacy textbooks, and books for children and young people.

1960's

Argentina was the location of Santillana's first headquarters in Latin America (1963). Its international expansion would take it to 22 countries.

1970's

In the late 1970s, it began to work on publishing its first course revision workbooks.

1970's

The Fundación Santillana was created to promote educational and cultural development in Latin America and Spain, with an extensive programme of activities.

1980's

Together with its educational work, the publishing house expanded in the 1970s and 1980s to publishing fiction and information and philosophy texts, with the Taurus and Alfaguara imprints.

1980's

The holiday workbooks Vacaciones Santillana, a classic for students from recent generations which has sold more than 10 million copies, began to be published in Spain.

1990's

Isabel de Polanco, the Managing Director at that time, at a management meeting.

1990's

Santillana has helped several generations of pupils and teachers to meet their educational needs.

1990's

In 1998, José Saramago, who is published by Alfaguara, received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2000's

Isabel de Polanco was appointed CEO of Santillana and promoted all its business lines. The Alfaguara Novel Award was created.

2000's

Editora Moderna, in Brazil, became part of Santillana, reaching one of the most important markets.

2010's

In 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2010's

The UNOi System was born, an innovative and disruptive comprehensive educational system aimed at schools as a whole.

2010's

Santillana Compartir was created, an educational programme for supporting the educational community which focuses on pupils, comprehensive assessment and digital learning environments.

2010's

In 2015, Loqueleo came into being; it is an imprint for children's and young people's literature that adapts to new ways of reading, new reading formats and new ways of living through books.

2010's

In 2016, Santillana acquired the Carvajal educational business, whose most well-known publishing imprints are Norma and Kapelusz.