Instituto Hispania was incepted to remove language barriers, promote a global understanding and bridge gaps between continents. The Founder and Director, Laura Benito, noticed back in 1997 that India strongly needed a space where local citizens could expand their horizon through Spanish language, as well as Spanish speaking people would come together to contribute and give something back to this country by promoting interculturality. In those terms, Instituto Hispania’s methodology revolves around personal and professional growth for all, academic and intellectual advancement, promoting intercultural understanding and respect. Present in 5 Cities, 8 Locations, with 25 Classrooms and a team of around 130 people located all over India, we are always prepared and willing to assist our students in pursuing their personal and professional goals in Spanish. To that end, more than 50,000 of our students have become proficient Spanish speakers in the past 20 years and are now working in companies across the globe. Our teachers, managers and counselors are very passionate about Spanish language and this organisation's mission and vision, hence, Instituto Hispania values every single member's contribution, building itself from the ground up.
Ms. Laura Benito Herraiz, Founder and Director General, born in Spain, after working and interacting with many diplomatic missions in India, detected the urge and need for Spanish language and cultural diffusion, giving Indian citizens a larger scope of work in the long-term, as well as connecting them to the growing community of Spanish speaking non-residents that visit India. This visionary and creative understanding of the idea of growth in a world where change has accelerated to higher levels, has driven her to the creation of Instituto Hispania. With over 20 years of experience in running the institute, she has been a key player in the extensive growth of Spanish in India.
Mr. Augustine K. Mathew, President and founding member, has contributed greatly in bringing cultural ethos, philosophy and practical requirements affecting the creation of policies, suitable for the students of the Indian subcontinent. His gentle approach in life has impacted positively throughout the years while training and empowering the academic personnel, as well as conducting language courses to advance-level students.
Born and brought up in India, Mr. Augustine gives Instituto Hispania a real outlook of Indians reality and their needs in terms of the academic and professional world. His vast understanding about the need for Spanish speakers in the country arises from 25 years of expertise in the field of tourism. The urge to learn Spanish was influenced by the rich Spanish literature that, from childhood, he was familiar with. He holds a post-graduation in Spanish Philology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has over 12 years of experience in the teaching field.
Everyone at Instituto Hispania, irrespective of their designation and duties, is willing and prepared to provide guidance and solutions to all people's vocational needs and enquiries. Commitment and responsibility are the key values found in all members of our teams across India, who are always working on the improvement and development of the organisation.