The president of Broward College in Florida, J. David Armstrong Jr, and the founder of The American College in Spain (ACS), Melissa Butler, signed an agreement last Thursday that established the Marbella-based institution as an International Transfer Center of Broward College.
The signing of the agreement, which coincided with the second Broward College World Conference in the town, now means that students who enroll at ACS will be automatically enrolled at Broward College, allowing them to transfer directly to other universities in the United States after completing two years of a degree in Marbella.
Butler stated that this “is a very important agreement” for ACS as it gives them formal recognition as one of the many partners that Broward College has established relations with internationally, many of whom attended this year’s world conference.
The founder of ACS also underlined the importance of the agreement for young foreign athletes who often come to Marbella to train, given that they will now have an opportunity to combine their training with studies for two years in Spain before applying for scholarships from American universities after transferring.
Armstrong also lauded the partnership between the two institutions that will result in students “receiving the same American education that is available in so many other countries around the world.”
Ricardo López from Marbella town hall and Elías Bendodo, the president of Turismo Costa del Sol, both praised ACS for their work, with the latter, who was unable to attend the meeting, stating in a letter that this type of education “enriches the cultural interchange that characterises the south of Europe.”
The world conference was also supported by Malaga town hall, whose mayor Francisco de la Torre welcomed representatives from the Florida-based university on their cultural visit of the city.