The American University of Malta (AUM) today signed an agreement with Arkansas State University (A-State) for the collaborative delivery of dual degree academic programs, including Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Finance as well as Business Administration. This agreement confirms the commitment of AUM to strengthening Malta’s position as an international hub for excellence in education, following its official inauguration as the largest ever private investment in Malta’s education sector.

President Lewis Walker of AUM welcomed Dr. Kelly Damphousse, the Chancellor of Arkansas State University, and other high-ranking officials to Malta and AUM for a signing ceremony at the AUM Bormla campus. Attending the signing were the Minister for Education and Employment, Mr. Evarist Bartolo, AUM President Lewis Walker, AUM Vice-President Dr. Khaled Zayyat, Provost Dr. John Ryder, and Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.

With the completion of coursework at AUM and A-State, students will receive degrees from both institutions. This collaboration will enrich and extend the academic opportunities for students enrolled at both AUM and A-State. The granting of dual degrees is gaining global acceptance as institutions of higher education recognise the many benefits and opportunities such programs afford for international students. By sharing resources, innovative ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, the students of both institutions will gain the broader international perspective necessary for success in today’s global marketplace.

Such partnerships assist AUM as it strives to deliver on its mission to create opportunities that establish Malta as an educational centre in the 21st century. In welcoming the delegation from A-State, Dr. Walker said, “We at AUM welcome distinguished partners such as Arkansas State University to work with us. Through such collaborative efforts, we strengthen our commitment to provide current and future students with an education that changes lives and prepares them for the future.”