We are the oldest Maritime College in Greece specializing in
Ship Management studies.

BCA is proud to introduce the Greek Institute of Maritime Education offering online degrees in select countries across the world.

We are the oldest Maritime College in Greece specializing in
Ship Management studies.

BCA is proud to introduce the Greek Institute of Maritime Education offering online degrees in select countries across the world.

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Giving people around the world the opportunity to expand their knowledge and to become the future leaders & innovators of the Maritime industry

Our programmes aim to create the visionary leaders,knowledgable Shipping executives, as well as the seamen who aim to combine their practical knowledge with the necessary theoretical background.

We combine theory with practical knowledge around the world to teach a coprehnsive curriculum that expands 6,000 years of history and our 50 years of experience as educators

An online masters,diploma & individual courses programme with alumni working at Maritime companies that are the top of the industry

We have more than 9,000 alumni employed across the world’s prominent Shipping companies

With over 1,000 active students, we have developed a balanced mix of curricula, combining both theory and practice, gained from thousands of years of expertise in the fields of Maritime training and Shipping Management.

We have more than 9,000 alumni employed across the world’s prominent Shipping companies

With over 1,000 active students, we have developed a balanced mix of curricula, combining both theory and practice, gained from thousands of years of expertise in the fields of Maritime training and Shipping Management.

History

1970

1970

Vasilis Daskalakis launches the first educational establishment in Athens offering Liberal Studies in Applied Computer science known as ESEM.

1971

1971

The Business Centre of Athens (BCA) is founded and becomes the first private institution in Greece to offer courses in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Sales, Management, Industrial Management and Shipping.

1976

1976

BCA is the first private institution in Greece to establish an alliance with renowned European educational organizations.

1978

1978

Vasilis Daskalakis initiates the European College Centre for Business Studies (ECBS) situated in Rome, thus creating the first college in Greece which operates branches in Europe.

1984

1984

The expansion abroad continues with the establishment of the Institute for Business Studies, (IBS) in Geneva.

1987

Two vocational training centers (K.E.K) are founded. The first center named BCA KEK, specializes in vocational training for the unemployed. The second named DIDASK KEK, offers education in industrial equipment engineering, and uses highly advanced training equipment from the German company FESTO.

1988

BCA participates in the ARCHIMEDE project of the European Union and in collaboration with the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and eight other European countries, conducts scientific research.

1993

DIDASK Educational System Ltd. is established with the primary focus of issuing textbooks related to the Group’s educational courses.

2000

The International School of Athens (I.S.A.) is founded. The I.S.A. is located in Kifissia, and is currently one of the largest and most reputable foreign schools in Greece.

2004

The International School of Athens is expanded to Larissa. The new school is named International School of Larissa (I.S.L.), and has an exclusive collaboration with the NATO base in Tyrnavos.

2009

The famous Melina’s Kindergarten, a chain of kindergartens, is founded in Athens.

2015

BCA establishes Athens Tech College, the first Tech College in Greece, in partnership with the University of Sheffield.

2019

BCA launches its new city campus, offering real-time Marine simulators as well as the first Hotel Simulator within its premises.

Locations

We are global, not just due to our online institution. With 4 physical location around the world we are making an impact both in a class-room and through digital mediums.
Athens, Greece
Manila, Philippines
Jarkata, Indonesia
Hamburg, Germany

Locations

We are global, not just due to our online institution. With 4 physical location around the world we are making an impact both in a class-room and through digital mediums.
Athens, Greece
Manila, Philippines
Jarkata, Indonesia
Hamburg, Germany

Professors

Our Professors are experts in the Maritime industry and active scientific researchers of the field. This ideal combination provides students with an in-depth analysis of the Shipping industry’s current issues through a multitude of case studies that enhance the learning process.

Mr. Poulovassilis joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1989 and had a distinguished 25-year career with the leading Classification Society, holding the post of Regional Marine Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2009 until 2015. For the past five years he has held leading positions for Ship Management and Operating companies, and currently is the Chief Operating Officer of a prominent Greek Shipping Company. He is a highly respected and experienced Senior Executive of the Maritime Industry and is also actively involved in numerous joint industry projects. He holds a BEng and MSc from Imperial College and University College London, respectively.

Professor Spyros Theodoropoulos holds a BA from The University of Piraeus in Shipping Economics and an LLM from Cardiff Law Scholl in Marine Legal Affairs. Since 2000, he has worked in various senior managerial and counsel positions within shipmanagement and chartering companies from Greece, Dubai and the USA. Through his long and active involvement in the Shipping industry, he acquired extensive experience in maritime legal affairs such as regulations, contract formation, dispute resolution, liabilities in tort, environmental issues etc. both from their legal perspective as well as the everyday/practical aspect. Some of the companies that Professor Theodoropoulos has worked over the years include GMS Dubai, Liquimar, Newport and Guardian Navigation.

Captain Georgios Tsouris is a Master Mariner, Lecturer in Shipping Operations and Maritime Consultant.
He is a member of the Board of Disciplinary Committee of the Greek Merchant Navy, as well as Ex Operations Manager & Deputy DPA- CSO in Shipping . He has served as a Secretary General B’ of the PAN-HELLENIC MASTERS AND MATES UNION , as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Greek Merchant Navy Retirement Fund .
Captain Tsouris has a total of 13 years sea service on board Bulk Carriers - Multi Purpose Vessels- Containers.
He serves as President of the Chios Marine Club.

Mr. Panagis Magoulas holds an MSc in Maritime Studies and International Transport from University of Wales, Cardiff College (1998), and a BSc in Business Administration from State University of New York, New Paltz College (1994) as well an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from State University of New York, Empire State College (1992).
Since 1999 he has been working as a full time Chartering broker in Doric Shipbrokers S.A. in Athens. His main core of business is dry cargo chartering of handy up to supra size ships. He is a member of The Baltic Exchange in London since 2006 and a panelist for the Baltic Handysize Index (BHSI).
He has attended in an Educational Program on Shipping Derivatives and Risk Management, from The Research Centre of Athens University of Economics and Business in 2005.

Mr Elias Pavlou was educated both in Australia and the UK. He received his first degree in mathematics by the University of Wollongong, Australia. He continued his tertiary studies in the University of NSW, Australia where he acquired a Masters in Statistics. Later on, while working in the city of London as an analyst, he completed a Masters degree in Finance at the University of London, Birkbeck college.For the past 5 years Mr Pavlou has been working at the Business College of Athens where he is teaching quantitative modules and research methods both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.He had also been employed by the Open University in England for a number of years. There, he taught courses in the area of statistics and mathematics. He gained experience in offering learning to students coming from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds. His first teaching position was at the London South Bank University where he had the opportunity to teach Research methods at post graduate level within the Faculty of Social Sciences.Prior to his teaching career he had been working for about 15 years as a Research Analyst for blue chip companies both in Australia and the City of London. His duties involved proactively supporting the investment management decision making in the areas of performance, fund appraisals and pricing. Companies in which he was employed include:

  • Morley Fund Management, UK
  • Aviva Insurance Group, UK
  • American Express Europe, UK
  • Yasuda Kasai Europe, UK
  • Royal and Sun Alliance, UK and Australia

Mr Constantinos E. Avtzigiannis has graduated from the University of Macedonia (B.Sc in Business Administration) and has completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Wales (Postgraduate Diploma in Port & Shipping Administration) and at the University of Manchester (M.Sc in International Business Management). He posses numerous professional certifications from Classification Societies (Bureau Veritas, DNV – GL, LRS, NKK), USCG and University of Portsmouth. He has worked in Operations and Quality / Safety Departments of ship management companies and from early 1994 he is an independent consultant in Safety / Quality / Environmental Protection / Security Management / Maritime Labour in shipping and land industries, working also as DPA/ CSO/MLC Manager/Quality Manager.

Holds a Degree in Public Administration from Panteion University, a Degree in Hellenic Coast Guard from the Hellenic Naval Academy, a Degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Master in Business Studies from the University of Kent and a Master Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Athens (AUEB). Has served for more than 10 years as Officer of the Hellenic Coast Guard and has an experience of 12 years in the Crew Department of major Greek Shipping Companies.

Dr. Yannis Voudouris holds a PhD degree in Law from the University of London (2013). He did his LL.M. at the University of Kent (1999) and received his LL.B. degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1997).
During his doctoral studies in London he researched in the field of liner and tramp shipping industry. He is currently researching in the areas of Maritime Law and Civil Mediation, at post-doc level.
His international and professional experience is diverse: He is a qualified attorney, member of the Athens Bar and commercial director in one of the most prestigious shipbroker firms in the world. Since 2000, Dr. Voudouris has taught Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, International Trade Law, Contract Law, European Law and Law and Political Economy, in various universities around the world (UK, Greece, Cyprus, India, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans). He joined the Shipping Department of BCA in 2013 teaching Maritime Law and International Trade Law to postgraduate students. In addition Dr. Voudouris has written various articles that await publication in the area of Competition Law, Trade Law and Commercial Mediation.

George Kapetanis was born 4.5.1956 in Athens, Greece.
He attended the German School of Athens and 1976 began studying at the Technical University of Hannover, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. In 1983 he got his diploma in Marine and Mechanical Engineering from the above University with a specialization in Marine Diesel Engines. He has further pursued post graduate studies in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA&ME
He has worked for almost 40 years in different areas of Marine Engineering including shipyards, shipping companies but also academic institutions. He is currently continuing his research activities for the National Technical University of Athens Department of Maritime Transport, being involved in research activities mainly in the field of Marine Emissions, Environmental and Safety.

Victoria D. Liouta is an Attorney, Mediator and Trainer of Mediators, International Commercial Arbitrator and Fellow of CIArb, Negotiator, Facilitator and has Master’s Degree in Maritime Law. She has worked in shipping field as maritime lawyer for the last 28 years with focus on Marine Insurance, Claims handling and Shipping Law, Negotiations and Arbitration and presently runs a company in marine insurance and claims sector. She has consulted and prepared clients in commercial, business, insurance and shipping mediations and arbitrations worldwide.

Advisory Board

BCA’s Advisory Board comprises some of the most talented professionals and leaders of the Greek Shipping industry. Their invaluable insight allows
BCA to be at the forefront of knowledge, producing content and knowledge in par with the needs of the Global Maritime industry.