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BCA College

Founded in 1971, BCA is the largest College in Greece specialising in Maritime Studies, Hotel Management and Entrepreneurship. Over the course of its 50-year long history, BCA was the first Maritime College to offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Shipping Management in Greece, and is currently one of the most prominent Maritime Studies institutions in Europe.

With over 1000 students and more than 9,000 alumni employed across the world’s prominent Shipping companies, BCA has developed a balanced mix of curricula, combining both theory and practice, gaining from thousands of years of expertise in the fields of Maritime training and Shipping Management. Its programmes of study aim to create the visionary leaders, the knowledgeable Shipping executives as well as the seamen who aim to combine their practical knowledge with the necessary theoretical background.

BCA College, now entering its 50th year of operation, is proud to introduce the Greek Institute of Maritime Education, utilising its significant knowledge in Shipping Management to produce online degrees and professional education to the world. With pioneering work in Maritime educational content, e-books and HD films, we aim to export the Greek management expertise to the world.




Our History

  • 1970

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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.

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.

Mr. John Platsidakis
Honorary President Intercargo, Managing Director Maran Dry Management Inc.
Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
Former President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce
Mr. John Platsidakis
Honorary President Intercargo, Managing Director Maran Dry Management Inc.
Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
Former President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce

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Awards recognised by
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Education Awards 2016

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