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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 45-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 which is now entering its 46th year of operation is proud to offer the first Online Master’s degree in Shipping available globally. The pioneering programme was designed with the assistance of experienced captains of the Maritime industry, and validated by Plymouth University, one of the most prestigious Universities of the United Kingdom.



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Partnership with Plymouth University

BCA College In Partnership With Plymouth University

BCA is delighted to announce its partnership with Plymouth University, for all its academic programmes.

Plymouth University, “which aims to become the enterprise university”, is an ambitious, world-class institution and one of the largest universities in the UK with over 30,000 students and around 3000 staff. Plymouth University is officially a world class and award winning university. In the past year the University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a British university. In the global 100 universities under 50 years of age, Plymouth University is in the top ten UK universities, and now ranks 50th in the Sunday Times league table of all universities.

With BCA’s leading reputation in Greece for teaching and learning and in partnership with Plymouth University, we are here to help you become a graduate distinguished by your academic credentials, together with a deep appreciation of sustainable enterprise. Furthermore, our new programmes aim to equip you with innovation and employability skills that will add real value to your CV.

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 a partnership with Plymouth University one of the top British Universities.

BCA in partnership with Plymouth University


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