Extroversion and the constant updating of knowledge, of the content of the curriculum through research, close cooperation with prestigious universities abroad, but also companies of the sector, is the secret of success of the Department of Shipping and Business Services of the University of the Aegean, according to its outgoing President, Mr. Seraphim Kapros.
On the occasion of the new distance learning English-language postgraduate Master of Business Administration in Shipping, which was officially presented at Eugenideio in July, he spoke on Nikos Bardounias' show on Channel 1 in Piraeus about the recipe that resulted in 75% of graduates finding work in a very short time.
As the professor explained, this is partly due to the fact that shipping is an internationalized industry and has been less affected than introverted industries.
The Greek shipping community, as it was seen at the Eugenideio event, has embraced the new postgraduate program, as well as the department's efforts so far, Mr. Kapros noted.
Members of an advisory committee with which the university cooperates for the program, are big names in shipping, such as Mr. George Pateras, President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Mr. Dimitris Fafalios, President of intercargo, Mr. Leonidas Dimitriades-Eugenides , President of the Eugenides Foundation, Mr. Michalis Sakellis, President of the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies and the retired Vice- Admiral Mr. Alexandros Diakopoulos.
The department has been operating since 1998, based in Chios, home of shipowners who control more than half of the Greek-owned fleet, which currently represents 23% of the world fleet in tonnage, as Mr. Kapros explained.
Since 1998 there is also available the Greek-language postgraduate course "Shipping, Transport and International Trade".
With the assistance of 180 companies, every summer students can do summer internships in companies, building bridges with the shipping community.
The deadline for applications for the new master's degree expires on September 6 and costs 5,000 euros for one year.