The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance
Professor Costas Th Grammenos, CBE established The International Centre for Shipping Trade and Finance at London's Cass Business School, in 1983. Sir Geoffrey Howe, UK Foreign Secretary, launched The Centre's opening at The Baltic Exchange, hosted by Sir Graham Day in front of more than 400 guests. In April 2007, to provide a lasting legacy for the lifetime achievements of its founder, the Centre was renamed The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance.
The Centre pioneers postgraduates in Shipping, Energy, Trade and Finance, offering the first specialist MSc degrees in these disciplines. Through its unique blend of theory and practice, the Centre has gained international recognition among industry leaders, government figures, senior academics and its graduates and students.
The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping Trade and Finance is a global hub and the first to introduce inter-relationships between shipping, trade, and finance by teaching, researching and discussion in class with leading international academics and practitioners from the City of London and overseas. The Centre also provides a forum for international dialogue through its Conferences, Seminars and Debates (where, in addition to leading international figures, student and graduates also contribute).
The Centre also introduced the three inter-linked circles of 'Shipping Trade and Finance,' and with it, a new approach to international business - 'the global approach' - where decisions are based on both theory and practice.
"Under his inspired leadership, it has progressed to be known as the world's foremost postgraduate and research centre for marine commerce and economics for over a quarter of a century with a clearly defined raison d'etre: to teach, research, and provide an international forum for dialogue"
Professor David Rhind, CBE, FRS, FBA, the then Vice-Chancellor, City, University of London
"The Centre is a world-class institution with a world-class reputation. For Cass Business School it is a jewel in the crown. For London, Europe and the wider world, it is an asset of immense value."
Sir David Howard, Bt, former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, City, University of London and former Lord Mayor of London
"London is not only the world's leading international finance centre, but also the maritime capital of the world. In no small measure, the activities of the Centre have contributed to this pre-eminence."
Sir Gavin Arthur, MA, DCL, former Lord Mayor and Chancellor of City, University of London