Through its program of studies, the department aims to develop and prepare future firm and industry leaders in the fields of financial economics, and shipping. The main target of the department is to offer high quality education that responds to international standards and to constitute an international center of academic and research excellence. The department fulfills its mission by developing multidimensional research activities and collaborations. The attraction of highly qualified students together with the highly competitive curriculum which combines scientific knowledge and practical application contribute and ensure the achievement of the main vision of the department. The department is comprised of highly qualified and internationally recognized academic and teaching staff members who collectively contribute to the quality of the education provided using modern teaching methods. The academic staff of the department is actively involved in international research projects while maintaining close relationships and collaborations with national academic institutions and universities abroad, as well. Moreover, the department aims to develop strong ties with the business world and various governmental services both at local and regional level. The interactions with the business community provides the department with valuable information as far as the quality of the future graduates and further important job opportunities for the students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real working environment.