On Monday, February 12, more than 150 distinguished guests and journalists attended the official opening of the Simulated Trading Room (STR), the first of its kind in Southeastern Europe.
Among the attendees were government officials, prominent professionals from the world of business and finance, as well as distinguished individuals from the ACG community. Guests gathered at the Deree Student Lounge, where honorary speakers, including the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt, President David G. Horner, and Dr. Annie Triantafillou, Dean, School of Business, discussed the benefits that the STR will bring to ACG students.
President Horner addressed the opening remarks and stated “You are going to see an early step in this plan to channel resources into Greece to make a difference in the unveiling of the country’s first full-fledged academic simulated trading room” before introducing the U.S. Ambassador to the audience. “The trading room will serve as a laboratory and a classroom providing a unique experience to students that they can use when they begin searching for jobs in financial services or banking” said Ambassador Pyatt. This project was funded by USAID and supported by the National Bank of Greece.
The STR replicates a real-world trading experience providing students with unique hands-on training in Greece, a competitive edge in the domestic and international job market in challenging times. It includes some of the latest and most established software and equipment found in trading floors around the world, making financial markets easily accessible by ACG students and graduates.
Dean Triantafillou spoke about the process of bringing this educational dream to life and its impact, before inviting guests to an up-and-close look into the STR and its capabilities.
The event was covered by multiple media channels, including an ANT1 TV special.
The ceremony was coordinated and organized by the ACG Marketing and Communication Office.