Since its foundation the Escola defined a symbol of quality to distinguish those people and institutions that help carry out the courses. The “ARETE EXCELLENCE” certificate took its name from the Arete training of ancient Greeks’ Paideia. Arete included: physical training, for which the Greeks developed the gymnasion; mental training, which included oratory, rhetoric, and basic sciences; and spiritual training, which included music and what is called virtue.

In its tenth anniversary the Escola gave form to the original idea and put it into practice by creating the Arete Excellentiam and Arete Aurum distinctions.

The sculpture

It is an original work by sculptor José Luis Pascual exclusively carved for the Arete awards of the Escola. The materials the artist used were iron for the sculpture and wood for the pedestal. The surface finishing of the iron is obtained with an oxydating treatment induced through acid.

The iron slab is laser cut following the artist’s drawing. Once the slab has been cut, the sculpture is carved by hand to give shape to each element. Some call this technique “ferroflexia” (iron-bending in Catalan). The work represents in its upper part the sun rising from the sea, formed by stars that symbolise the countries of the Escola’s alumni/participants. In the centre appears Isis, the goddess of wisdom, who lights our way forward. The sea breeze caresses her face, symbolising beauty, and strokes her hair, symbolising strength and determination. On her side the Mediterranean, the cradle of the revolution of knowledge, which is the driving force of change towards new sustainable logistics, where the stars reflect over the waves.

Arete Aurum recipients

The Escola awards the Arete Aurum to people who for their attitude and acts gave a decisive impulse to the creation and growth of our institution.

Below is a list of Arete Aurum recipients:

  • Aldo Grimaldi – Solofra, July 1922 – Genova, December 2018. Conferred posthumously (May 2019)
  • Sixte Cambra I Sanchez (2018)
  • Joaquim Coello Brufau (2016)
  • José Anselmo Laranjeira (2016)

Certified Classrooms

The following locations have been given the Arete designation to certify them as classrooms for the Escola’s course – workshops:

  • Cruise Roma – Grimaldi Lines vessel
  • Cruise Barcelona – Grimaldi Lines vessel
  • Excelsior – GNV Grandi Navi Veloci vessel
  • Fantastic – GNV Grandi Navi Veloci vessel
  • Tanit – Cotunav vessel
  • Aula dels Estels – Drassanes terminal classroom
  • Aula Europa – BEST terminal classroom

Arete Excellentiam recipients

The Escola delivers Arete Excellence awards to institutions and training centres, and to their representatives and collaborators who contributed with their work and dedication to the development of the Escola’s courses.

Below is a list of Arete Excellence recipients:

Shortsea Promotion Centres
Agência Shortsea – Portugal2016
Asociación Española de Promoción TMCD – Spain2016
Bureau de Promotion du Shortsea Shipping – France2016
Promotie Shortsea Shipping Vlaanderen – Belgium2016
Rete Autostrade Mediterranee – Italy2016
Training Centres
Instituto Marítimo Español – Máster en Negocio y Derecho Marítimo2016
Confederación Española de Transporte de Mercancías – Master en Dirección y Gestión Estratégica de Empresas de Transportes 2016
Secondary Schools
Institut Lluïsa Cura – CFGS Comerç Internacional / CFGS Transport i Logística2016
Institut Ribera Baixa II – CFGS Transport i Logística / CFGS Comerç Internacional 2016
Universidad Anáhuac México Sur – Maestría en Logística y Negocios Internacionales2016
Universidad ESAN Perú – Maestría en Supply Chain Management2016
Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne – Licence Professionnelle Management de la Chaîne Logistique2016
University College Ghent – HoGent – Logistiek Mangement en Bedrijfsmanagement Opleidingen2016
Universidad de Oviedo – Máster en Transporte y Gestión Logística 2016
Universitat de Barcelona – Máster en Logística y Comercio Internacional2016
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Master Executive en Lean Supply Chain Management. Dirección de Operaciones y Logística 2016
ILI – Universitat Abat Oliba CEU – Master en Logística y Comercio Internacional2016
La Salle – Universitat Ramon Llull – Máster en Supply Chain Management2016
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Master en Derecho y Negocio Marítimo y Gestión Portuaria (Shipping Business) 2016