MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods

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Driving creativity

The Global MBA in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods aims to strike a balance between creativity and business in the management of luxury companies, by providing managers and entrepreneurs with the know-how gained from Italian excellence.

In-depth analysis of fashion and design business models in different industries enables students to combine product knowledge with luxury management-specific managerial approaches, providing vision and an operational capacity for international expansion.

Thanks to a close relationship with Italian companies that act as international symbols of high quality, the program focuses on the practical aspects of fashion and luxury management.

This course has the potential to make a great impact on the professional and personal futures of young managers. Via trajectory analysis, students will examine the characteristics of market segments with the greatest international value, focusing in on the steps necessary to achieve their ambitions.

The Global MBA in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods is a 12-month, full-time program. Over the course of the first term, classes will focus on general management and during the second term, students will study specialized subjects. International faculty-lead classes are accompanied by a number of managerial guest speakers, alongside participation in a business laboratory and analysis of real-life cases. This is followed by 500-hours dedicated to an internship at a leading company in the field of design, fashion and luxury goods, or an entrepreneurial work project. Classes made up of students from a wide range of geographical origins, cultures and global perspectives help to enrich this experience with additional stimulation and opportunities for open discussion.

The tradition of luxury requires new skills to deal with international growth; get in touch for more information.

 

Accreditation

The Global Master in Business Administration (EPAS accredited since 2015) just received a new accreditation for 5 more years.

The EPAS accreditation is awarded only to programs who respect the highest international standards in term of teaching, integration with companies and services to students. It is issued by EFMD, the most important international organization in  quality certification of business management education.

 

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Angelo Manaresi

Angelo Manaresi

Director of Studies
angelo.manaresi@unibo.it

" At the heart of luxury there is artisanship, creativity, people, passion, cultural heritage, understated elegance, all this is “Made in Italy”. We undertake projects with companies to help develop your future career and teach you about the link between the self-awareness of Renaissance tradition and the capabilities needed to compete at the global level in contemporary markets "

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 31 y.o.

    AVERAGE AGE

  • 87%

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • 8

    COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

  • 100%

    FEMALE STUDENTS

  • 6 years

    AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE

Alumni

Yu Tang – China

Communication Manager, YAK Agency
Global MBA - Design, Fashion & Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"While I enjoyed strolling around Bologna with my colleagues, within BBS, life is more exciting. Here we met with prominent professors, top executives and outstanding politicians. The education I received here has deepened my understanding of cultural differences and business trends"

Beatriz Chavez – Mexico

Marketing and Social Media, Motion Global Limited
Global MBA - Design, Fashion & Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2016/2017)

"It was a challenging year with big changes in my life. Being a BBS student is all about the different experiences that you have the opportunity to acquire: visit different companies, listen to important public authorities, engage with international professors and get access to the best business network in Italy."

Cheung Kit Ying – Hong Kong

Corporate Communication Specialist, Ferretti Group
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2015/2016)

"With the continuous contribution of the professors and administrative team, direct support from the University of Bologna, and a close connection with global market leaders, BBS provides active support to students in terms of concrete academic knowledge, worldwide network with business insiders and career prospects."

Theodoros Mallas – Cyprus

Social Media, Content and Digital PR, 7 For All Mankind
Global MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2013/2014)

"BBS has offered more than what was promised. Besides the high academic level, BBS offered a direct interaction with industry leading professionals providing insights and tools that help not only to survive but thrive and excel at your new positions post-courses."

Liu Chang – China

Marketing Development Manager, Pisa Orologeria
Global MBA - Design, Fashion & Luxury Goods (A.Y 2012-2013)

"The Global MBA changed my life for the better. It was an amazing luxury to experience a new place and culture during my studies. I got a chance to refocus myself and realized how little I understood about the world. The free access to a large business network opened the door and let my career opportunities thrive."

Katelyn Venezia – USA

Travel Retail Manager, Burberry
MBA - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods (A.Y. 2010/2011)

"Learning from current leaders in the Fashion Industry both exhilarating and inspiring. I was not disappointed, and will remember the time spent and knowledge gained from these extremely intelligent individuals throughout my career. Currently, I am employed at Burberry as a Travel Retail Manager. I strongly encourage you to consider the Global MBA program at BBS."

AMBASSADORS

The Global MBA Ambassadors are passionate and enthusiastic alumni who dedicate their time to help spread and grow the BBS brand all over the world. They are also available to get in touch with all those who are interested in undertaking a life changing year at our business school in Bologna. Contact them and hear about their first-hand experience in the BBS Global MBA program


Valeria Rojas – Venezuela

Maintenance Coordinator, Philip Morris International - Manufacturing Industry
Italy, Bologna
A.Y. 2016/2017 - Innovation Management/Mechanics & Automation
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Hue Huynh – Vietnam

Product Manager, GT LINE - Plastic and Rubber Sector
Italy, Bologna
A.Y. 2015/2016 - China Far East and EU Business Relations
CONTACT

Priscila Hernandez – Mexico

Account Manager, The Armin Bar - Consulting
Italy, Milan
A.Y. 2016/2017 - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods
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Armin ZadakBar – Iran

Founder & CEO, The Armin Bar - Consulting
Italy, Milan
A.Y. 2011/2012 - Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods
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Lan Liu – China

Business Development, Vinitaly - Food & Wine
Italy, Verona
A.Y. 2015/2016 - Food and Wine
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Juan Pablo Figueroa – Chile

Sales Manager, Johnson&Johnson - Pharma
Chile, Santiago de Chile
A.Y. 2016/2017 - Innovation Management/Mechanics & Automation
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Andrew De Villiers – South Africa

Business Sustainability and Innovation Consultant, HERA - Utilities
Italy, Bologna
A.Y. 2016/2017 - Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses
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Melissa Amato – USA

Event Manager, San Francisco Travel Association - Luxury & Fashion
USA, San Francisco
A.Y. 2014/2015 - Food and Wine
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Structure

The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program including 518 hours of class activities, 1300 hours of individual and group work and a 500 hour internship.

The academic portion is divided into three terms. During the first term students will study the fundamentals of general management, while the second and third term will concentrate on the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).

I Term: September 2019 – December 2019

  • “Ice-breaking” Week
  • General Management Courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, International Finance, Marketing Management, Cross-cultural Management, Organizational Analysis: Leading People and Organizations.

II Term – III Term: January 2020 – May 2020

  • Track Specific Courses: Gemology and Watches, Industrial Design and Branding, Production and Logistics, Luxury Goods: Boats, Cars and Motorbikes, Perfumes and Eyewear, Business Development Laboratory, Business Planning, Management Consulting.

The three terms are followed by an internship period of 500 working hours. The internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. The internship serves as an opportunity for students to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the three academic terms. The internship will allow students to obtain hands-on experience by working on management strategies, analyzing business operations, and creating solutions to real problems. Students are encouraged to make the most of the internship opportunity and to learn from the professionals they will be working with.

At the end of the internship students will be required to submit a ‘Final Report’, which they will present to the Director of Studies showcasing their activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the program.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.

COURSES

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the Italian design world. Particular attention will be paid to its origins, main characteristics, and inclinations. The course will elaborate on various themes that are typical of different areas of design implementation. The course will be divided into three parts: Italian Design Identity, Testimonies, and Examples & Methods.



Participants in the program will actively work on business development concepts during a project that does not merely entail the practical application of theoretical issues but a “learning by doing” project, during which they will discuss, analyze and work with a hands-on approach. Participants in the project will be led by a manager in order to develop a real-life challenging long term project of business redefinition, launch and development, where not only the analysis is important but also planning for the implementation stage.



This course provides an introduction to business planning concepts and the tools necessary to set up new businesses. Corporate entrepreneurship as well as various start-up cases will be developed.



The course provides a framework for understanding and analyzing investment and financial decisions of corporations. Lectures and readings provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, corporate cost of capital, initial and seasoned equity offerings and an introduction to corporate risk management. Most of the topics presented during the course will also be analyzed and studied using a case study approach.



This course provides the core of corporate strategy through the identification of a superior competitive position, the analysis of a strategic situation and the creation of a proper organizational context to ensure the chosen strategy is the most effective one. Through the analysis of real-world cases, participants develop analytical skills that help them to acquire practical experience in dealing with strategic issues. The course aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles and practices of strategic management. It will develop a dynamic approach to competitive analysis and business strategy that is well suited to today's turbulent competitive environment.



The course deals with the topics considered most relevant in the context of Digital Culture. Below is an introduction to the main topics covered in the course:
1. Data processing: meaning and limitations (from Kurt Godel and Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond)
2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la carte).
3. Codification: Meaning and Perspectives.
4. Internet: Lo and Behold.
5. History of Calculus.
6. The rise of Artificial Intelligence: Of Men and Machines.
7. Digitalization of the text + Analysis of the Literature + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art: Digital Humanities?
8. Big Brother in action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber security and Data.
9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Responsibility in Data Processing.
10. New Web Economy.



This course explores the different types of operations, marketing and finance used in perfumes and eyewear industries. Special attention will be given to vertical integration, branding and licensing policies and to channel management and channel development activity.



This course introduces the main concepts of financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting covers accounting notions, principles, and the structure of the three main financial statements. It also includes profitability and financial performance analysis. Managerial accounting includes basic cost concepts, cost behavior patterns, and the use of managerial accounting data for decision-making, management control systems and performance measurement systems. Particular focus is placed on intangible and intellectual capital measurement and reporting, on non-financial performance measurement systems and strategic cost management.



The course aims to discuss the main principles of identifying and evaluating gemstones. Furthermore, industry experts will share the main issues in the jewelry market with the participants, by following the development from artisan culture to industrial serial production. In the second part of the course we discuss watch-making, considering that watches are mechanisms that measure the passage of time and displays the current time: movements may be entirely mechanical, entirely electronic (potentially with no moving parts), or a blend of the two. Also, we analyze the trends in watch-making and in the watch industry.

This cycle of seminars constitutes a unique occasion for the MBA students to meet and interact with key leaders of the global economic, social and political scene. These series of lectures, especially designed for the MBA class, reflects the main goal of the Program, which is to link theories and practice.



This course examines macroeconomics in open economies that are linked by trade, capital flows, and monetary policies. The goal is to provide a framework for understanding current events affecting the world economy. The participants acquire the analytical tools needed to examine the financial performance of economies, balance of payments problems and policy, the causes and consequences of exchange rate movements and the implications of macroeconomic relationships between countries.



This course will focus on: logistics in commercial relations (especially in intercontinental operations), customer service levels, and distribution costs.



The course focuses on the organization of a company, identifying its characteristics and exploring the strategic design for working in and managing such an organization. The topics covered are focused on specific elements of organizational design linking them to the overarching organizational design system. This course will provide the analytical tools needed to handle the complexity of organizational design in the face of an increasingly globalized and fast-changing business environment. This course also addresses human resource issues from a strategic perspective and will concentrate on the development of concepts and strategies that may increase your effectiveness in developing policies and practices, enhancing the value of the people taking part in your organization.



The objective of this course is to analyze the main trends in innovation and production of luxury vehicles by discussing with industry experts and visiting production and research sites. Vehicles are usually classified broadly by what is used to apply steering and drive forces against the ground of the water: wheeled, tracked, railed, skied; in fact we apply a different segmentation, according to customer experience and needs, thus we analyze the characteristics of luxury vehicles as a blend of technical content and hedonic experiences.



The objective of this seminar is to provide a general understanding of what general management consulting is and the skills it requires. Students will be exposed to the main consulting frameworks and methods;  consulting project activities and situations using business cases; and meet practicing consulting professionals from a variety of firms. As an integral part of the course they will also learn the basic tool required to organize and develop a business plan.



The course focuses on the main concepts of marketing management, analyzing both strategic marketing and mixed marketing activities. Specific topics covered are consumer behavior, the buying process, segmentation, product positioning, relationship marketing, branding at national and global levels, mixed marketing activities and investments such as pricing, advertising, and channel management. Participants will be able to plan a marketing strategy for an existing or new product and take it to the mixed marketing stage.



The main purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to the key analytical tools necessary to effectively pursue the core courses. The course provides a survey of fundamental tools for analyzing financial and managerial problems including time value of money, elements of financial analysis, discounting, data analysis and basics of statistics and econometrics. 



Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid foundation of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will enable our students to confidently enter the work environment of the industry, ready to manage a variety of scenarios.

The teaching staff will help you develop your understanding of these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying.

The courses are structured to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.

The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the MBA at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview
  • The labor market in Italy
  • Career Retreat
  • Mock interviews with international Head Hunter

 

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Mock interviews
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

Finally, all students can use Job Teaser, a career platform allowing them to be constantly updated on events and job postings in our national and international partners companies, and much more.

COMPANIES

The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy and Europe, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals

Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

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FEES

The tuition fees for the Global MBA Program are 27,000 euros (VAT free) to be paid in three installments (the first installment is due upon enrollment).

The fees include participation in the Master, all the study material which will be made available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School, such as: a personal account for the BBS Wi-Fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym and special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.

Free parking on the BBS campus is also available to students.

In addition, University of Bologna Student Card grants access to all of the university facilities including more than 100 libraries (also consist of online subscriptions and databases), the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. Further information regarding these facilities can be found on the University of Bologna website: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities.

HONOR LOAN

Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan.

Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • Without early closing fees

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only.

The Global MBA offers scholarships of:

  • 27,000 euro (full scholarship)
  • 15,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 10,000 euro (partial scholarship)

 

AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

BBS and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant the Africa Scholarship Program for the Academic. This Program aims to facilitate the participation of young bright talents from Africa wishing to pursue an MBA and contribute to the social and economic development of their Continent.

REQUIREMENTS

In order to apply it is necessary to have:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must have been obtained at least two years before the enrollment deadline)
  • 2+ years of qualified work experience
  • English language proficiency (no certificates required)

APPLICATION PROCESS

This Master is open to all applicants with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at least two years before the enrollment deadline of each round. There are two rounds of admissions, the first round will be open for applications until March, 2018. The second round will close in June, 2018 The two rounds are open to candidates of all nationalities.

 

Four easy steps to begin with:

  • Download the application form and instructions at the bottom of this page
  • Complete the online registration by paying the 60 euro fee at https://studenti.unibo.it
  • Send a digital copy of the application packet to: globalmba@bbs.unibo.it
  • Once you have all the documents you need, you should also send a complete hard copy of your application packet to the Global MBA Office at Bologna Business School

 

Documents that must be sent:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma and transcript for your qualifying degree*
  • Passport photocopy
  • Motivational letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • GMAT or GRE results (optional)
  • Signed copies of your eligibility summary sheet and a receipt of the 60 euro application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)
  • Conditional Enrollment Form

 

*NOTE: Students possessing a degree obtained outside the EU must submit legal recognition of their qualifications for the purposes of enrolling in the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained (Declaration of Value or Statement of Equal Value). Candidates with degrees obtained within the European Union may request a European Diploma Supplement directly from their Universities. The Declaration of Value does not necessarily have to be submitted before the application deadline. You can safely submit it later on should there be a lack of time. The Conditional enrollment form mentioned in the list above can se submitted in the mean time.

 

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of the candidates’ individual interview and qualifications (e.g. curriculum vitae, GMAT/GRE, reference letters, etc.). The admission board, consisting of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admission team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.

In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the applicants’ position in the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admission process. Students who achieve positions of merit in the final list of admitted candidates may benefit from full or partial scholarships. All students are eligible to apply for a special long-term and low-interest honor loan.

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FAQs

You can contact the admissions team either by email: globalmba@bbs.unibo.it or by telephone at (0039) 0512090122. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you and clarify any doubts you may have.
Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Application is done in two parts. The first part is to register on the University of Bologna Online Registration Portal and the second is to send us (via email and post) your application packet:

The documents are:

- MBA Application form (signed)
- Enrollment summary sheet (Studenti Online registration - signed)
- Copy of the payment of the 60 euro fee
- Curriculum vitae (in English)
- Letter of motivation (in English)
- Copy of ID card or passport
- One Passport photograph
- Copy of the degree certificate giving the final score, exams and grades*
- Two letters of reference in English (optional)
- GMAT (or GRE) scores (optional)

*For candidates with foreign degrees:
- Degrees from the EU: You'll have to request a European Diploma Supplement from your university.
- Degrees from outside the EU: You'll have to request legal recognition of your degree (Declaration of Value / Dichiarazione di Valore) in order to be admitted to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained. This is not required prior to admission, but it is required in order for you to fully enroll.

If you want help with the online registration then contact us and we will be pleased to send you a detailed set of instructions.

Yes, even if you don't have a GMAT or a GRE you are still eligible to apply. You will have to take part in the selection process run by the School and alternative evaluation methods will be provided. For further info concerning the process you can contact the admissions team.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail: help.studentionline@unibo.it, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm

Faculty

Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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Barbara Biondi
Barbara BiondiGlobal MBA Education Manager

Phone: +39 051 2090178

Email: globalmba@bbs.unibo.it

Armin Zadakbar
Armin ZadakbarCareer Advisor

Phone: +39 051 2090178

Email: armin.zadakbar@bbs.unibo.it

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