University of Bologna's Alma Graduate School Hosts NYC Event to Promote Specialty MBA Programs

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An evening at GD Cucine in Manhattan targets young professionals in the food & wine and design, fashion and luxury goods industries.

Rooted in 12 centuries of excellence in education and located in the gastronomic heart of Italy, the University of Bologna has formally announced that applications are open for the 2013 academic year for students interested in an MBA in Food and Wine and an MBA in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods, with scholarships, full and partial, available.

Alma Dean Massimo Bergami will announce the program and scholarships at a special April 25th event at GD Cucine. The evening’s attractions include a guided tasting by Sagrantino pioneer Marco Caprai and cooking demonstration by Saveur Top 100 Chef Salvatore Denaro. Luxurious Ducati motorcycles will line the entrance to emphasize the pull of Italian premium goods. Speakers of the night will include influencers from the world of food, fashion and design, including Massimo Bergami, the Dean at the Alma Graduate School and Director for the MBA Food and Wine program; Angelo Manaresi, Director of the MBA Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods program; Fernando Napolitano, Founder and President of the Italian Business and Investment Initiative “Why Italy Matters to the World;” Teodara Sevastakieva, International Business Director for Ferragamo Parfums; and Riccardo Viale, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York City.

The mood for the evening will be captured by a Made In Italy DJ at cutting edge kitchen design showroom GD Cucine in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.

Scholarship applications will be available on site.

The Programs

The Food and Wine MBA and Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods MBA programs are a concentration in the Master of Business Administration of Alma Graduate School, the business school of the University of Bologna. Both programs are a challenging, intensive 12-month full-time international program taught entirely in English. Students will have the chance to learn Italian during the program.

The MBA’s include managerial training, team-based projects, workshops with managers and entrepreneurs, in-company visits and an internship at a leading business. Upon completion of the Alma degree, graduates go on to lucrative careers in their respected fields.

Potential students can apply for the programs and find out more about the scholarships by going to: and

About Alma Graduate School

The University of Bologna has attracted students from around the globe since 1088. The Alma Graduate School blends this venerable academic tradition with the managerial know-how and practical experience of the most innovative and successful chefs, restaurateurs and companies operating today, including strong links to such prestigious names as Massimo Bottura, Chef of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

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