University Of Bologna's Alma Graduate School Kicks Off Opening Of Applications With Successful NYC Event To Promote Specialty MBA Programs

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An Evening Targeted Young Professionals Interested in a Higher Degree Within the Food & Wine and Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods Industries

Massimo Bergami, Dean of University of Bologna’s Alma Graduate School, announced Wednesday night the official opening of applications along with scholarship information for the Food & Wine and Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods MBA programs beginning in October 2012.
The announcement took place at a special event at GD Cucine, a cutting edge kitchen design showroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

To kick off the program, which will be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year through July 2011, Dean Bergami spoke alongside influencers of the food, fashion, and design world. Speakers who joined Dean Bergami included Angelo Manresi, 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.

“We believe that our MBA can provide excellent opportunities for those students interested in a career in those industries in which Italy is a world champion,” said Dean Bergami.

The evening’s attractions included a guided tasting by Sagrantino pioneer Marco Caprai and cooking demonstration by Saveur Top 100 Chef Salvatore Denaro. Mannequins dressed in beautiful designs by Italian designer Danilo Gabrielli and luxurious Ducati motorcycles lined the entrance to showcase the world of Italian premium goods. Guests sipped on Ferrarelle, Italy’s number one sparkling mineral water.

The New York event is part of a ‘Road Show’ for the Alma Graduate School that includes stops in Shanghai, Beijing, Miami, Vienna, Sao Paulo and Warsaw. Alma is supported by public institutions and private companies in Italy that believe in the value of post-graduate education and make resources (including senior management mentoring and internships) available to the Alma students.

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 managerial know-how and practical experience. For example, in the concentration of Food & Wine, they involve some 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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