The Only MBA Dedicated to Italian Food & Wine Knowledge Presented at the Baldassare Agnelli Showroom to Crowd of Eligible Students and Industry Professionals

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University of Bologna’s Business School: History, Culture, Taste, Quality and Education - That’s Made in Italy

The Alma Graduate School - the business school of the University of Bologna - hosted a special event on Thursday, April 10th at Baldassare Agnelli Showroom (126 Fifth Avenue, 10th floor) to highlight a unique MBA program. The 12-month English language MBA program offers a concentration in Food & Wine. This specialized MBA is focused on the exclusive knowledge of the most successful Italian enterprises in the gastronomy and enology sector, such as: Arnaldo Caprai Winery, Antinori Winery, Bastianich Winery, Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano, Eataly, among others.

Panelists on the evening included:

  •     Ludovica Leone, MBA Food and Wine Director, Alma Graduate School
  •     Fernando Napolitano, Founder and President, Italian Business and Investment Initiative
  •     Michele Pontecorvo, Head of Corporate Communication and CSR, Ferrarelle Group
  •     Bianca Pelli, Baldassare Agnelli

After the presentation, Chef Fausto Ferraresi of acclaimed NYC restaurant The Leopard at des Artistes hosted a cooking demo, featuring traditional Bolognese cuisine.

The Alma MBA Program at the University of Bologna, the first university in the western world, has a strong bond with its territory - the renowned “Food Valley” - where one can find the richness of the Italian gastronomic and enological cultures. The program includes a 500-hour internship that will entail a project work designed to analyze real company problems, develop strategies, and elaborate action plans together with upper level managers. The Career Development Department will help participants pursue their career goals and will support them in the job seeking process.

Thanks to an agreement between Alma and leading Italian mineral water company, Ferrarelle, two scholarships of €15,000 each will be offered. One of them will be assigned to a qualified American student. Alma Graduate School also offers full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA (20 full scholarships awarded in 2013). Scholarships range from 10,000 euro to 27,000 euro. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit).

About the University of Bologna’s Alma Graduate School Program

The University of Bologna was established in 1088 at the strategic crossroads of Europe where science, technology and entrepreneurship met values, culture and lifestyle.

The Alma Graduate School, located in a XVI century Villa in the heart of Italy, is the business school of the University of Bologna. Interdisciplinary study, industry integration and internationalization are key pillars to the school’s philosophy. Alma Graduate School has been attracting students from more than 60 different countries.

Potential students can apply for the program and find out more about the scholarships by going to the following

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