Art, beauty, high-quality cuisine. These are the first thoughts the world has about Italy. The variety, typicality, and uniqueness of products, from the Alps to the South, make Italy the undisputed queen of the food and wine business.
The Global MBA in Food and Wine trains managers and businessmen to guide the growth and internationalization of companies operating in the food and beverage industry. This international MBA is dedicated to those who wish to give a significant boost to their career or to undertake a business project in this sector.
Only BBS, a school located on the territory, able to have direct contact with companies, entrepreneurs, managers, and opinion leaders in the food and wine business, is able to offer a high level of managerial skills, the capability to manage the fragmented supply chains on the territory, the analysis tools to enhance the excellence of the agro-industrial business, and the necessary strategy to preserve the high quality of the products with a prospect of international expansion.
The Global MBA in Food and Wine is a 12-month, full-time program. In the first term, classes will focus on general management, and during the second term, students will study specialized subjects.
Classes from an international faculty are complemented by lectures from entrepreneurs, managers, Michelin-starred chefs, and company visits. This is followed by a 500-hour internship in leading food and drink companies or working on entrepreneurial projects. The structure of the classes is heterogeneous: the geographical origin, the mix of cultures, and the global perspective enrich this experience with additional motivation and opportunities for exchange.
Contact us for information on the application procedure, on the scholarships available, on the details of the courses: we will answer your questions and fix an online or face-to-face meeting to introduce you to our beautiful headquarters at Villa Guastavillani.
There is no Made in Italy more rooted, real, and concrete than the food and wine business. There is no better opportunity to jump, both as a professional and an entrepreneur, into the world’s delicious market.
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The Global MBA has received EFMD program accreditation for 5 years.
Bologna Business School is EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System accredited, one of the most important international quality assessment and continuous improvement systems for Schools of Management and Business Administration.
" At Bologna Business School we give you a taste of the Italian food and wine experience, focusing on some of the numerous examples of excellence that are present in the country. You can meet business people, managers, and chefs who brought food and wine ‘made in Italy’ to the attention of the world. You will learn from their experiences and be given the keys to make a success out of your career. The MBA Food and Wine is designed to give you the knowledge and the skills to take the lead in the evolution of the food and wine industry. "
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
Federica Virno – Italy
International Marketing, Montenegro
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2019/2020)
"Thanks to the Global MBA in Food and Wine, I was given access to a strong network of extremely qualified people, from all across the world. I now work in the industry that I love and I can leverage on the International network BBS empowered me to create. "
Temitope Akintola – Nigeria
Area Manager - Africa and Europe, Zonin1821
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2016/2017)
"My MBA journey at BBS started with a lot of fun, uncertainties and expectations. It’s a year now and the fun has been replaced with network, uncertainties with direction and expectations with a clear reality. The education obtained has been instrumental in my chosen profession as a Food and Wine consultant with Africa as my target market."
Ethan Murphy – USA
Trade Marketing Manager, Carpigiani Group
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2015/2016)
"During the Global MBA in Food and Wine we learned from professors and food & beverage professionals that challenged our thinking and approach to food marketing, wine business strategies, and modern fine dining. Furthermore, one of my most prized takeaways was the opportunity to collaborate, work with and learn from other students coming from a wide array of backgrounds and cultures. Learning how to work in this multicultural context has become indispensable in today’s food & beverage sector. "
Deanna D’Alfonso – USA
Marketing Manager, Terlato Wines
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2013/2014)
"The constant global immersion as you interact with students from all over the world, facing challenges together while acquiring new skills and approaches to business is unprecedented. This maximizes your networking potential and peer learning opportunities throughout the year and beyond."
Francesco Maioli – Italy
Business Development Director SEA and Oceania, illycaffè
Global MBA - Food and Wine (A.Y. 2011/2012)
"I chose to undertake my MBA journey while already having a successful career in the F&B industry. It was surely an incredible experience that allowed me to move further in the International F&B business world, enlarge my network and multicultural connections and get ready for new challenging tasks. "
THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND HOSPITALITY IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
This series of “Leadership Talks” aims to help Global MBA 21-22’ students to develop specific knowledge and relevant insight on the future challenges that global organizations will need to face in the post-pandemic scenario.
With the help of top managers and opinion leaders in their field, GMBA students will be able to learn what are the trends, competencies, and strategies that might help companies in the supercar, food and wine, fashion, energy industries to thrive managing the simultaneous demand for a more sustainable and equal future.
THE ROLE OF E-COMMERCE AFTER THE PANDEMIC IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
Steve Raye | Author “Get-US Market-Ready”, Lecturer at Cornell, US
THE CHALLENGES OF MARKETING WINE TO NEW GENERATIONS
Juliana Colangelo | VP West Coast, Junior Partner at Colangelo & Partners
LEADING THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION CHALLENGE IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
Sarah Bettman | Advisory Board Member Women of the Vine & Spirits, former Director D&I Constellations Brands
THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION AFTER THE PANDEMIC
Paolo Palomba | Partner, IPLC Europe, The Retailer Brand Specialist
THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABILITY IN THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Michele Pontecorvo | VP Ferrarelle Spa, Regional President FAI
WHY CREATIVITY NEEDS TIME
Massimo Bottura | 3-star Michelin chef, Osteria Francescana
The Global MBA is a 12-month full-time program including 504 hours of class activities, 1260 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 focus on management skills and on the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).
I Term: October 2022 – January 2023
II Term – III Term: January 2023 – June 2023
A central part of the Global MBA Food & Wine experience are the numerous occasions to get in touch with the industry through company and fairs visits as well as leaders talks. Here are some examples:
Fairs and events:
ALTAGAMMA CENTO MANI DI QUESTA TERRA CIBUS FESTA A VICO PITTI TASTE SIGEP VINITALY WINE2WINE
ANTICA CORTE PALLAVICINA AZIENDA AGRICOLA CARETTI CANTINE ANTINORI CANTINE ARNALDO CAPRAI FICO VIGNETO SAN VITO FELSINEO FABBRI 1905 ANTARES VISION BIONDI SANTI
In addition to company visits and events, every year students participate in lectures and meetings with producers, manager, entrepreneurs and executive chefs.
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.
The course, whose nature is predominantly applicative, aims to develop a practical orientation towards entrepreneurship, providing the strategic and operational tools for the creation of new ventures and their subsequent development.
Lectures and readings provide an introduction to the topics to be covered in a business plan:
This course explores conceptual frameworks, theories and fundamental skills required for identifying people’s thought, reasoning, communication and behavior in an international business setting.
Students will have the opportunity to apply Communication, Negotiation and Lateral Leadership models to different multicultural contexts through case studies, video tutorials and simulations.
This will enable students to critically evaluate the organizational structure of complex international organizations and to develop the skills to effectively manage intercultural and distant teams and understand international issues
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.Bajo Emanuele
The objective of this course is to provide BBS students a comprehensive introduction to strategy in today’s networked economy.
The course will cover three major topics:
This course aims at enabling students to evaluate the likely impact of future IT innovations on their firm and industry. This requires a correct understanding of the key drivers of technology’s impact on the business ecosystem.
During the meeting will tackle the key IT domain that have the potential to transform firms’ actions and industries. We will touch topics such as: open source design, chatbot, bigdata, simulation, augmented reality, digital twins and robotics.
During this course, participants will be expected to engage in both the technical and the managerial dimensions of digital challenges.
This course aims at:
On completion of the course, students should:
Doing business across borders is more complicated, dangerous and prone to near-instant change than any time since World War II and business leaders need help understanding how to adapt. The course will examine the economic and political forces that brought us to where we are today and look at the trends shaping the decade to come. The course will appraise the implications of these changes balanced between businesses, citizens, and public officials and help students understand how to work on our 196 country chessboard. The course will be enhanced by guest engagements with some of the globe’s leading analysts working at the intersection of markets and geopolitics.Ross Alec
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 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 goal of this course is to set the basis and prepare the audience for this class to be effective leaders in a business landscape that involves data and analytics in different areas of management. The course will introduce a broad range of mathematical and statistical methods that are used to solve data problems. Participants will gain hands-on practice gathering and analyzing data sets and cases in dedicated lab sessions. The course is organized in three sub-sessions to set the bases of analytics into different key business areas: accounting, finance, and statistics for marketing. In the end, the student will have gain greater analytical and statistical skills for data analysis in the areas of cost management, financial analysis, and marketing analytics, and will be ready to face advance courses in each discipline. cs.
Participants in the program will actively work on business development concepts during a project that does not just 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 challenging real-life, long-term project of business redefinition, launch and development, where not only the analysis is important but also planning for the implementation stage.Leone Ludovica
On the basis of a general knowledge of the EU institutional framework and of the relationship between EU and national law, the course (1) deals with the basis of the market- and risk regulation in the food and wine sector, (2) deepens some of the most business-sensitive and innovation-related issues of such area of law and (3) discusses with students some most relevant case law.Borghi
The objective of this course is to bring to the MBA students the necessary information and sensitivity to know, taste and understand wine and food products that have something special to deliver to customers. Wine and food product characteristics and identity are very much linked to the areas of production, that are discussed and partly visited. Managers of companies in the industry share with MBA participants their professional experience and the knowledge of the sector.Parasecoli Fabio
This course focuses on how innovation and tradition can be combined to create narratives that enhance the customer experience and the business strategy. Major stages and trends of this development are examined, and many examples are drawn from all around the world, providing an in-depth understanding of the contemporary and the future of the food and wine sector.
Cathy Huyghe and Matteo VignoliHuyghe Cathy
This course examines successful people management policies, from hiring the right managers to retaining best employees. The choice among major organization alternatives will be followed by insight of experienced restaurant managers in order to learn ways to define the compensation scale, communicate performance expectations and measure employee performance.Abramovich Danny
The course focuses on the analysis of agri-food systems, highlighting the role of the different agri-food stakeholders and how their economic relationships are congruent and consequent to the complex of production, transformation and consumption technologies. At the end of the course, the student knows the structure, the internal relationships, the dynamics and the main market trends of the agri-food systems. He also knows the main sources of information useful for the analysis of agri-food systems.Bertazzoli
The goal of the Career Service, coordinated by Andrea Zani (Head of Career Service), with the support of Alessandro Bonfiglioli (Executive Career Development Advisor), is to provide the tools and resources to gain access to the labor market and find an internship. The aim is also to support the businesses of our territory, and not limited to it, to select talents to employ; talents from all over the world, who come to Bologna to immerse themselves in the culture and the excellence of Made in Italy.
The Career Service Team supports the students in their journey made of learning and professional development, through a series of seminars, with the aim of providing the necessary tools and resources to gain access to leadership positions in the labor market. Furthermore, thanks to professional career counselors and a process to identify one’s own “Strengths” (Point Positive Assessment) developed in collaboration with Essentic, students are supported by way of a customized service to establish a professional development plan, which will help them achieve their goals in their search for an internship.
The process is carried out through the following steps:
Head of Career Service
“In the past few years, the labor market has undergone and dealt with major changes. The way to present yourself changes, with personal branding, as well as the way you do networking, with a professional approach. Like in any other time of transition, opportunities are endless, but you need to be able to recognize, manage and seize them. The Career Service of the Bologna Business School supports students to enable them to develop their potential and their professional growth.”
National and international companies support the Global MBA for different activities that concern the design of the courses, company visits, guest lectures, project works, besides hosting students for the final internship. Indeed, to this end, over the years the Bologna Business School has established a large network of and a sound partnership with the most important Italian and European companies thanks to a customized approach, one that is based on the needs of each individual business. The Career Service Team supports this process through different initiatives:
In addition, our partners support the Global MBA students with scholarships, professional opportunities, career fairs and company presentations. The companies that worked with us in 2020/2021 are:
ABINBEV | ACCENTURE | AEFFE GROUP | ALMA CUBE | ALPHA TAURI | ANTARES VISION | ARES DESIGN | AVALON | BIONDI SANTI | BORSALINO | BULGARI | COLOMBINI GROUP | COOP ITALIA | DALLARA | DAVINES | DEFRANCESCHI | DIAGEO | DIVERSITYLAB | DUCATI | ENERTRONICA SANTERNO | EURONIC | FAAC GROUP | FABBRI 1905 | FELSINEO | FERRARELLE | FERRARI | FERRETTI GROUP | FICO EATALY WORLD | FUTURE FOOD INSTITUTE | GLAM | GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI | GRANAROLO GROUP | HUBLOT | ING ITALY | KERING | KPMG | LAMBORGHINI | LANDI RENZO | LORO PIANA | LUXOTTICA | MARELLI | MARINELLA | MASERATI | MAX MARA FASHION GROUP | MESSORI | MONCLER | MONTENEGRO GROUP | MUSIXMATCH | NGG | NOMISMA ENERGIA | OLITALIA | OXFAM | PALAZZO DI VARIGNANA | PIOGGIO | POMELLATO | RES4AFRICA | RONCUCCI AND PARTNERS | SIDEL | STELLANTIS | SUPERNOVAE LAB | THE ARMIN BAR | TOD’S | TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING | TOZZI GREEN | TREEDOM | UN – INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION | UNEXPECTED ITALIAN | UNICREDIT | UNIGRA’ | UNIPOL | VINITALY INTERNATIONAL | WOOLRICH
The tuition fees for the Global MBA Program are 35,000 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.
Participants are eligible to apply for Honor Loan with subsidised rate up to the complete coverage of the application fee.
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Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the Global 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:
AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
BBS and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant the Africa Scholarship Program. 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.
In order to apply it is necessary to have:
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 three rounds of admissions, the first round will be open for applications until February, 2021. The second round will close in May 2021, the third round will close in July 2021 and the fourth in September 2021.
The four rounds are open to candidates of all nationalities.
Four easy steps to begin with:
Documents that must be sent:
Click on the following link for the video-tutorial to apply: BBS Professional Master | How to apply – YouTube
*IMPORTANT: Students possessing a degree obtained outside the EU must submit legal recognition of their qualifications for the purposes of admission to the program, which is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country in which the degree was obtained (Declaration of Value). Candidates with degrees from within the European Union may request a Diploma Supplement directly from their Universities. Should the candidate be unable to obtain one of these documents before the deadline, it may be temporarily replaced with a Conditional Enrolment Form, which will be sent shortly after applying.
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.CALL FOR APPLICATIONS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Download Application Form
You can contact the admissions team either by email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm
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