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Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento
Motto L'eccellenza come disciplina
Motto in English
Committed to excellence
Established 1987 from previously existing institutions
Type State-supported
President Prof. Yves Mény
Rector Prof. Pierdomenico Perata
Administrative staff
82
Students 1,652 (including people attending masters)
Undergraduates 232
163
Location Pisa, Italy
Colours Blue and Red         
Website www.sssup.it

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa is a special-statute public university located in Pisa, Italy, operating in the field of applied sciences.

The rector is Pierdomenico Perata, elected on 8 May 2013 after the resignation of Maria Chiara Carrozza, when she became Member of Parliament and Minister of Education, Universities and Research. Since January 2014 the School has been presided over by Yves Mény. The former president was Giuliano Amato.[1][2] The Sant'Anna is part of the Pisa University System, together with the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa.

It is one of the three officially sanctioned special-statute universities in Italy i.e. it has 'university status', being part of the process of Superior Graduate Schools in Italy (Grandes écoles)[3] or Scuola Superiore Universitaria.[4]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Preamble of the Statute of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies 2
    • Origins of Sant'Anna 2.1
    • The present-day Structure 2.2
  • Organization 3
  • Academics and research 4
    • Undergraduate Programs 4.1
    • Graduate Programs 4.2
    • Master Courses 4.3
    • Levels 4.4
    • International Masters 4.5
    • Doctoral Programs (PhD) 4.6
    • Post-Doctoral Education and Research 4.7
    • Laboratories and research centers 4.8
      • Management 4.8.1
      • Economics 4.8.2
      • Laws 4.8.3
      • Political Science 4.8.4
      • Engineering 4.8.5
      • Agrobiosciences 4.8.6
      • Medicine 4.8.7
      • Partner universities and International Agreements 4.8.8
  • Rankings 5
  • Notable Alumni and Faculty 6
  • See also 7
  • External links 8
  • Notes and references 9

History

The present-day Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is the descendant of several institutions modelled on the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, also known in Italian as Scuola Normale (English: Normal School), is a higher learning institution in Pisa, Italy. It was founded in 1810, by Napoleonic decree, as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris.

Preamble of the Statute of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

The school, whose origins, in the context of the Pisa university reality, are rooted in the Collegio Medico-Giuridico already attached to the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Collegio ‘Antonio Pacinotti, and was formally established by the Law of 14 February 1987, No. 41, which marked the unification of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Law (7 March 1967), No. 117, and the Conservatorio di Sant’Anna, the Royal Decree of 13 February 1908 No. LXXVIII.[5]

Origins of Sant'Anna

View of Sant'Anna Church within the courtyard of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Sant'Anna Church and Convent

The present-day site is acquired from a very ancient religious educational establishment. The Sant'Anna Church and Convent was established in 1406, while the church was finished in 1426, by the Order of the Benedictine Nuns (OSB).

  • Conservatorio di Sant'Anna

In 1785, the Conservatorio di Sant'Anna was initiated by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor as a consequence of abolition of the religious orders due to Leopold's reforms; the convent was suppressed in 1786.

  • Conservatorio di Sant'Anna, an educational institution; later under the tutelage of the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Italy and the Italian Republic.
  • Sant'Anna replaced Antonio Pacinotti in 1987, when the School gained its current headquarters. In 1987 the Benedictine Nuns dedicated the Sant'Anna Church and Convent to the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento (previously the Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa),[6] provided the School carried the name of Sant'Anna.[7][8][9][10][11][12]
  • The origins of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies within Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa: the Scuola Normale Superiore was founded in 1810 by Napoleonic decree, as twin institution of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, itself dating back to the French Revolution jurisdiction. The term “École Normale” (“Scuola Normale”) was coined by Joseph Lakanal who, in submitting a report to the National Convention of 1794 on behalf of the Committee of Public Instruction, explained it thus: “Normales: du latin norma, règle. Ces écoles doivent être en effet le type et la règle de toutes les autres.”[13][14]
  • The Decree of Foundation - Napoleon I rethought the project of an École Normale in 1808, by establishing a Normale Hall of Residence in Paris to house young students and train them in the art of teaching the humanities and sciences. The project was replicated in Tuscany by a decree dated 18 October 1810, with the foundation in Pisa, seat of one of the Imperial University academies, of a branch of the Paris-based École Normale Supérieure, "Scuola Normale Superiore".[7][13]
  • The Grand-Duchy Period: 1847-1859 - on 28 November 1846, a grand-ducal motu proprio founded a Tuscan Scuola Normale in Pisa (also referred to as the Imperial Royal Scuola Normale, as it was linked to the Austrian system), with both theoretical and practical aims, under the patronage of the Order of Saint Stephen, but depending on the University of Pisa.[8][13]
  • The Scuola Normale during the [13][8]
  • The Scuola Normale under Gentile: 1928-1943 - philosopher Giovanni Gentile, was placed at the head of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa as commissioner in 1928 and as director in 1932. He reformed the Scuola, gave it formal autonomy and sought an expansion to other disciplines, with the creation of the Collegio Mussolini per le Scienze Corporative (1931), and the Collegio Nazionale Medico (1932). The new colleges were later merged to form the Collegio Medico-Giuridico,[6] which continued to operate (in the fields of Law and Medicine) under the jurisdiction of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.[7][8][9][10][11][12]
  • Post-war Period - Scuola Normale Superiore in 1951, established the Antonio Pacinotti boarding school i.e. Collegio ‘Antonio Pacinotti, reserved to students of the faculties of Agriculture, Economics and Engineering, with plans to be further opened to other faculties.
  • The origins of present-day structure of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies: the present structure of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies was established in 1967 as Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento, by a merger of the Collegio Antonio Pacinotti (Scuola per le Scienze Applicate A. Pacinotti; founded 1951), and the Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.[5] The new institution, committed to the model established by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, was administered by the University of Pisa.[7][8][9][10][11][12][15][16]
  • Establishment of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies; Law of 14 February 1987 No. 41 - Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna. In 1987 Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies acquired complete independence (Law of 14 February 1987, No.41)[5][15][16] and maintains strong ties with both the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Pisa, creating the Pisa University System.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

The present-day Structure

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Pisa create the mighty Pisa University System. To Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has been given separate university status by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy) and together with Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa is leading the model of Scuole di Eccellenza, i.e. Superior Graduate School in Italy (Grandes écoles)[3][17]

Organization

View of the courtyard of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies: main gate

Students are admitted after passing a public national and international competitions. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies offers to those who decide to take excellence, a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, research and internationalization.

As for its statute, the aims of Sant'Anna school of advanced studies are:

  • To promote the development of culture, scientific and technological research, and innovation;
  • To offer quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education;
  • To ensure high-quality studies through the ongoing interectation of research and instruction.

The mission of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is to pave innovative pathways in education and research, responding to the modernization and innovation of society itself. This mission is pursued through the valorization of the autonomy and flexibility that characterize the Sant'Anna School and that derive from its status as an autonomous university by special statute.

Academics and research

Students are admitted after passing a public national and international competitions. The fields of study and research are:

Social Sciences Class
Experimental Sciences Class

Undergraduate Programs

Potential under graduates undergo a rigorous public examination, and only the very best are creamed off to combine their Pisa University studies with the extra options available at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, thus these students are called Honors College Students. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is also integrated with the Scuola Normale Superiore and Honors College Students are free to attend courses provided by departments other than their own, as well as those provided by the Scuola Normale Superiore.[11]

As of 2014, 50 freshmen are admitted per year, equally divided between the Class of Social Sciences and the Class of Experimental Sciences. The School offers all of its services free of charge; students also receive a small monthly income. While attending the Pisa University courses, the Honors College Students (allievi) live in the school's college. Students have to achieve a high average grade in university exams (at least 27/30) and attend internal courses (including 2 foreign language classes) taught by professors and researchers working at the School, both as an integration and as an extension to the regular academic schedule.[11]

Graduate Programs

The School also offers graduate courses such as master and doctoral programmes, provided by its research laboratories and joint ventures with foreign universities, leading enterprises and international organizations.

Master Courses

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies offers the fallowing Master's degrees :[18] - Master's Degrees and Post-Graduate Courses (Laurea Magistrale)

1. Master's Degrees (Laurea Magistrale):

  • Master in Innovation Management (MAIN), a collaboration between the Institute of Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Trento[19][20]
  • Master's degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Economics, a collaboration between the Faculty of Economics of University of Pisa and the Laboratory of Economics and Management of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies[21]
  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Networking, a joint initiative between University of Pisa and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies[22]

2. Joint Master’s Programmes i.e. Joint Double Degree Post-Graduate Courses University of Trento(UniTN) - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna:

  • Graduate Program in Information Science and Technology is a joint initiative which grants Master Level degree issued by University of Trento and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies i.e. "Laurea Magistrale in Informatica"[23]
  • Graduate Programme in Information and Communication Technologies is a joint initiative which grants M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni) from University of Trento and a Master of Engineering in Computer Network Engineering (Diploma di Formazione alla Ricerca in Computer Network Engineering) from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies.[24]

Levels

Level I Master's degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management, under patronage of United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)[25]
  • Master A Scuola di Pluralismo, a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Pisa[26]

Level II Master's degrees:

  • Master in Management, innovation and engineering of services (Management, Innovazione e Ingegneria dei Servizi - MAINS), a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Institute of Management and the "Center for Open Innovation" of Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley[27]
  • Master in Management and Health[28]
  • Master in Environment Management and control: techniques and technologies for the waste Cycle[29]
  • Master in Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine, named after PierGiorgio Data, in collaboration with the Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR, Pisa[30][31]
  • Master in Ultrasound and Color Doppler Applications in Nephrology (Ecografia Clinica ed Applicazioni Color Doppler in Nefrologia)[32]

International Masters

Doctoral Programs (PhD)

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Notes and references

  • Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa website

External links

See also

Faculty and Alumni of note include:

Notable Alumni and Faculty

  • The Academic Ranking of World Universities puts Pisa University System at the first place in Italy (National Rank # 1) and within the best 30 universities in Europe.[65]
  • Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has also been mapped by Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings as one of the most important educational institutions in Italy (section on Italy i.e. Top universities and specialisms ),[66][67] having its Graduate/Postgraduate Profile.[68]
  • Also, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies together with Scuola Normale Superiore are named as leading institutions in Italy's six top higher education institutes by Times Higher Education World University Rankings,[4] where for 2014-2015 was ranked at 63rd place in the world and 15th in Europe.[69] As for 2015-16 rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings puts Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies at 180th place in the world and 2nd in Italy, and Scuola Normale Superiore 112 place in the world and 1st in Italy.[70][71] According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is in top 20% in teaching, industry income and citations in the world, and Scuola Normale Superiore is in top 10% in teaching and top 20% in research on global level.[70][71]
  • According to QS World University Rankings, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is part of the initiative Invest Your Talent in Italy[72] which puts Italian graduate programmes on the world's stage.[73]
  • The European Research Ranking, a ranking based on publicly available data from the European Commission database puts Pisa University System among the best in Italy and best performing European research institutions .[74]
  • La Voce, published a ranking of Italian universities by h-index, where Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies acquires the first (#1) place in Italy.[75]
  • The official agency of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), the Agenzia nazionale di valutazione del sistema universitario e della ricerca (ANVUR) ranks Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies the best small university for 2013 in Italy (National Rank # 1).[76][77][78][79][80][81]

As part of the Pisa University System, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is small and elite, specialised only in applied sciences.

Rankings

The Americas

Asia

Middle East

Africa

Europe

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has signed international agreements with respected partner universities around the globe.[62][63]

Partner universities and International Agreements

  • Laboratory of Medical Science
  • European Transplantation Management Centre - Research Centre on E-TX-MAN organ and tissue detection, donation and transplant and related

Medicine

  • Land Lab – Agriculture, Environment and Landscape
  • BIOLABS - BIOlogical LABoratorieS
  • PLANT LAB - Plant and Crop Physiology

Agrobiosciences

  • ARTS Lab - Advanced Robotics Technology and System, which created the famous breakthrough in the field of bio-robotics with the so-called CYBER HAND, shown on CNN International's Vital Signs Life Hand report
  • CRIM Lab - Center of Research In Microengineering
  • RoboCasa, the Italy-Japan joint laboratory for Research on Humanoid and Personal Robotics
  • Joint Lab Italy - Korea
  • CEIICP - Centre of Excellence for Information, Communication and Perception Engineering. The Centre is a result of a joint venture in the telecommunications sector between the Sant'Anna School and Marconi Communications SpA (now Ericsson). In partnership with CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications), the two parties signed an agreement for the creation of a research centre for photonic networks and technologies, thus realizing through CEIICP a unique example of synergy in Italy. The Centre has gained a prominent position in the national and international scenario, thanks to the various agreements with foreign universities, joint laboratories, and European and Extra- European partnerships.
  • IRCPHONET - Integrated Research Centre for Photonic Networks and Technologies
  • RETIS lab - Real-Time Systems Laboratory
  • PERCRO - Perceptual Robotics

Engineering

  • CDG Laboratory - International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics
  • ITPCM - International Training Programme for Conflict Management
  • Iran Electoral Archive

Political Science

  • LIDER - International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory
  • STALS -Sant’Anna Legal Studies
  • Research Centre on Social, Juridical and Human Rights Sciences

Laws

  • LEM - Laboratory of Economics and Management
  • CAFED - Centre for the Analysis of Financial and Economics Dynamics
  • EZ-Lab - Center for Research on the technology and support services for the Longevity

Economics

  • MAIN - Management & Innovation Laboratory
  • MeS Lab - Management and Health Laboratory
  • SUM LAb - Sustainability Management

Management

Laboratories and research centers

  • Institute of Management (Italian: Istituto di Management)[60] includes the laboratories: MAIN, MES and SUM.
  • Institute of Economics (Italian: Istituto di Economia) includes the laboratory LEM.
  • Institute Dirpolis (Law, Politics and Development) (Italian: Istituto Dirpolis (Diritto, Politica e Sviluppo)) includes the laboratories: Lider, Cdg, CSGS and Wiss.
  • Institute TeCIP - Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (Italian: Istituto TeCIP, Istituto di Tecnologie della Comunicazione, dell'Informazione e della Percezione)[61] includes the laboratories: IRCPhoNet, Percro, Retis.
  • Institute of Biorobotics (Italian: Istituto di Biorobotica) includes the laboratories: ARTSLab, CRIMLab and EZ-Lab.
  • Institute of Life Sciences (Italian: Istituto di Scienze della Vita) includes the laboratories: Laboratory of Medical Sciences, Biolabs, LandLab and PlantLab.

Research Institutes:[59]

In the framework of the bilateral cooperation between Italy and China i.e. the Office of Chinese Language Council International (HanBan), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna hosts the third Italian Istituto Confucio i.e. Confucius Institute.

Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSAV)[56] is a research centre of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies based in Pontedera (Pisa). It was inaugurated in 2002 thanks to the interest of the then president of Piaggio, Giovanni Alberto Agnelli. The property is housed in converted sheds donated by Piaggio.[57] The main research is in the fields of robotics, bioengineering, biotechnology, precision engineering, computing and virtual environments. Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSAV) has 25 offices, 4 classrooms for teaching, 7 laboratories, 20 rooms, all six thousand square meters. There currently employs about hundred people. The most important project in these laboratories is a bionic hand for people to have an upper limb amputee.[58] The ARTS Lab - Advanced Robotics Technology and System, created the famous breakthrough in the field of bio-robotics with the so-called CYBER HAND, shown on CNN International's Vital Signs Life Hand report. Sant'Anna also undertakes many international projects which are tied to the European Commission, the Government of Italy and its ministries, as well as regional projects of the Region of Tuscany and the Province of Pisa. The school maintains a number of research laboratories, some of which are located at the National Research Council (CNR) whose largest research center is in Pisa.

There are also worldwide important international corporations and industrial partners that are closely linked to Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, such as: the nearby Piaggio where there are special Sant'Anna Laboratories at the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSAV),[54][55] which contributes to the industrial process, Finmeccanica, Fiat (Centro Ricerche Fiat), Telecom Italia, Marconi Communications, Ericsson Research, Deutsche Telekom, Mistubishi Electric Corporation, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd, etc.

Partnerships exist with many foreign universities, such as Max Planck Society, ETH Zurich, University College London, Imperial College London, University of Sussex, Waseda University, Osaka University, Chongqing University, University of Strasbourg, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, University of Toronto, Utrecht University, Berlin Institute of Technology, National Institute of Information and Communications Technologies of Japan, etc.

Post-Doctoral Education and Research

  • International Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies,[47] a collaboration of the Institute of Management[44] at Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI). Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)is a research institute of higher education and doctoral branch of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), supported by the University of L'Aquila and the best Grandes écoles of Italy: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, International School for Advanced Studies(SISSA) and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa.[48]
  • Economics,[49] jointly offered by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and by University of Strasbourg. In addition to the teaching activities, Ph.D. students are part of a rich research environment, within the Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) at the Sant'Anna School, and the Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée (BETA), where Ph.D. students are encouraged to take part in various ongoing research projects. Also, it is part of a European network - involving the University of Sussex, Aalborg, Manchester, Paris XIII, Oslo and several others, supporting inter-European exchanges of research students and faculty, within the European Network of Excellence DIME.
  • Politics, human rights and sustainability,[50] under patronage of United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC). It draws experience from the Schools research centers in politics: CDG Laboratory - International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics, ITPCM - International Training Programme for Conflict Management and the Iran Electoral Archive.
  • Individual person and legal protections,[51] an interdisciplinary connotation on the subject of the protection of the individual in modern society. It encompasses the LIDER - International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory, STALS -Sant’Anna Legal Studies and the Research Centre on Social, Juridical and Human Rights Sciences.
  • Innovative strategies in biomedical research,[52] which consists in the System Physiology, Experimental and Clinical and the Physiological Genomics and Molecular Medicine. It has very well respected laboratories at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. CNR.
  • Innovative Technologies of Information & Computer Engineering and Robotics,[53] which involves advanced research in four major areas of the Graduate School of Engineering: Bio-Robotics, Embedded Systems, Perceptual Robotics, Telecommunications. The research is conducted in very advanced laboratories in cooperation with well respected international industrial companies at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. CNR, Polo Sant'Anna Valdera at the Piaggio factory laboratories, laboratories in Genova and Livorno.
  • Agrobiosciences,[50] which carries of advanced research in the fields of Genomics and Crop Science and Agriculture, Environment and Landscape. It has laboratories in cooperation with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • Agrobiodiversity,[50] which carries of advanced research in the fields of Genomics and Crop Science and Agriculture, Environment and Landscape. It has laboratories at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  1. DBA EU (Pisa/Grenoble) - with courses at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Grenoble Ecole de Management(GEM)
  2. DBA China (Pisa/Grenoble/Chongqing) - with courses at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Grenoble Ecole de Management(GEM) and Chongqing University. The DBA is a four-years course, specifically designed for managers and executives, with a strong emphasis on management disciplines, during which participants acquire research skills and develop a rigorous research project regarding topics of interest. As a professional practice doctorate the DBA is equivalent to a PhD, but the emphasis is on applied rather than theoretical research.[45][46]
  • Management, ran by the Institute of Management[44] at Sant'Anna School which has the MAIN - Management & Innovation Laboratory and the MeS Lab - Management and Health Laboratory. The Institute of Management also runs the international business school in Volterra : The SIAF International School for Advanced Education, which is the result of a partnership between Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Volterra and the regional government of Tuscany.
  • Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), offered by the Institute of Management[44] in partnership with the Grenoble Ecole de Management(GEM). There are two modules:[45]

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies offer the following doctoral programs:

The Doctoral Programmes[41][42] at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies grant Diploma di Perfezionamento, a degree fully equivalent to a PhD and are recognized International Doctoral Programmes involving various forms of collaboration and joint ventures with foreign universities.[41]

Hence, the Superior Graduate Schools in Italy (Grandes écoles)[3] (Italian: Scuola Superiore Universitaria),[4] also called Schools of Excellence (Italian: Scuole di Eccellenza)[3][40] such as Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies still keep their reputed historical "Diploma di Perfezionamento" PhD title by law[37][41] and MIUR Decree.[42][43]

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