medical studies

Australia is a great place to study medicine and healthcare, with world class facilities and a vast number of courses and specialisations on offer. But making a switch from one country to another in the field of healthcare is never straightforward.

To begin with, there are registration bodies involved and one has to look at all the criteria in great detail. Second, Indian medical qualifications are assessed differently abroad, including in Australia.

And third, the Australian education model is different to ours, and even within Australia various models of medical education exist. So it’s important to understand those models to determine where you can fit into them with your experience and qualifications gained in India.

Undergraduate entry programs in Australia are typically of 5–6 years in duration and entry is possible with secondary school matriculation. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their high school performance and school leaving certificate, their UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) score, and a personal/telephonic interview.

Graduate medical programs are of a shorter duration, typically lasting 4 years. Applicants are required to hold a bachelor degree qualification (of a desired level) in addition to having passed aptitude tests – GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test) is the most common selection test used – and interviews.

Admissions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are highly competitive due to a limited numbers of seats available, and the courses are expensive. A Masters of Primary Health at the University of Melbourne costs A$50,304 per year, with the total cost of it over the four years of the course amounting to A$216,818, around Rs. 1.25 crore.

That puts is way beyond the budget of most Indian families. If, however, you do have the money to spend and the ambition to study further, there are a number of healthcare-related courses on offer in Australian universities.

Let’s look at some of the advanced-level study options available in Australia to healthcare professionals from India.

Master of Public Health (MPH)


This is a post-graduate course in the field of public health open to health professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The aim is for them to come together to study health and nutrition problems prevalent in the Australian population and learn how to resolve them. This is done via developing their quantitative and analytical competencies, and further enhancing their communication skills, to prepare them for an administrative role.

The graduates will go on to work in government and non-government organisations, community health services, hospitals, research bodies, and public health and health promotion agencies. They will be expected to work with teams that design and implement health policies and health development programs in Australia for the betterment of the larger population.

If you are interested in undertaking this course, here is a list of the Australian universities that offer it:

  • Australian National University, Canberra ACT
  • Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
  • Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria
  • LaTrobe University, Melbourne, VIC
  • Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
  • University of Sydney, Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney, New South Wales
  • University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
  • University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

As the name suggests, the Master of Health Administration is a professional course for those with administerial ambitions in the field of healthcare. The aim of this course is to teach professionals (usually mid-level health service managers) how to plan, coordinate, and deliver excellent health and social services to the Australian public. As part of this course you will need to understand the Australian demographics, the regulatory system in the country, and all the levels of health care.

On top of health administration, you will also be taught management of hospitals and public health infrastructure. Those interested in undertaking this course should think of themselves as the future healthcare providers to the continent-nation; a role of tremendous responsibility, as is the case with all medicine and health-related jobs.

You don’t need to be a medical graduate to apply for this course though, as it is more about management than medicine. The course is therefore open to graduates from other disciplines who are interested in making a career in health administration. Some universities in Australia also offer this course as part of a larger MBA program. You do, however, need to have some experience of having worked in the field of health care as a professional to be eligible for this course.

Furthermore, this course prepares graduates for entry to the Australasian College of Health Service Management and assists medical practitioners to enter the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

Here’s a list of universities that offer this course in Australia:

  • Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of New South Wales(UNSW)
  • Australian Catholic University
  • La Trobe University
  • Federation University Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Western Australia
  • UTS
  • Monash University
  • University of Sydney

Studying Nursing in Australia

For nurses registered in India who are keen on moving abroad, things are not as simple as making an application and packing their bags. If your aim is to move to Australia for work you will have to first ascertain if your Indian qualification will be recognised there. You can have your qualifications assessed for equivalency with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to determine if you can work as a nurse in Australia.

For those who are interested in taking their nursing education further, you will have to first zero in on the state/university of choice. Bear in mind that every state in Australia has its own nursing council. Depending on where you are interested in pursuing your studies, you will have to individually check the requirements of the state’s medical council.

Once that is done you will need to get your Indian degree assessed for credit with the university you are interested in joining for undergraduate studies. Along with that you will also be expected to present a very good IELTS score to be able to gain admission. While many universities offer Bachelor of Nursing Science courses in the country, the seats are limited and fill up fast. Hence it is strongly recommended that you act quickly not to lose out on your chance of gaining admission with the university of your interest.

Those who possess no nursing qualifications, but do hold a graduate degree in a related subject, have the option of applying for the 2-year Master of Nursing Science program (in certain universities). Once again, the exact procedure will depend on the university you are applying to.

Some of the popular institutes for nursing in Australia are:

  • University of Canberra
  • Australian Catholic University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Charles Strut University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Griffith University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology(RMIT)
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Holmesglen TAFE
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Study in Warsaw – Poland.

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Arriving in Warsaw from near or far away, you will soon appreciate the vast opportunities of receiving education in the city situated at the very heart of Europe and open and friendly to visitors from all over the world.

Courses offered at HEIs in both English and Polish meet the expectations of even the most demanding and sophisticated candidates.  The fact that Poland is a member of the European Union and the European Space for Higher Education, guarantees that the knowledge and skills acquired in Warsaw will be recognized worldwide.

If you want to study humanities…

… learn more about the courses offered by the largest and oldest college in the capital city, established in 1816 – The University of Warsaw.

The University of Warsaw understands the contemporary world and is therefore constantly expanding its cooperation with the world’s best R&D institutions.

Other colleges, where it is possible to study humanist curricula: Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Collegium Civitas.

If you are planning to engage in technical or engineering studies…

visit the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) – a renowned academic institution which focuses on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in Engineering as well as Applied Sciences.

The Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, is a student-friendly university offering high level IT education and qualifications sought after by many employers. Other HEIa offering studies on technical curricula: Military University of Technology.

If you are interested in social science…

…you can study Law at the University of Warsaw and at Lazarski University – a higher education institution with a broad profile, offering business, law and international relations programs.

Other academic colleges, on which it is possible to study social science: The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Collegium Civitas, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

If your plans for the future relate to Economics, Business, Management…

…pay attention to Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) – the oldest Polish public university of Economics and Management.

Kozminski University is an internationally renowned private business school and the only such institution in Central and Eastern Europe which is AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited and listed within Financial Times rankings.

If you are dreaming of the career as an artist…

… the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music is regarded as a ‘Mecca’ for young musicians, the Academy of Fine Arts is proud of its many world-renowned graduates, and Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy educates not only future actors and directors, but also experts in Theatre.

If you are planning on becoming a doctor, a dentist, a pharmacist…

… make use of the courses offered by the Medical University of Warsaw – a truly European University where education is based on international educational standards.

If you want to study a curriculum related with Natural Science…

… choose Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW (WULS-SGGW). With its nearly 200-year tradition SGGW is one of the oldest and the largest life science universities in Poland.

If you want to launch your professional careeer in sports…

… the high education institution for you is Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw.

Universities in Warsaw – members of the Conference of Rectors of Academic School in Warsaw (KRUW)

  • University of Warsaw
  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • Medical University of Warsaw
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW
  • SGH Warsaw School of Economics
  • The Maria Grzegorzewska University
  • Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw
  • Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
  • Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
  • Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
  • Military University of Technology
  • National Defence University
  • Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw
  • Main School of Fire Service
  • Kozminski University
  • Lazarski University
  • University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology
  • Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw Section of Saint John Baptist
  • Collegium Civitas
  • Pultusk Academy of Humanities
  • Academy of Fine Arts

Study in Warsaw a joint programme of City of Warsaw, the Conference of Rectors of Warsaw (KRUW) and Perspektywy Education Foundation.

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US Visa interview: Tips to make a favourable impression


The visa interview is the final step towards studying in the US. After the grueling college admissions process, visa interview is the last but equally important hurdle. After convincing the admissions’ officers about your caliber, you also have to convince the visa officer about your intent of studying in the US. It is crucial that you prepare for the interview and address all concerns of the visa officer. Going prepared to the visa interview is the only way to get the F1 visa stamped onto your passport. We cover the most important aspects of the interview process and give you some tips on how to handle the question-answer session.

1. Language

For the student visa interview, you will be expected to speak only in English, unlike another type of visas. The reason being that if you have to convince the visa officer that you can take up the academic lectures given in English, you should be able to converse with them in English. This is the main reason why all universities ask for an English standardized test. English is the medium of most of the courses in the US, and you will have to show your spoken skills to the visa officer at the time of interview.

2. Positive attitude

When your turn for the interview comes, greet the officer with a warm hello or hi. S/he may ask you ‘how are you doing’. Reply politely and thank them for asking. If your visa is granted, thank them politely and leave. If your visa is rejected, don’t argue with the officer or create a scene. In such a situation, ask the officer the reason for rejection and what additional documents you need to bring next time to avoid rejection.

3. Look and act the part

Dress formally, like you would going to work. A well-ironed shirt and a pair of formal trousers should do for both male and female applicants. Do not show up in a three-piece tuxedo suit with a bow tie. It is an interview, not a dinner party. Reach the consulate 30 minutes before appointed time. You may have to wait for a long time before your turn comes, so be mentally prepared and keep patience. You are not allowed mobile phones inside the consulate so don’t bring one along. Only the applicant will be allowed inside for the interview; don’t bring your parents, spouse, or kids along. You will be made to stand in the queue according to the number assigned to you, so don’t consider breaking the line to reach the front first.

4. Proving ties to family and India

If you look at the situation like this, things might get easier to put in perspective: all non-immigrant applicants, including students, are viewed as intending immigrants unless proved otherwise. This statement is just to make you understand how important it is to convince the visa officer about your plans to return to India once your education is completed. If the officer is unconvinced, you may not be granted visa as you will be seen as a threat to the US immigration policy. You must, therefore, show that you have more important reasons to return to India than those of remaining back in the US.

5. Know your program

It is important to know all the details of your program, project, and course to be pursued in the US. You should be able to answer questions about your course easily and should not hesitate in giving answers. Do preliminary research about your college and university to make it clear that you are a genuine student. Apart from this basic knowledge, you should be able to explain how studying in the US and particularly this course will help your future profession in India.

6. Give precise answers

The visa officers are pressed for time and will have hardly 2 minutes for your interview. The whole process will be quick and short. These two minutes are crucial as this will be your only chance to form a likable impression upon them. Your first impression will decide your fate. The trick here is to provide important information which fulfills the officer’s questions in short answers to avoid wasting time.

7. Complete documents

The officer may or may not ask you for your academic mark sheets, but you need to have all your academic transcripts in place. Once you present them to the officer, they should be organized in such a way that it should be clear to the officer in one glance what those documents signify. This is again to save time as you only have two minutes. So come prepared with an organized documents folder.

8. Do not mention hopes of employment in the US

Remember, you are applying for a student visa not work visa. That means you will be there only to study and will return back to India upon completion of the course. So during the interview do not make the mistake of mentioning how you want to further your career prospects by working at some American corporation after finishing the course of study. You need to make it clear you will return to India and will work in India.

9. Dependants

If your spouse is applying for an F2 visa, you will appear for the visa interview together. Both of you will be questioned separately, and you must not answer the questions directed at them. If you are not taking your spouse and kids along, you will have to answer questions on how they are going to sustain themselves once you leave for the US. You should be able to show a stable source of income to sustain your family as if you are not able to, the visa officer will get an impression that you will send them money in US dollars by working illegally in the US. This will lead to rejection of your visa immediately.

10. Visa interview questions

The visa officer will ask you questions related to your study plans, university choice, academic capability, financial status, and post-graduation plans. The questions on study plan will probe into your interest in the academic field of your choice. Officers need to know why that course is better than the ones offered in India. The questions related to the choice of university will also look into why the particular university is better for your future profession. The officer might also ask you questions on your academic capability, your test scores, GPA scores etc. These can all be evaluated to determine the likelihood of your success during the program. American education is very expensive compared to domestic education, so you need to have a financial plan in place and should be able to explain it to the visa officer. Your plan should include funding tuition fees along with living expenses too. Your post-graduation plans should be in sync with the current course you will be pursuing. “What will you do after you graduate?” is the most common question visa officers put to applicants, so give your answer some thought before putting it across.

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Engineering in Canada – Tips and Guidance


Engineering happens to be one of the oldest disciplines of study. With a number of fields to choose from, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, happen to be considered as the “big four”. Engineering has remained a popular choice among students as a form of further studies. Engineering courses are all about the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applied work. A field that is destined to stay in demand for a long time to come, students who complete a course in engineering are taught to apply mathematical and scientific principles in order to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems.

Why choose Canada

Affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options as well as world renowned institutions have made Canada one of the leading destinations for studying abroad. With degrees and certificates that are recognized the world over, engineering colleges in Canada follow very high academic standards and rigorous quality controls that ensure that the students get high quality education. While the quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than as compared to other countries

Choosing an institution

Of the large number of engineering colleges in Canada, it is important to be able to choose the college that would be right for the student. This is a decision that must be taken after due consideration. The factors that one must consider before selecting the institution are:

  • Infrastructure: not the building of the college, but mainly the intake capacity of the college.
  • Faculty
  • Facilities
  • Placement Records
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Location


The particular requirements of taking admission into engineering program in Canada vary from institution to institution as every institution has a different idea of the minimum qualifications required for their courses. But the basic requirements are:

  • Academic Qualifications: The minimum admission average is determined annually.
  • English Language Proficiency score
  • GRE Scores ( Not Mandatory for all Canadian Institutions )

Partner Institutions

Acadia University | Algonquin College | Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology | Camosun College | Capilano University | Dalhousie University | Georgian College | Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Science | Navita -ICM- International College of Manitoba | Navitas – FIC – Fraser International College | Prince Edward Island University | Royal Roads University | Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology | Selkirk College | St. Francis Xavier University | Trent University | University of Ontario Institute of Technology | University of Waterloo | Vancouver Island University

Other Courses offered in Canada

  • Applied Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Bio-Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Management
  • Health Science
  • International Business
  • MBA
  • Nursing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Social Science
  • Wireless Networking
  • Information System
  • Project Management
  • Masters
  • IT
  • Science
  • Post-Graduation
  • MS
  • Pharmacy
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Best Colleges for your Money


So, when a US education is so expensive, what are the factors that need to be weighed in when making the right choice?

A recent ranking by MONEY ( looked at factors such as educational quality, alumni success and cost of education. They rated the top 10 colleges as below:

10. Harvard University: With a 98% graduation rate, Harvard scholars are highly valued not only in the US but just about everywhere..

09.  University of California, Davis: Recognised by The Wall Street Journal as the sixth best public university in the US, UC Davis is well reputed in the nation.

08. Massachusetts University of Technology: The haven of tech geeks everywhere, MIT is so reputed as its alums typically earn jobs that pay over $73000 within a few years of their graduation.

07.University of California, Irvine: UCI’s graduation rate is over 27% more than that of the average for colleges with a similar student population.

06.Stanford University: Graduates from this prestigious University end up with salaries that are on the average 20% higher than their counterparts from other colleges
05.University of California, Los Angeles: Over half of UCLA scholars study on scholarships, making this an affordable option for the deserving.

04.University of California, Berkeley: Graduates from this University report earnings of over $62000 a year within 5 years of their graduation date.

03.University of Michigan :  This top ranked university has a long tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts.

02.City University of New York, Baruch : One of CUNY’s senior colleges, the college has an acceptance rate of only around 25%..

01.Princeton: Princeton students hail from diverse nations and are renowned for their original thinking, with almost 8 in 10 students graduating debt free as they have studied on need-based scholarships. Princeton graduates are highly regarded by top employers.

If you are looking at an education in the US, you should always look beneath the surface. DO not join a college just because it has a good reputation. Colleges that are elite may be so expensive that you will be in debt for a long time after you graduate, and will have a poor quality of life!   If you graduate with a huge student loan and a low paying job, you are likely to end up regretting your choice of college. Look at factors like funding available, class sizes and the possibility of getting a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. Location is also important. If you attend a college which is strategically situated, you are more likely than not to get selected in a top paying job during campus recruitment drives.

Remember, take your time to make the right decision- it will affect the rest of your life!

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Information Technology (IT) in Australia

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An ever growing industry, IT plays an integral role in most industries today. An IT course is what facilitates you to design, coordinate, manage and administer computer-related activities of an organization. Ever since the world stepped into the digital age, IT has experienced unprecedented growth. The field has progressed exponentially and it shows no signs of slowing down soon. Along with a number of specializations offered in the course like programming, development, designing, multimedia, etc., the scope for an IT professional has never been better.

Benefits of doing IT in Australia

The Australian Qualifications Framework helps distinguish the Australian education system. It is a national policy that ensures a uniform progression of study. Globally recognized degrees and certifications make it easy for an IT graduate from Australia to find employment world over. Housing 8 of the top 100 universities in the world, Australia provides a world class learning experience and scholarship options for international students.

How to select universities

Despite having over 1100 education institutions to choose from, deciding on the right choice for IT education in Australia can be a tough decision. After all, a lot hinges on the choice you make. What needs to be decided before a university can be chosen is what you actually want from the university, for instance, whether you want the university with the best academic reputation or the university with the best placement track record. Once you have decided your own requirements, you can zero in on a university accordingly.

Requirements for Admissions in universities

To secure a place to study in an Australian university, you need to provide proof of your academic qualifications, the requirements of which vary from course to course and university to university. Along with that, as an international candidate, you will have to provide proof that you meet the required level of English Language proficiency before you apply to study Down Under.

Partner Universities

Australian Catholic University | Australian National University (ANU) | Bond University | Carnegie Mellon University | Central Queensland University | Charles Darwin University | Charles Sturt University | Curtin University of Technology | Deakin University | Edith Cowan University | Flinders University | Griffith University | James Cook University, Brisbane | La Trobe University | Macquarie University | Monash University | Murdoch University | Queensland University of Technology | RMIT University | Southern Cross University | Swinburne University of Technology | The University of Melbourne | The University of New England | The University of Newcastle | University of Adelaide | University of Ballarat | University of Canberra | University of New South Wales | University of Queensland | University of South Australia | University of Southern Queensland | University of Sydney | University of Tasmania | University of Technology, Sydney | University of the Sunshine Coast | University of Western Australia | University of Western Sydney | University of Wollongong | Victoria University

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How to write a resume for MS Applications Abroad

Students planning to study abroad often start with preparing the much famous – statement of purpose. Worried about the essays and how important the document is, they often put very little to no emphasis on their academic resumes. This is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes you can do. While SOP does allow to present your candidature in the most impressive light, a resume is a document that lists down all your achievements in the most concise and effective manner. And if you are planning to go for MS programs, there are just so many things you must keep in mind. Here’s a look at some of them.

An Outline is a Must

Here, you may broadly list all the professional, academic and extra-curricular activities you may have undertaken till now. Include every possible activity you can think of. After you have an exhaustive list, strike out the activities, which you feel hold no relevance to your academic/research profile. Now you have a broad outline of your candidature, which you need to bring in a presentable format.

Never Leave Out Your Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities provide to the Admission Committee a different perspective of your candidature and also establish your well-rounded personality in the eyes of the Committee. Thus, the applicant must include their extracurricular activities, community service, academic achievements and participation/excellence in sports. Excellence in sports indicates strong team spirit and leadership skills, which an applicant must showcase. Going through Importance of Extra-Curricular and Honorary Work in Resume may be useful here.

Present Your Career Progression Effectively

Your professional history has to be mentioned and explained in a detailed manner. The role essayed by you in the organizations you have worked with go a long way in establishing a logical link between your career progression and your desire to pursue this particular course from an international university. This will also convey to the Admission Committee how you intend to utilize the knowledge and degree earned through this program as a logical extension to your career.

You must include the technical skills you have gained during your high school/college. You may focus on the computer and Internet skills, general & specialized software & hardware skills, etc. This will add much value to your resume.

Make a Special Mention of Your Achievements/Accolades

If you have ever been entrusted with a position of responsibility like Head Girl/Boy of high school/college, member/leader of any club in high school/college, House Captain, and Captain of any Sports/Cultural Team or represented the school in MUN, you MUST include it in the resume. If you have received an award/accolade/recognition/acknowledgement for your contribution from your teachers, guides, coaches, professors HOD, or principal, particularly in high school/college, make a special note of it.

Give Adequate Importance to Academic Projects, Internships, Seminars, Workshops, etc. in the CV

An MS aspirant must focus on the research oriented activities they have undertaken in their academic career. They must mention their individual role/learning from the project, internship, seminar or workshop undertaken by them during their under graduation.

Brevity is the key to success

You do not need to provide too much information in the resume and overcrowd it. The thumb rule is to limit the CV to two pages, and that too, if you have significant amount of academic and work experience to showcase. Otherwise, a one-page resume will also do. Use bullet format for the document which will provide brevity and thus clarity to the CV.

Certifications, Honor, Publications, etc. are Equally Vital

An MS Aspirant must not miss to mention their certifications, honors, publication, etc. as these play an instrumental role in establishing the applicant’s research interest and capability, qualities highly desirable for an MS aspirant.

Fianally, when you ensure all, remember to proof-read your resume. If you can have someone else do it for you – even better. This will help you identify lack of clarity, spelling or grammatical mistakes, etc. in a much easier and effective manner. Finally, read How to Prepare Impressive Resume for in order to gain a crystal clear approach towards developing your resume.

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