Griffith profiles

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Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions. Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, its future-focused degrees are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers.

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Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Griffith hosts 50,000 students across five campuses in South East Queensland.

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Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian studies and environmental science. It is a recognised leader in online education, and has offered award-winning online programs for nearly 20 years. Today, Griffith ranks in the top three per cent of universities worldwide. At Griffith, students benefit from an extensive network of industry partners to gain the skills and confidence that employers want.

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200 word profile

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian studies and environmental science. It is a recognised leader in online education, and has offered award-winning online programs for nearly 20 years. In 2017, Griffith will introduce a range of new, more flexible degrees, including specially designed, industry-relevant double degrees that will help graduates stand out in the job market.

Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Griffith offers degrees in: business and government; criminology and law; education; engineering and information technology; environment, planning and architecture; medicine; dentistry; paramedicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health; humanities and languages; music; science and aviation; and visual and creative arts. At Griffith, students benefit from an extensive network of industry partners to gain the skills and confidence that employers want.

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Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers.

Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian studies and environmental science. It is a recognised leader in online education, and has offered award-winning online programs for nearly 20 years.

Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Griffith offers degrees in: business and government; criminology and law; education; engineering and information technology; environment, planning and architecture; medicine; dentistry; paramedicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health; humanities and languages; music; science and aviation; and visual and creative arts. It hosts 50,000 students across five campuses in South East Queensland.

Griffith students gain the academic knowledge of a world-class university, as well as the skills and confidence that employers desire. Through industry placements and projects for real clients, students put what they learn in the classroom into practice and gain valuable contacts before they graduate.

Griffith is the Official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Through this partnership, students have access to over 250 internships, offering them the opportunity to be closely involved in the build up to and delivery of the biggest event in Australia this decade.

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1400 word profile

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research. Its high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. Since its beginning, Griffith has been deeply connected to the Asian region, environmentally aware, open to the community and industry focused. Always ahead of its time, Griffith introduced Australia’s first degrees in a range of important areas, including modern Asian studies and environmental science. It is a recognised leader in online education, and has offered award-winning online programs for nearly 20 years.

Ranking in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Griffith offers degrees in: business and government; criminology and law; education; engineering and information technology; environment, planning and architecture; medicine; dentistry; paramedicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health; humanities and languages; music; science and aviation; and visual and creative arts. It is home to more than 50,000 students across five campuses in South East Queensland.

Griffith students gain the academic knowledge of a world-class university, as well as the skills and confidence that employers desire. Through industry placements and projects for real clients, students put what they learn in the classroom into practice and gain valuable contacts before they graduate.

Griffith is the Official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Through this partnership, students have access to over 250 internships, offering them the opportunity to be closely involved in the build up to and delivery of the biggest event in Australia this decade.

Trimesters

Griffith teaches across three 12-week trimesters. This model offers students flexibility, industry engagement opportunities and, for some degrees, the opportunity to accelerate their study and graduate sooner. Students can also spread their study load across three trimesters in order to maintain a balance between their studies and work commitments. Students will not be required to study in all three trimesters, and not all degrees will be available in Trimester 3.

The Griffith OP 1–6, Rank 89+ Guarantee

The Griffith OP 1–6, Rank 89+ Guarantee rewards applicants with a guaranteed place in most Griffith degrees, whatever the published cut-off. Prerequisites and additional entry requirements still apply. Applicants do not need to apply separately for the guarantee as this is automatically applied to eligible QTAC preferences on all offer rounds. Find out more at degrees.griffith.edu.au

Year 12 subject bonuses

Griffith awards bonus ranks for subjects and studies completed in high school that require a high level of skill and knowledge. Year 12 students can receive two bonus ranks (up to a maximum of six under this scheme) for passing a range of subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths C, LOTE and Information Technology Systems.

Griffith Honours College

Griffith is the first Australian university to establish an Honours College for outstanding undergraduate student leaders. Applicants must have a minimum OP result of 1–3 (or equivalent ATAR or IB result). Members take part in specially designed and sponsored leadership and community activities in Australia and overseas. As graduates they become leaders in their fields. Find out more at griffith.edu.au/honourscollege

Griffith Sports College

Griffith understands the demands of elite sport. The Griffith Sports College enables student athletes to perform at optimum levels in both their chosen sport and their studies. They are also eligible for a suite of unique awards, benefits and flexible study arrangements and receive personalised expert support and advice from highly experienced staff to ensure their success. For more information, visit griffith.edu.au/griffith-sports-college

GUMURRII Student Support Unit

Located on each campus, GUMURRII offers a safe and culturally appropriate learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff assist students from recruitment to orientation, and provide support through to graduation and postgraduate studies. Find out more at griffith.edu.au/gumurrii-student-support-unit

Gold Coast campus

The Gold Coast campus—Griffith’s largest—hosts more than 18,000 students, conducts research and offers degrees in many disciplines. This is Australia’s most exciting higher education, health and knowledge precinct, and with a dedicated light rail service direct to the campus, it is easily accessible from the heart of the Gold Coast and is located just minutes from the Gold Coast beaches. The campus has seen significant growth and development over the last few years, with the opening of the $150 million Griffith Health Centre and co-located Gold Coast University Hospital, the launch of the $38 million Griffith Business School building and the opening of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Further expansion includes the development of the award-winning Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village alongside the campus and the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will be located on campus as part of the new sports hub.

With world-class sporting facilities, including an Olympic-standard athletics track , a wide range of sporting teams and social clubs available, as well as modern, on-campus student accommodation, food outlets, cafes, shops and other essential services, this is a vibrant centre for study and recreation.

Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses

The Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses are situated in unique, native bushland on the edge of Toohey Forest, just 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and with dedicated bus services for easy access. Home to world-class expertise in the environment, corporate sustainability, Asia and the emerging bio-sciences, Nathan is Griffith’s foundation campus. Hosting over 13,000 students, this campus offers degrees in business and government, engineering and information technology, environment and planning, arts, communication and journalism, languages, law, nursing, science and aviation. The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre is a revolutionary off-the-grid teaching facility, which is the first zero-emission, self-powering teaching and research building in Australia. This is one of many cutting edge facilities located at Nathan campus.

Adjacent to Nathan campus, with panoramic views of Brisbane, the Mt Gravatt campus is Griffith’s social sciences and humanities hub. The campus hosts over 4,000 students and is the base for research into critical social issues. Mt Gravatt offers degrees in criminology and criminal justice, education and psychology. The campus offers a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre for students, including three heated swimming pools, a world-class tennis centre and gym.

Two on-campus residential colleges operate at the Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses, accommodating over 950 students.

South Bank campus

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and cultural precinct, the South Bank campus houses Griffith’s world-renowned Queensland College of Art, Griffith Film School and Queensland Conservatorium. As the most-established and well-recognised centre for excellence in the creative and performing arts in Queensland, the South Bank campus hosts over 3,500 students, and also offers outstanding programs in business, public health and health services management. The Queensland College of Art, one of Australia’s longest-running, but also most advanced fine art and design colleges, and the Griffith Film School, which is Australia’s largest film school, provide students with leading edge technologies, studios and purpose-built facilities, as well as teachers at the forefront of their fields.

The Queensland Conservatorium is the most comprehensive tertiary music school in Australia. Providing unrivalled opportunities to students, it is co-located with the state’s premier performance venue and organisation, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Offering a breadth of highly sought after specialist degrees in areas such as musical theatre, opera, classical instrumental studies and music technology, students are taught by internationally renowned performer-teachers who use the latest available technologies. The school also houses world-class performance facilities, including a 700-seat theatre with some of the best acoustics in the Southern Hemisphere.

Logan campus

Home to almost 2,500 students, this campus is based in one of Australia’s most rapidly developing regions, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and is a leader in flexible learning options for students. Logan offers degrees in human services and social work, nursing and midwifery, business and commerce, information technology and education. The campus has strong connections with the local community, hosting numerous sporting and cultural events throughout the year. Student accommodation is located within walking distance of the campus.

Student facilities and services

Students can access welfare, careers, counselling, health and equity support services, and chaplaincy on campus. Find out more at griffith.edu.au/student-services

Specific support is available for students with disabilities. For more information, visit griffith.edu.au/student-equity-services

Learning support services are available through the library on all campuses. Visit griffith.edu.au/library for details.

International students should visit griffith.edu.au/international for information on how they can apply to study at Griffith.

Student accommodation

On-campus student accommodation is available at the Gold Coast, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and Logan campuses. Griffith can also provide information on how to find off-campus accommodation. For more information visit griffith.edu.au/accommodation

Griffith University overview - 1400 words (docx)

Our campuses

Short description 1

Our network of thriving campuses spans three cities in South East Queensland, with the Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses in Brisbane, and campuses at the Gold Coast and Logan. Each of our campuses has distinct areas of expertise and is deeply engaged with its local community.

Short description 2

Our campuses are located throughout South East Queensland. With a superb subtropical climate and a mixture of natural wonders and vibrant city life, our region has a lifestyle that promotes innovation and education, providing an ideal setting for a dynamic, progressive institution such as Griffith University.

Our cities

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s leading holiday destinations, with amazing theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and some of the best beaches on earth. Visit goldcoast.qld.gov.au to learn more.

Brisbane

Home to 2.2 million people, Brisbane offers all the social, cultural and recreational facilities you would expect of a capital city, in a beautiful riverside setting. Find out more at brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Logan

Logan is home to people from more than 160 different cultures. With around 50% of residents aged 30 or younger, it celebrates both youth and diversity in a rich and varied lifestyle. For more information, visit logan.qld.gov.au.

Gold Coast campus

Short description

The Gold Coast campus—Griffith’s largest—offers degrees in many disciplines. Australia’s most exciting higher education precinct, the campus boasts world-class teaching, research and sporting facilities. Co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, it is easily accessed by dedicated light rail.

Long description

The Gold Coast campus—Griffith’s largest—hosts more than 18,000 students, conducts research and offers degrees in many disciplines. This is Australia’s most exciting higher education, health and knowledge precinct, and with a dedicated light rail service direct to the campus, it is easily accessible from the heart of the Gold Coast and is located just minutes from the famous beaches. The campus has seen significant growth and development over the last few years, with the opening of the $150 million Griffith Health Centre and co-located Gold Coast University Hospital, the launch of the $38 million Griffith Business School building and the opening of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Further expansion includes the development of the award-winning Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village alongside the campus and the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will be located on campus as part of the new sports hub.

With world-class sporting facilities, including an Olympic-standard athletics track , a wide range of sporting teams and social clubs available, as well as modern, on-campus student accommodation, food outlets, cafes, shops and other essential services, this is a vibrant centre for study and recreation.

Nathan campus

Short description

The Nathan campus is situated in unique, native bushland on the edge of Toohey Forest, just 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Griffith’s foundation campus, Nathan offers degrees in business and government, engineering and information technology, environment, humanities and languages, law, and science and aviation. On-campus student accommodation is available.

Long description

The Nathan and campus is situated in tranquil, native bushland on the edge of Toohey Forest, just 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.

Nathan, our first campus, hosts over 13,000 students and offers degrees in business and government, engineering and information technology, environment, humanities and languages, law, and science and aviation. The campus is home to world-class expertise in the environment, corporate sustainability, Asian studies and the emerging biosciences. It is the site of Australia’s first teaching and research building driven by a combination of solar power and hydrogen energy.

The six-star, green-rated Sir Samuel Griffith Centre opened in 2013, providing students with innovative new learning spaces. The Centre also hosts the Red Zone, where students and visitors can relax and play with interactive technology and massive projection displays. The campus also has a new social space, the Campus Heart, and a range of sporting facilities and student clubs and societies, and on-campus student accommodation.

Mt Gravatt campus

Short description

Adjacent to Nathan, the Mt Gravatt campus is Griffith’s social sciences and humanities hub, offering degrees in criminology and criminal justice, education and psychology. A range of exceptional sporting facilities, including aquatic and tennis centres at Mt Gravatt, sporting teams and social clubs, as well as on-campus student accommodation.

Long description

Adjacent to Nathan campus with panoramic views of Brisbane, the Mt Gravatt campus is our social sciences and humanities hub. The campus hosts over 4,000 students and is the base for research into critical social issues, including education and suicide prevention. Mt Gravatt offers degrees in criminology and criminal justice, education and applied theatre and psychology. The recently upgraded Aquatic and Fitness Centre at the campus features a heated pool, indoor and outdoor recreation areas, and a fully equipped fitness centre—co-located with a 16-court tennis centre, a training oval, and basketball and netball courts—creating a world-class health and fitness hub for students. On-campus student accommodation is also available.

South Bank campus

Short description

Within Brisbane’s cultural heart, the prestigious South Bank campus encompasses the Queensland College of Art, one of Australia’s oldest and most advanced fine art and design colleges; the Griffith Film School—Australia’s largest; and the Queensland Conservatorium, one of Australia’s leading music schools.

Long description

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and cultural precinct, the South Bank campus houses Griffith’s world-renowned Queensland College of Art, Griffith Film School and Queensland Conservatorium. As the most-established and well-recognised centre for excellence in the creative and performing arts in Queensland, the South Bank campus hosts over 3,500 students, and also offers outstanding programs in business, public health and health services management. The Queensland College of Art, one of Australia’s longest-running, but also most advanced fine art and design colleges, and the Griffith Film School, which is Australia’s largest film school, provide students with leading edge technologies, studios and purpose-built facilities, as well as teachers at the forefront of their fields.

The Queensland Conservatorium is the most comprehensive tertiary music school in Australia. Providing unrivalled opportunities to students, it is co-located with the state’s premier performance venue and organisation, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Offering a breadth of highly sought after specialist degrees in areas such as musical theatre, opera, classical instrumental studies and music technology, students are taught by internationally renowned performer-teachers who use the latest available technologies. The school also houses world-class performance facilities, including a 700-seat theatre with some of the best acoustics in the Southern Hemisphere.

Logan campus

Short description

Nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Logan campus offers degrees in human services and social work, nursing and midwifery, business and commerce, information technology and education. The campus has strong connections with the local community, hosting numerous sporting and cultural events throughout the year.

Long description

Home to almost 2,500 students, this campus is based in one of Australia’s most rapidly developing regions, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and is a leader in flexible learning options for students.

Logan offers degrees in human services and social work, nursing and midwifery, business and commerce, IT and education.

The campus has strong connections with the local community, hosting numerous sporting and cultural events throughout the year. At Logan, students have access to a bookshop, café, community lounge, sporting facilities and a range of support services. Student accommodation is located within walking distance of the campus.

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Griffith GC2018 partnership

Short description

Griffith is the Official University Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Through this world-first partnership, students have access to over 250 internships and the opportunity to be involved in the biggest event in Australia this decade.

Long description

Griffith University is an Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). This world-first partnership offers Griffith students, staff and graduates the chance to be closely involved in the build up to and delivery of the biggest event in Australia this decade.

  • Students will have access to unique learning experiences, with over 250 internships available with the Games organising body, GOLDOC and its partners over the next three years across a variety of study areas. Games-related material will also be embedded in courses.
  • New scholarships will be available for students from Commonwealth nations and territories, including Australia.
  • Staff from across the university will lend their expertise through secondments, placements and consulting with GOLDOC.
  • Griffith facilities will be used by visiting athletes and officials in the lead up and during the Games and Griffith campuses will be included in the Queen’s Baton Relay
  • Griffith is also:
    • Creative Arts Partner for GC2018, and will contribute to the creative arts program running concurrently with the Games, potentially including Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    • Presenting Partner of the GC2018 Marathon, with the 42 km course set to showcase the best of the Gold Coast cityscape and celebrate Griffith’s deep commitment to the city

The partnership builds on Griffith’s history with the Commonwealth Games. Athletes at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane were accommodated at Griffith’s Nathan campus, which was next door to QEII Stadium where the Opening Ceremony and other key events were held.

The Games is more than a celebration of sport—it’s a showcase of health, technology, infrastructure, media, culture and planning. Griffith is proud to be part of this important milestone for the Gold Coast.

GC2018 statistics

  • 6,500 athletes and officials
  • 71 nations and territories
  • 5 million spectators
  • 18 sports
  • 7 para sports
  • 5 billion people will be watching
  • 261 events
  • 18 venues

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Ranked in the top 3% worldwide—and on the rise

With highly awarded teaching staff, industry connections and cutting-edge research, Griffith ranks alongside the best universities in the world. We continue to improve our international standing, and in five of the largest and most credible world university rankings, we’re ranked in the top 400—placing us in the top 3% worldwide.

  • Times HE World University Rankings: 251–300
  • CWTS Leiden Ranking: 300
  • QS World University Rankings: 325
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: 317
  • University Ranking by Academic Performance: 317

Young and ambitious

Griffith ranks highly as a young university, ranking 34th in the 2016 QS University Rankings: Top 50 Under 50 and 35th in the 2017 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings. Being a young university means we have the freedom to respect tradition without being restricted by it, which gives us the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. We’ve introduced Australia’s first degrees in a wide range of important areas, from Asian studies and environmental science to dental technology and forensic science. We were also quick to adopt online education, and have also offered online study options for almost 20 years.

Australia’s top teachers

In recognition of their commitment to their students and their expert knowledge, our teachers feature prominently in Australia’s national teaching awards and citations. Griffith is the leading university in Australia for citations and fellowships from the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching.

Since 2007, we have won:

  • three Australian University Teacher of the Year awards
  • nine awards for Teaching Excellence
  • four awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • 42 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • seven National Teaching Fellowships.

Future focused degrees

The 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject highlight Griffith’s growing international reputation for expertise in nursing, law, education, politics and international studies, social policy and administration, development studies, performing arts, architecture and built environment, and art and design.

Each year, we continue to improve in these prestigious rankings, which evaluate 4,226 universities and 15,530 degrees from around the world. In 2016, the university ranked in the top 400 worldwide for 37 of the 42 subjects assessed, confirming the comprehensive nature of Griffith’s teaching.

Griffith’s high quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future, and are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research, and taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers. Our students learn the latest trends from industry professionals, and meet the requirements for professional registration in Australia and overseas.

Subject rankings

Griffith ranked in the top 200 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2016 for a range of subjects.

Top 10
  • Hospitality and leisure management
Top 50
  • Development studies
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Performing arts
Top 51–100
  • Architecture and built environment
  • Art and design
  • Education
  • Law and legal studies
  • Politics and international studies
  • Social policy and administration
  • Sports-related subjects
Top 101–150
  • Communication and media studies
  • Environmental sciences
Top 151–200
  • Business and management
  • English language and literature
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The Griffith MBA

Our MBA ranked among leading national and global MBAs in CEO Magazine's 2016 MBA Rankings. We ranked fourth in Australia in the 2015 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey and earned a 5-Star Rating in the Graduate Management Association of Australia's (GMAA) 2015 MBA Star Rating. Find out more about our MBA credentials.

Five stars for getting a job

We've received five stars in the prestigious QS Stars ratings for graduate employability. At Griffith, students gain the academic knowledge expected from a world-class university, as well as the skills and confidence that employers want, giving them an edge in the job market.

Research excellence

The 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia results highlight Griffith’s performance at world standard or above across more than 50 different disciplines.

With over 1,700 experts conducting research across all major academic disciplines, Griffith is focused on understanding the world we live in and improving people’s lives. We regularly work with government, industry and the community to find practical solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the world today, including climate change adaption, chronic disease and crime prevention. Our degrees are informed by this cutting-edge research, which means that students gain the latest knowledge from people making history in a wide range of fields.

Griffith was rated ‘well above world-standard’ for the following 10 fields of research:

  • Condensed matter physics
  • Quantum physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Macromolecular and materials chemistry
  • Ecological applications
  • Ecology
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Criminology
  • Political science

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