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Advent Group Sofia Ltd., a company registered according to the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria, UIC 205430851, having its seat and business address at: 11 Georgi Benkovski str, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria, is the data controller of the personal data provided by you when you register to use our services.
Advent Group Sofia Ltd. offers a wide range of products in the higher education sector, from the organisation of international education and learning events, both in the physical and virtual realm, customised marketing solutions for the higher education sector, and services developed to assist prospective MBA and Masters students in every step of their journey to business school.
The official brands under which we operate and provide services are: Access Masters, Access Schools, PrepAdviser, MERIT Summit, UniMy, and UniMy & Beyond. Advent Group Sofia Ltd. is also the official representative in Europe for the Access MBA and Premier EMBA brands, owned by Advent Group. Once we collect your personal data for any of our services, we will include them in our centralized data base and will use them to provide you with up-to-date information on all of our services. You can always change your preferences and we will timely comply with your choices.
Advent Group Sofia Ltd. collects data to operate effectively and provide you the best experience with our services. You will provide some of this data directly, such as when you sign up for our email communication or register for an event on our websites. We also collect the information in other various ways such as on social media channels, in-person communication, or during the pre-event selection process when we may contact you for additional clarification regarding your profile or to organise One-to-One meetings for you.
You have choices about the data we collect. When you are asked to provide personal data, you may decline. But if you choose not to provide data that is necessary to provide you a service, you may not be able to use that service. Therefore, we will always inform you on the consequences of your refusal to provide us with your personal data.
The data we collect depends on the context of your interactions with Advent Group Sofia Ltd.. The data we collect can include the following:
Name and contact data. We collect your first and last name, email address, postal address, phone number, and other similar contact data.
Credentials. We collect your username and password when you create your personal account on our any of our websites that service our brands.
Demographic data. We collect data about you such as your date of birth, age, gender, country, citizenship and preferred language.
Educational and professional background. We collect data about your employment history, education history and possibly your standardised test scores.
Content. Information contained in your resume or CV, information you provide regarding your career and educational development interests and other information about your qualifications for MBA or Masters programmes.
Videos and pictures. Photographs or video recordings may be taken during our physical events. You will always be informed when entering any of our events if there is ongoing video recording on premises. We may use the visual or video captures of your person on our websites or promotional material for marketing purposes. Under no circumstances will we associate your personal information (such as your name) with your image.
Other information you may provide to us, such as in feedback forms or through the “Contact Us” feature on our Sites.
When you visit our websites, we may collect certain information by automated means, such as cookies, web beacons and web server logs. The information we may collect in this manner includes:
A “cookie” is a file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. A “web beacon,” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, links webpages to web servers and their cookies and is used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server. Through these automated collection methods, we may obtain “clickstream data,” which is a log of the links and other content on which a visitor clicks while browsing a website.
As the visitor clicks through the website, a record of the action may be collected and stored. We link certain data elements we have collected through automated means, such as your browser information, with other information we have obtained about you to let us know, for example, whether you have opened an email we sent to you. Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies or how to restrict or disable certain types of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of our websites. To the extent required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent before collecting personal information using cookies or similar automated means.
The providers of third-party apps, tools, widgets and plug-ins on our websites, such as social media sharing tools, also may use automated means to collect information regarding your interactions with these features. This information is collected directly by the providers of the features and is subject to the privacy policies or notices of these providers.
We use the data we collect from you to operate our business and provide you the services you register for any of our different brands. We use your data to improve our products and personalise your experience by providing you the best-fit product based on your preferences so that you gain the highest added value from our services. We may also use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your account, security updates, and product information or to send you promotional communication.
Providing and improving our services: We use data to provide and improve the services we offer and perform essential business operations. This includes operating the services under our different brands, developing new features and conducting research.
Examples of such uses include the following:
Providing our services. We use data to make the connection between the prospective MBA and Masters candidates and the business schools and to deliver a personalised pre-selection process for both sides.
We use data to provide guidance services to the MBA and Masters candidates, including personalised candidate matching and advising, assessing candidates suitability for MBA and Masters programmes, associate candidate qualifications for the specific programmes, provide assistance with the preparation for business schools’ admissions, and provide enrolment services.
We use data also to perform data analytics, such as using information to match individuals and potential opportunities, and analysing pipeline data (trends regarding higher education sector).
We use your personal data to make generalizations about you (profiling) for the purposes of finding MBA programs, business schools and events that best suit your preferences.
We use data to connect professionals who are interested in the education sector and would like to use our services as mediator in their connection with business schools.
We use your data to administer your presence on our physical events, including for access control purposes and the conduct your One-to-One meetings with the different business schools.
We use your data to administer the webinars hosted by business schools.
Product Improvement. We use data to continually improve our services. For example, we use your feedback forms to add features to our services, to change them according to your experience or to offer you new services under our existing or new brands.
Communication. We use data we collect to communicate with you and personalise our communication with you. For example, we may contact you by phone or email to inform you when we need clarification on the data in your personal account, when your subscription is ending or to discuss educational opportunities that you may be interested in, according to your preference settings and our evaluation on the best-fit services for you.
Additionally, you can sign up for email subscriptions and choose whether you wish to receive promotional communications from one or more of our brands and in relation with the services that our clients are providing. We may send you promotional communication for products of Advent Group Sofia Ltd. that differ from the product chosen by you with your initial registration. We will only send such marketing communication to the extent we consider it could be useful for you based on your preferences shared with Advent Group Sofia Ltd. You can at any time object to receiving such promotional communication either for any of the products of Advent Group Sofia Ltd. you have not registered for or of all products of Advent Group Sofia Ltd. by using the unsubscribe button/link in your email or by contacting us.
In addition, we use information collected through cookies, web beacons, pixels, web server logs and other automated means for purposes such as (i) customising our users’ use of our websites; (ii) delivering content tailored to our users’ interests and the manner in which our users use our websites; and (iii) managing our websites and other aspects of our business. To the extent required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent before collecting information using cookies or similar automated means.
We also use third-party analytics services on our websites, such as those of Google Analytics. The analytics providers that administer these services use technologies such as cookies, web server logs and web beacons to help us analyse your use of our websites. The information collected through these means (including IP address) may be disclosed to these analytics providers and other relevant third parties who use the information, for example, to evaluate use of the websites. To learn more about these analytics services and how it collects data, please visit the following site: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites?hl=en. To review how to opt-out, please visit the following sites and any sites contained in the country-specific addenda:
Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Legitimate interests: We also process your personal data based on our legitimate interests:
Legal obligations: Your personal data is also in certain situations processed in order for Advent Group Sofia Ltd. to comply with its legal obligations according to the applicable legislation, court rulings, or decisions taken by the authorities.
If your request places Advent Group Sofia Ltd. in breach of the applicable legislation, we may refuse to fulfil it.
We have one month to respond to your request. We may sometimes need to extend this term by two additional months if your request is very complexed or we are overwhelmed by the number of the requests we have received. We will timely let you know if an extension will apply.
If you are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or Switzerland, we will comply with applicable legal requirements providing adequate protection for the transfer of personal information to recipients in countries outside of the EEA or Switzerland.
Intra-group international data transfers will be subject to legally binding intragroup agreements which provide enforceable rights for data subjects.
We retain personal data for as long as necessary to provide the services you have requested, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes, and enforcing our agreements.
If you have given consent to the processing of your personal data, Advent Group Sofia Ltd. will process your personal data for the specific purpose, until you withdraw your consent.
When the need to process your personal data no longer applies and the set retention periods expire, we will erase your personal data in a secure manner.
We maintain administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful or unauthorised destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
Your personal data is stored on servers of Advent Group Sofia Ltd., where they are protected by all modern and fit for the purposes standard hardware and software means of protection – fire walls, anti-virus programs, data encrypting etc. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis.
To enhance privacy, we have built in technological and procedural safeguards designed to prevent certain data combinations. For example, photographs or video recordings of our physical events will not be connected to your personal data.
Advent Group Sofia Ltd. ensures that access to your personal information is only granted to employees who need to process it in order to fulfil their work assignments, and that they abide by confidentiality in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures of Advent Group Sofia Ltd. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information. We commit to taking appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce our employees' privacy responsibilities.
Each of our brands’ websites may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates. Our service connects you to different websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites or use our service, please note that you have left our website and these websites have their own privacy policies. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or websites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
If you are dissatisfied with the way we have used your information or if you believe that your information was processed contrary to the applicable data protection rules and regulations, you can contact our DPO.
You can also lodge a complaint to the competent supervisory data protection authority in the country where you reside, the country where you work or the country where you were situated when the alleged breach of your rights has occurred. The competent authority in Bulgaria where we are seated is the Commission for Personal Data Protection (www.cpdp.bg).
Address: 11 Georgi Benkovski str.
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 810 54 80
We will update the version number and date of this document each time it is changed.
Without prejudice to your rights under applicable law, Advent Group reserves the right to amend these Site Terms to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes and good business practices. An updated version of these Site Terms will reflect those changes and we will notify you of such changes by updating the effective date at the top of these Site Terms. By accessing or using a Website, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the current version of these Site Terms which you may view when accessing any of the Websites. If you disagree with these Site Terms, or are dissatisfied with the Websites, you must immediately discontinue using this Website.
The Websites provide a range of education information and promotion services including among others information about business schools and their programmes, education orientation, rankings, scholarships and industry news, connect candidates and business schools, as well as promote business school and their programmes to targeted audiences all over the world (“Services”).
You may access and use the Websites in accordance with these Site Terms. Additional terms and conditions may apply to certain Services included on or otherwise made available to you through the Websites, as explained in the relevant Service sections of the Websites.
You will adhere to all laws and regulations applicable to your use of the Websites and our Services. Should you register to attend a Service provided at a specific location, such as, but not limited to, orientation events and meetings (the “Events”), you undertake to observe all applicable rules of conduct and you understand the Advent Group may refuse to provide or discontinue your access to the Event in case of illegal or improper behaviour.
Advent Group does not charge fees for access to the Websites and your user profile is free of charge. However, please note that some of the Services made available to you through the Websites, including in particular some of the Events, require payment of a fee. Please refer to the specific Service sections on the Websites for more information regarding the amount of applicable fees and available payment options.
Advent Group may at its sole discretion, temporarily or permanently, change the functionalities of any or all of the Websites, as well as of the content available on the Websites, suspend or terminate any of the functionalities of the Websites, as well as the Websites themselves. Advent Group may change, discontinue, or deprecate any of the Services or change or remove features or functionalities of the Services from time to time. We shall take all reasonable efforts to notify you in advance of such intended change/suspension/termination by placing an advance notice on the Websites and/or by sending an email notification to the registered users of the Websites.
Advent Group provides access to the Websites and its Services on a non-discriminatory basis. Nevertheless, limitations may apply for some of the Services, especially (but not only) for specific Events. In such cases Advent Group reserves the right to refuse to provide access to the relevant Event or other Service, despite the fact that you may have registered in advance and paid the applicable fees. Advent Group shall notify you in advance in case of lack of availability and refund to you in full the amount of all paid-in fees.
To access some of our Services, you must create an account or an event registration associated with a valid e-mail address. Unless explicitly permitted by the Site Terms or the relevant service level agreement, you may only create one account per email address.
When registering on a Website, you should provide accurate and true information about yourself and undertake to keep the information up-to-date at all times. It is your responsibility to update your registration details and Advent Group bears no responsibility as a result of your failure to comply with that obligation.
You agree to keep your password secure and confidential and not to permit others to use your account. You shall refrain from using other users’ accounts and refrain from selling, trading, or otherwise transferring your account to another party.
You are responsible for all activities that occur under your account, regardless of whether the activities are undertaken by you, your employees or a third party (including your contractors or agents) and we are not responsible for unauthorized access to your account. You will contact us immediately if you believe an unauthorized third party may be using your account or if your account information is lost or stolen.
Don’t misuse the Websites. For example, don’t interfere with the Websites or any of our Services, or try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions that we provide. You may use the Websites only as permitted by law. We may suspend or stop providing Services to you if you do not comply with these Site Terms and/or any of the service level agreements, terms or policies regulating individual Services, including for the period of investigation of suspected misconduct.
You understand, acknowledge, and agree to the following:
Although we strive to provide on the Websites correct and up-to-date information relating to our Services, and other information about Advent Group, we do not warrant the accuracy, effectiveness and suitability of any information contained in the Websites. Each person assumes full responsibility and all risks arising from use of the Websites. The information is presented "AS IS" and may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Advent Group reserves the right to make additions, deletions, or modifications to the information contained on the Websites at any time without any prior notification.
Advent Group makes no representations or warranties of any kind or nature with respect to the information or content posted on the Websites. Advent Group hereby disclaims all representations and warranties, whether express or implied, created by law, contract or otherwise, including, without limitation, any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement. In no event shall Advent Group be liable for any damages of any kind or nature, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, special (including loss of profit), consequential or incidental damages arising from or in connection with the existence or use of the Websites, and/or the information or content posted on the Websites, regardless of whether we have been advised as to the possibility of such damages.
The Websites display some content that is provided by third parties (”Third Party Content”). Third Party Content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. We may review Third Party Content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display Third Party Content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review all Third Party Content, so please don’t assume that we do. Advent Group is not responsible, and provides no warranty whatsoever, for the accuracy, effectiveness, timeliness and suitability of any Third Party Content, including any hyperlinks to or from third-party sites. Except as otherwise provided on the Websites, we will not edit, censor or otherwise control any Third Party Content. Such information should, therefore, be considered as suspect and is not endorsed by Advent Group.
Advent Group offers various forums on the Websites where you can post your observations and comments on designated topics. We also enable sharing of information by allowing users to post updates, comment in articles. Please note that ideas you post and information you share may be seen and used by other users, and we cannot guarantee that other users will not use the ideas and information that you share on our websites, forums and blog posts comments. Therefore, if you have an idea or information that you would like to keep confidential and/or don’t want others to use, or that is subject to third party rights that may be infringed by your sharing it, do not post it on the Websites. ADVENT GROUP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR A USER’S MISUSE OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF ANY CONTENT OR INFORMATION YOU POST IN ANY FORUMS, BLOGS POST COMMENTS AND ARTICLES COMMENTS.
The Websites may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our current expectation regarding future events and business development. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual developments or results could differ materially from those projected and depend on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the annual availability of funds, success of research programs, regulatory approvals, stability of commercial relationships, and the general economic conditions.
Advent Group grants you a limited license to access and make personal use of the Websites and not to download (other than page caching) or modify them, or any portion thereof, except with express written consent of Advent Group. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Websites or their contents; any derivative use of the Websites or their contents; any downloading or copying of account information; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools. Unless otherwise specified by us in a separate license, your right to use any software, data, documentation or other materials that you access or download through the Websites is subject to these Site Terms and the relevant service level agreement.
The Websites or any portion thereof may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without our express written consent. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Advent Group without our express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing the trade name or trademarks of Advent Group companies without our express written consent. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by Advent Group. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of the Websites, so long as the link does not portray Advent Group or its services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any Advent Group logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission.
You will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless us, our affiliates and licensors, and each of their respective employees, officers, directors, and representatives from and against any claims, damages, losses, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to any third party claim concerning: (a) your use of the Websites and/or our Services (including any activities under your account and use by your employees and personnel); (b) breach of these Site Terms or violation of applicable law by you; (c) Your Content or the combination of Your Content with other applications, content or processes, including any claim involving alleged infringement or misappropriation of third-party rights by Your Content or by the use, development, design, production, advertising or marketing of Your Content. If we are obligated to respond to a third party subpoena or other compulsory legal order or process described above, you will also reimburse us for reasonable attorneys’ fees, as well as our employees’ and contractors’ time and materials spent responding to the third party subpoena or other compulsory legal order or process at our then-current hourly rates.
The websites and all information, content, materials, products (including any software) and services included on or otherwise made available to you through the websites are provided by advent group on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Advent group makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the websites or the information, content, materials, products (including any software) or services included on or otherwise made available to you through the websites, unless otherwise specified in writing. You expressly agree that your use of the websites is at your own risk. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, advent group disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Advent group does not warrant that the websites; information, content, materials, products (including any software) or services included on or otherwise made available to you through the websites; our servers; or e-mail sent from us are free of viruses or other harmful components. Advent group will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the websites or from any information, content, materials, products (including software) or services included on or otherwise made available to you through the websites, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages. Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. If these laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights.
You agree that, except for the rights vested in you pursuant to the applicable consumer protection legislation, you cannot file a claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the Websites or these Site Terms more than one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose. In any case, to the extent permissible under the applicable law, our aggregate liability towards you for any damages arising out of your use of the Websites or any of our Services, including registration for and attendance of any Event, shall be limited to EUR 100 (one hundred Euro).
Please be aware that additional legal notices, disclaimers, and other terms and conditions may apply to specific Services.
We may suspend your right to access or use any portion or all of the Websites immediately upon notice to you if we determine: (a) your use of or registration for a Website (i) poses a security risk to us or any third party, (ii) may adversely impact the Websites or any of the Services included on or otherwise made available to you through the Websites, or the systems or content of any other of our customers, (iii) may subject us, our affiliates, or any third party to liability, or (iv) may be fraudulent or abusive; (b) you are in breach of these Site Terms and the resulting Agreement, or a service level agreement, including if you are delinquent on your payment obligations with respect to a Service for more than 30 (thirty) days; or (c) you have ceased to operate in the ordinary course, made an assignment for the benefit of creditors or similar disposition of your assets, or become the subject of any bankruptcy, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution or similar proceeding.
If we suspend your right to access or use any portion or all of the Websites: (a) you remain responsible for all fees and charges you have incurred through the date of suspension; (b) you remain responsible for any applicable fees and charges for any Service to which you continue to have access; and (c) we will not erase any of Your Content as a result of your suspension, except as specified elsewhere in these Site Terms or the relevant service level agreement.
You may terminate the Agreement with respect to a Website for any reason, at any time, by: (i) providing us notice in writing and (ii) closing your account on the chosen Website with respect to all Services for which we provide an account closing mechanism. Termination shall become effective upon we process your notice. We may terminate the Agreement for any reason at any time by providing you 15 (fifteen) days advance notice.
Either party may terminate the Agreement for cause upon 30 days advance notice to the other party if there is any material default or breach of this Agreement by the other party, unless the defaulting party has cured the material default or breach within the 30 day notice period.
We may also terminate the Agreement for cause immediately upon notice to you, (a) if any act or omission by you results in a suspension, as described hereinabove, (b) if our relationship with a third party partner who provides software or other technology we use to provide the Services expires, terminates or requires us to change the way we provide the Services, (c) if we believe providing the Services could create a substantial economic or technical burden or material security risk for us, (d) in order to comply with the law or requests of the competent public authorities, or (e) if we determine use of the Websites and/or Services by you or our provision of any of the Services to you has become impractical or unfeasible for any legal or regulatory reason.
We may provide any notice to you with respect to this Site Terms and our Agreement by: (i) posting a notice on a Website; or (ii) sending a message to the email address then associated with your account. Notices we provide by posting on the Websites shall become effective upon posting and notices we provide by email shall become effective when we send the email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. You will be deemed to have received any email sent to the email address then associated with your account when we send the email, whether or not you actually receive the email.
To give us notice you must contact Advent Group as follows: (i) by facsimile transmission to +33 1 43 41 41 30; or (ii) by personal delivery or registered mail to 36 Alabin Str., floor 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria. We may update the facsimile number or address for notices to us by posting a notice on the Websites. Notices provided by facsimile transmission shall be effective one business day after they are sent. Notices provided by personal delivery or registered mail shall be effective immediately upon receipt.
All communications and notices to be made or given pursuant to these Site Terms must be in the English language.
Advent Group respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us in writing by providing the information specified below:
Notice of claims of copyright infringement should be sent to us in accordance with the communication procedure specified hereinabove.
You agree that these Site Terms describe the entire Agreement between us and you with respect to its subject matter. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of these Site Terms is invalid or unenforceable, you agree that the other provisions of these Site Terms will remain in full force and effect.
The failure by us to enforce any provision of these Site Terms shall not constitute a present or future waiver of such provision nor limit our right to enforce such provision at a later time. All waivers by us must be in writing to be effective.
These Site Terms and our Agreement with you will be governed by Bulgarian law, to the extent that it is not overridden by applicable mandatory rules of your local laws, such as consumer protection laws applying to you. Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to or use of the Websites, or to the Services included on or otherwise made available to you through the Websites, shall be adjudicated by the competent courts in Sofia, Bulgaria, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts.