SHARJAH, 2nd March, 2022 (WAM) — The International Publishers Association (IPA) Academy, which is sponsored by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), will be launched on Monday, 7th March, 2022.
The IPA Academy will open with a series of IPA Talks and in-depth courses from three prestigious partners. All training materials on the IPA Academy will be available free to IPA members.
IPA President, Bodour Al Qasimi, said, “Over the last two years, I have spoken to more than 150 senior publishing industry executives from across the industry value chain, including publishing houses, distributors, authors, educators, book fairs, and literacy and free-expression advocates in more than 40 countries. A common theme featured strongly in these discussions is the need for workforce skill development to adapt to pandemic-driven digital acceleration. The IPA Academy is a response to this need and would be a great benefit for IPA members and the publishers they represent, and I cannot wait for them to start using it.”
Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, added, “The IPA Academy is a gamechanger for the global book industry. As an entity dedicated to promoting knowledge and learning and boosting growth and opportunities for publishers, the SBA is honoured to partner with the IPA in helping co-create forward-looking solutions to the challenges facing the publishing industry. The SBA’s support, in line with the emirate’s commitment to nurturing the book industry under Sharjah’s cultural project, also affirms the need for collective action with relevant industry stakeholders to build up resilience and advance the publishing industry to the next phase of growth.”
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