13 May 2015

Brill donates over 500 frontlist titles to University College in India in partnership with SPi Global

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, donated over 500 books to Loyola College in Chennai, India as part of its Adopt a Library Program.

The donation of scholarly books covers subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Biology and is part of Brill’s Adopt a Library Program.  Each year the company donates a collection of frontlist titles to one or more libraries in developing countries.

The donation was done in partnership with SPi Global, Brill’s partner in content processing and enrichment.  SPi Global has offices in Chennai and Pondicherry and was awarded the “Employer of the Year” Award for 2014. The company recruit local staff and invest in education and training of graduates from local university colleges.

Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Business Development Manager Asia, who is responsible for Brill’s Developing Countries Program is delighted about the adoption and partnership with SPi, ”This is one way in which we can give something back to the local community. We help strengthen the educational system through the provision of resources and training, together with our trusted local partner on the ground SPi Global.”

The donation was symbolically handed over by Mr. Frans Havekes, Manager Content Processing at Brill and also the initiator behind Brill’s Adopt a Library Program to Dr. Jose Swaminathan, Principal at LICET.

Coinciding with the donation Havekes gave a presentation to faculty and students at the University College on “How to Get Your Research Published Internationally”.  He adds: “The questions of the participants clearly indicated a need for more information on the principles and ways of academic publishing. Hopefully we can continue to collaborate on this also with the help of SPi Global in different subject areas.”

Bart Loevens, Director, Business Development, SPi Global said, “I am proud to be managing the business relationship with Brill, and delighted to be in Chennai for Brill's Adopt a Library program. Many of our employees have studied at Loyola College and it is a privilege to be able to recognize and give back to the institution responsible for producing highly skilled and competent employees.”

“We are grateful for Brill for choosing LICET as this year’s beneficiary for its Adopt a Library Program. We also look forward for future and further collaboration between LICET and SPi Global.” said Rev. Dr. Francis P Xavier SJ, Director, LICET.

Brill’s Adopt A Library and Publishing Workshop Program at LICET, Chennai

Left to right: Mr. Nedumaran Balasundaram, VP, HR, SPi-India, Krishan Goswami, AVP, Operations, SPi-India, Mr. Frans Havekes, Manager Content Processing, Brill, Dr. Jose Swaminathan, Principal, LICET, Mr. Bart Loevens,Director – Business Development, SPi-Europe, Dr. Caleb Raj, HOD – Physics, LICET at the Brill’s Adopt A Library and Publishing Workshop Program at LICET, Chennai. 

For more information, contact Liesbeth Kanis, Brill’s Business Development Manager Asia (+65-82981548 /kanis@brill.com) and May Dizon, Vice President, Corporate Communications, SPi Global (+639189246528 /may.dizon@spi-global.com).
To find out more about Brill’s Developing Countries Program, including Brill’s Adopt a Library, visit Brill's Developing Countries Program.

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 230 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit www.brill.com.

About SPi Global
SPi Global is the Philippines’ most globally recognized full-service Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider with 30 offices and facilities around the world, including the US, Netherlands, Philippines, India, Vietnam, China and Nicaragua. It has over 19,000 employees delivering a wide range of solutions in Customer Relationship Management, Content, and Healthcare.

SPi Global is fully owned by Asia Outsourcing Gamma Limited, a company owned 80 percent by CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, and 20 percent by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines.  For more information, visit www.spi-global.com.

About Loyola College
Loyola College is an autonomous Jesuit institution of academic excellence under the historic University of Madras in the city of Chennai, India. The institution is among the handful of India's most prestigious institutions for degree programmes in commerce, arts, natural sciences and social sciences. It has been consistently ranked amongst the top five institutions in India for those programs. The college admits undergraduates and post-graduates and offers degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and commerce. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has recognised Loyola College as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the highest research honour for an Arts and Science College. For more information, visit www.loyolacollege.edu.

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