The first iOS Developer Academy announced by Apple in January is at the University of Federico II in the beautiful Naples.
Apple opened the first iOS Developer Academy Thursday to train app developers on the software ecosystem. An initial class of 100 students are beginning their one-year training at a new center at the University of Federico II in Naples.
Announced by Apple in January, the program will provide students with practical skills and experience to help turn their app ideas into reality and bring them to market on the App Store. The successful applicants hail from 11 different regions across Italy and include students from Latvia, Germany and the Netherlands. In total, 200 students will join the center during this academic year. Next year, the academy plans to double in capacity to 400 students.
Apple is also announcing the addition of a new iOS Foundation Program in the Campania region of Italy that will collaborate with at least five additional universities. The new program will offer students three- to four-week courses on app design for iOS, and is expected to benefit over 800 students in the first year alone.
During the iOS Developer Academy’s first semester, courses will enhance and improve students’ software development skills on iOS. During the year, students will attend courses on the creation of startups and app design, and collaborate on the creation of apps which can be submitted to the App Store.
Today there are over 2 million apps on the App Store, which has created an entire new industry of jobs and opportunities. The App Store has generated an estimated 1.2 million jobs across Europe, including 75,000 in Italy, and nearly €10 billion in payments to European developers since 2008.
The iOS Developer Academy program is open to students in Italy and around the world, with scholarships available to those who may benefit from financial support.