Apple to open first iOS academy in Italy this October


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App makers in Italy will get hands-on learning from Apple.
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The first-ever iOS development center in Europe created by Apple is set to open later this year, providing aspiring developers with the practical skills and training necessary to make killer apps.

Apple revealed today that the center will officially be named iOS Developer Academy to be located at Università di Napoli Federico II.

“We are thrilled to be working with University of Naples Federico II to launch the first iOS Developer Academy in Europe,” said Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri in a statement. “Some of the most creative developers in the world come from Europe, and we are confident this center will help the next generation get the skills they need for success.”

An initial freshmen class of 200 students will join the academy when it opens in October. The iOS academy plans to increase that number to 400 by the second year, and there are plans to create more university extensions across the globe.

The curriculum was co-developed by Apple and takes nine months to complete, and the course will be divided into two semesters. The first will enhance students’ iOS development skills, while the second focuses on the creation of startups, app design, and collaboration on the creation of apps. The academy is open to students in Italy and across Europe.

Apple originally announced the academy in January when Tim Cook touted the 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe through the App Store. In Italy alone, more than 75,000 jobs are attributable to the App Store.