Apple this week confirmed the expansion of coding initiatives in Southeast Asia.
The company is opening a second Apple Developer Academy in Surabaya, Indonesia, to help aspiring developers. It also plans to expand its App Development with Swift curriculum at partner schools in Singapore.
“At Apple, we believe education is one of the most powerful tools we have to make the world a better place,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. Apple has been pushing for more accessible coding courses, and encouraging schools to make coding an essential subject.
Its latest move will budding coders in Indonesia and Singapore.
Indonesia gets second Apple Developer Academy
As the first students graduate from the Apple Developer Academy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Apple has increased the number of attendees from 75 to 200. It has also confirmed it will open a second Academy in Surabaya.
The Academy will offer “aspiring developers the skills they need to thrive in today’s app economy,” Apple says.
Swift coding expands in Singapore
In Singapore, Apple is expanding the reach of its App Development with Swift curriculum.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design has launched app development courses, supported by the local government. They are targeted at adult learners interested in app design and development.
“SUTD looks forward to continuing our close collaboration with Apple in helping our working adults to embrace digital transformation for enhanced employability,” said Professor Chong Tow Chong, president of SUTD.
Apple Certified Trainers
Pathlight School, Singapore’s first autism-focused school, will offer a Swift Accelerator program for its secondary students. The 144-hour program will be conducted by Apple Certified Trainers.
“Pathlight’s work with Apple through the Swift Accelerator Program signals the importance of training students with special needs to be future-ready for a rapidly changing society,” said Denise Phua Lay Peng, president at the Autism Resource Centre and co-founder of the Pathlight School.
“It is even more exciting as persons on the autism spectrum have a natural interest in and aptitude for IT. I am heartened by this thoughtful and inclusive move by Apple.”
Furthermore, RMIT Online is expanding its signature iOS App Development with Swift course to Singapore.
“We’re thrilled that students of all ages in Singapore will now be able to tap into the language of coding, gaining the skills they need to grow and succeed in the app economy and beyond,” Jackson added.