Apple announced yesterday to today its expansion of its education and programming program in Asia with the broadening of the curriculum App Development with Swift in partner schools in Singapore, in addition to the opening of the second Apple Developer Academy in Indonesia.
In the Southwest Asian peninsular, Apple noted that the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (which offers online courses in Singapore) have launched app development programs using Ma's curriculum with the support of SkillsFuture agency and local government.
In addition, the Singapore-based Pathlight Special Education School will be the first to offer an Apple-certified Swift acceleration program for high school students with autism.
According to Pathlight co-founder Denise Phua Lay Peng, the partnership with Ma “signals the importance of training students with special needs to be prepared for the future for a rapidly changing society”.
Already in Indonesia, while celebrating the graduation of the first students at the Apple Developer Academy in Jakarta, the company announced the opening of its second academy in the country, located in the city of Surabaya. In addition to the new facility, the Jakarta facility will be expanded and will receive 200 students this year, up from 75 in 2018.
Apple's vice president of environment, policies and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, celebrated the expansion of Apple's educational programs in Asia and emphasized that "education is one of the most powerful tools we have to make the world a better place." Jackson also honored Jakarta graduates alongside Indonesian Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.
Here's Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung with Apple VP Lisa Jackson asking about an app by young developers from Pathlight School. Looking forward to being part of the expansion in Apple's Swift coding programs in Singapore! pic.twitter/X5ODiKB74D
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Here is Education Minister Ong Ye Kung with Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson asking about a young developer app from Pathlight School. Looking forward to being part of the expansion of Apple's Swift coding programs in Singapore!
The App Store is currently available in 155 countries, acting as a (giant) industry of jobs and opportunities around the world. As we reported, since the launch of Ma's app store in 2008, the company has paid more than $ 120 billion for thousands of developers from various countries.