PNU’s Apple Developer Academy celebrates maiden graduation
Saudi arabia– The first class of graduates from the Apple Developer Academy in Riyadh, which was founded last year in partnership with Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Tuwaiq Academy, and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones, have been announced.
On Sunday night, alumni from the all-women program gathered to celebrate the research on the growing iOS app business. The women who are graduating from the Apple Developer Academy today are innovators, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs, according to Esther Hare, senior director of worldwide developer marketing at Apple. They have promising futures, and we look forward to seeing how they will use their knowledge and expertise to make an impact on the area and the rest of the globe.
“Many of our graduates here already have great positions lined up as they begin their careers as iOS engineers, UX designers, project managers, and more,” she continued. With further program expansion, we hope to provide these top-notch learning opportunities to over 600 women annually. The Academy supports female developers and business owners as they launch their careers in the app market.
Over the course of nine months, more than 100 students developed their coding, design, marketing, and professional skills; as a result, they now graduate with all the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the iOS app economy and even to start their own enterprises.
According to Ohood Al-Nayel, director of the Riyadh Apple Developer Academy, “our objective this year was to fully support our learners’ educational aspirations, wherever they are and at whatever level, regardless of age, technical experience, or background.”
To ensure that the region’s app development environment of the future is outstanding, Al-Nayel continued, “We were extremely careful from the outset of arming each and every Apple Developer Academy learner today with applicable real-world knowledge and abilities.
In-person classroom teaching is now being provided by the Academy since February. Students have access to world-class resources such dorms, sporting facilities, and convenient access to Riyadh at PNU, which boasts the largest women’s university campus in the world. Samah Bamumin, a student at the Academy, said of his experience there, “I am proud to watch my own growth and evolution.”
Before the commencement, students attended a job fair to network with companies for employment and funding prospects. Ahmed Dulli, executive manager of mobile development at Elm Company, one of the largest development firms in the Kingdom that provides specialized solutions for the public and private sectors, said: “It was an absolute honor to witness how the Apple Developer Academy delivered skilled developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to the Saudi market.
Given that iOS is the most popular mobile platform in the Kingdom, there is an urgent need for iOS developers. We sincerely appreciate Apple’s efforts in support of that, so
Apple has opened more than a dozen Apple Developer Academy facilities across the world in an effort to assist aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, and designers in finding and creating jobs in the expanding iOS app industry.
Academy graduates go on to start their own businesses, create and sell apps on the App Store, and give back to their communities through volunteer work.
All women in the region are now welcome to submit applications. Students are not need to be affiliated with PNU, to have a college degree, or to have any prior coding expertise.
When asked about the free nature of the Apple Developer Academy, Hare responded, “We think that apps for everyone should be built by everyone and we want to ensure that committed learners have the opportunity to participate in this program, regardless of financial ability. We provide this training free of charge all across the world in order to enhance equity, access, and opportunity.
According to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, Apple will soon open an unique logistics zone at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh where it will produce and export gadgets to markets in the area.