Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first European visit since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Italy, Cook was awarded an honorary Master’s degree in Innovation and International Management by the Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
When the visionary Steve Jobs passed the torch to Tim Cook to lead his company, he could not a picked a more talented, competent, dedicated, and determined person than Cook.
Under his leadership, Apple has grown to become a $3 trillion enterprise with business operations spread around the globe. He has successfully introduced several new products and services:
- Apple Watch
- iPhone SE
- Apple TV set-top box
- Apple Card
- Apple Silicon Macs
- Apple Silicon iPads
- Apple Pay
- Apple TV+
- Apple Arcade
For his exceptional innovative and managerial skills, Cook was awarded the honorary degree and he felt honored to be recognized. In his speech, Cook said:
It’s an honor to be recognized by an institution with such a distinguished history. One that has nurtured Italy’s brightest young minds for nearly 800 years.
I also want to say how much we have appreciated your partnership in bringing Europe’s first developer Academy right here to Naples.
In the six years, since we began the program, the Academy has taught nearly two thousand students the skills to build their own apps and bring their own ideas to life.
Aspiring developers from 66 countries have come to this incredible city to pursue their dreams of innovation with the knowledge they have gained, graduates have created apps to help people address challenges that range from deeply personal like Alzheimer’s to global priorities right sustainability.
The whole experience has been a wonderful reminder of what education can inspire.
Cook also had a Q&A session on privacy, health, and the environment in which he reinforced the beliefs that privacy is a fundamental human right, and the company working towards its goal to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 because that is the need of the hour to protect the environment and the planet.
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