Apple has this week opened its first-ever all-female Apple Developer Academy in the Middle East and North Africa region, with its Riyadh, Saudi Arabia academy devoted to teaching female developers.
Apple Developer Academy opens for females in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Announced in July 2021, the Riyadh Apple Developer Academy has now started providing tools and training for aspiring female programmers, developers, and designers so that they can make startups and help create jobs in iOS app development.
As reported by Khaleej Times:
Apple welcomed its student for in-person learning to its first all-female Apple Developer Academy in Riyadh this week. The academy, which is Apple’s first coding institution in the Middle East region is a partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones, represented by Tuwaiq Academy, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.
The Apple Developer Academy has welcomed female students across the region, aged between 20 to 35, across different backgrounds from IT, finance, art to law and medicine, the report says. More than 600 women are expected to take part in courses offered by the academy every year, including 30-day introductory foundation courses and the 10-month Academy program.
“At Apple we’re committed to ensuring everyone has the tools and resources to thrive in the app economy and be part of that transformation,” said Apple VP of Education and Enterprise Marketing Susan Prescott. “Through the power of technology and innovation, we are proud to be helping prepare these leaders for new career and entrepreneurship opportunities.”
The academy was launched in collaboration with Princess Nourah University and Tuwaiq Academy and in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming, and Drones.
Apple Developer Academy Director Ohood Mohamed Al Nayel said “We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome the first cohort of students to see all that the space has to offer. Like all Apple Developer Academies around the world, we will focus on enabling and empowering our students to actively contribute and benefit from the booming App Industry.
He continued, “Our goal is to become the region’s premier center for female iOS developers while supporting them in becoming active and effective entrepreneurs leading the digital transformation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”