Apple expands coding initiatives in Singapore, Indonesia

Apple says it’s increased its commitment to coding and education in Southeast Asia with the expansion of its App Development with Swift curriculum at partner schools in Singapore and the opening of Indonesia’s second Apple Developer Academy in Surabaya, offering aspiring developers the skills they need to thrive in today's app economy.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design and RMIT Online have launched app development courses using Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum for adult learners, supported by the local government's SkillsFuture Singapore agency. Pathlight School, Singapore’s first autism-focused school, will offer a Swift Accelerator program for its secondary students. This builds on the Swift Accelerator program available to all schools, supported by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore.

Using Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, which includes an AR Module, the Singapore University of Technology and Design and SkillsFuture Singapore designed a new course targeting adult learners interested in fundamental app design and development. The course is designed to reach working adults aiming to learn new skills for the fast-growing software economy, says Professor Chong Tow Chong, president and acting provost of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Additionally, RMIT Online is expanding its signature iOS App Development with Swift course to Singapore, offering a fully online and self-paced opportunity for mid-career professionals to learn to code. For students aged 13 to 18, the Pathlight School will run Swift Accelerator, a 144-hour program conducted by Apple Certified Trainers.

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Apple has marked the first graduation of students from its Developer Academy in Jakarta, celebrating their accomplishments and creativity in a ceremony attended by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives and Indonesia’s Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto.

This year Apple is growing its Developer Academies in Indonesia with the opening of a second Academy in Surabaya while the Jakarta Academy has expanded from 75 to 200 students.

Today the App Store is available in 155 countries, which has created a new industry of jobs and opportunities. Since its launch in 2008, Apple has paid out over $120 billion to developers around the world, making the App Store the most vibrant software marketplace in the world.