RIYADH — Apple announced the launch of its academy for women developers this week, the first of the Apple Developer Academies in the Middle East.
The Academy will devote its efforts to assist programmers and developers by preparing them to work in the app economy. It will help them build a professional life in this field.
It also aims to support Saudi Arabia’s efforts in women’s empowerment under the aegis of Vision 2030.
Students and entrepreneurs will learn the basics of programming, marketing, project management, entrepreneurship; and many more, by mentors and coaches, 70% of whom are women.
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The Apple statement confirmed that many female students aged between 20 and 35 years have come from different backgrounds; such as information technology, arts, finance, law, and medicine from Saudi Arabia and abroad to join the academy.
The Apple Developer Academy, supported by the Ministry of Investment, is the largest university for women globally.
Apple Developer Academy Inauguration
It is also the first programming institution in the Middle East run under the partnership of the Saudi Federation For Cybersecurity; Programming and Drones (SAFCSP), represented by Tuwaiq Academy and Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University — the largest women’s university in the world.
“We are excited to welcome the first batch of women in the headquarters of the Apple Developer Academy; at Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University,” Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of enterprise and education marketing, said.
She noted, “The App Store provides opportunities for any woman with an idea to design and build amazing new apps that can change the world.”
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Ohoud Al-Nayal, the Apple Developer Academy director; said, “Our goal at Apple Development Academy is to become the region’s leading center for iOS developers.
“in addition to supporting female students become active entrepreneurs leading the digital transformation of Saudi Arabia.”