Apple still invests in Developer Academy of Naples, founded in 2016 to prepare thousands of European students to work in the world of apps compatible with the company’s operating systems. In collaboration with the Federico II University, Cupertino extends the Academy’s programs until 2025 and launches Alumni, a new resource plan for alumni that will allow them to have more opportunities to build and develop their entrepreneurial initiatives.
“We believe that education is a powerful tool for improvement for communities, capable of creating new paths towards innovation and economic development. We are very proud to extend Apple’s investment in Naples, promoting new opportunities for young people in the region and across Europe to develop core skills that will enable them to build a career in the vibrant iOS app ecosystem, “he explains. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Through the new Alumni program, in particular, all Academy graduates will have access to a Mac and an iPhone for another two years, as well as a plan of training programs, networking, and access to external speakers.
The goal – explains the company – is to support alumni with resources to help them continue to develop and create new companies. Students can stay in Naples or access the Alumni program from anywhere in Europe, expanding the Academy’s reach across the continent. The 2021 class of the Academy begins courses today, and is made up of students from nearly 20 countries around the world. Since opening in 2016, nearly 2,000 students have passed through the Academy’s program, and over 100 companies have attended graduate recruiting and job fair events.