Saudi Arabia's "all-female Apple Developer Academy" opens to students

Apple has opened its first Apple Developer Academy in the Middle East and North Africa, a college in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, dedicated to teaching aspiring female developers. Originally announced in July 2021, the Riyadh Apple Developer Academy has now begun teaching programming and design to students with a view to a career in the app economy.

Khaleej Times reports that the academy welcomes female students from across the region, aged between 20 and 35, with backgrounds ranging from IT and finance to arts, law, and medicine. More than 600 women are expected to enroll in the courses offered by the Academy each year, including the 30-day introductory foundation course and the 10-month Academy course.

"At Apple, we're committed to making sure everyone has the tools and resources to thrive in the app economy and be a part of this transition," said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of education and corporate marketing. "Through the power of technology and innovation, we are proud to help prepare these leaders for a new career and entrepreneurial opportunities".

The academy was launched in partnership with Princess Noura University and Tuwaiq Academy and in partnership with the Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones. Ohood Mohamed Al Nayel, Dean of Apple Developer Academy, said: "Our goal is to be the premier hub for female iOS developers in the region while supporting them as active and effective entrepreneurs leading the digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

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