Apple's First iOS Developer Academy to Open in October 2016 at University of Naples

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Apple and the University of Naples Federico II have jointly announced that the first-ever iOS Developer Academy will open in October 2016 at the university's new campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, a coastal suburb east of Naples, Italy. The news was first reported by German website Macerkopf.


The free academy will provide more than 200 students with "practical skills and training on developing apps" in the first year, with more to follow in the years ahead, as part of a nine-month curriculum designed and supported by Apple. The facility includes labs and access to the latest Apple hardware and software.
"We are thrilled to be working with Università di Napoli Federico II to launch the first iOS Developer Academy in Europe," said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO.
First semester courses will focus on enhancing and improving students' software development skills on iOS, while second semester students will attend courses on the creation of startups and app design, and work together to create apps that could eventually be released on the App Store.

Students can find out more or apply on the University of Naples website. Applicants are required to take an online test in Italian or English, with successful candidates moving to an interview stage. The university will also be accepting applications through its website for teachers for the Academy in the coming months.

Apple's plans to open its first iOS app development center in Europe were first announced by CEO Tim Cook in January.
"Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we're thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent."
Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world in the future.

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That is awesome! I wonder if they will be rolling these to the Universities where they teach Swift (Tecnológico de Monterrey :D)
 
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awesome and free education on top! meanwhile in the US you have to sell your body to pay an application fee at a university you might not even get accepted to lol. crazy
 
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awesome and free education on top! meanwhile in the US you have to sell your body to pay an application fee at a university you might not even get accepted to lol. crazy
you get to keep your body, it's just a matter of mileage
 

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My Italian is rusty, otherwise I would have read the details myself, does this mean successful applicants get to enrol at the university for free, and are only limited to the iOS course?

Or can the uni student that go through the normal enrolment process also choose this course, but without fees?

I guess the last question, how are universities in Italy funded? Do you have to pay upfront or is it subsidised by the government in a form of a student loan?

Either way, this is better than a free set of Beats headphones.
 

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How about the U.S.? There are a lot of smart and creative young people in many of community colleges in the US could take advantage of this.
 

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Of all the cities in Italy with a strong IT industry and good universities, why a troublesome city like Naples? Here's the answer: it has the lowest wages of them all. Way lower. The headquarters are in the other cities, so they can stay in touch with their clients (financial in Milan, manufacturing in Turin, government in Rome) but the slav... I mean the workforce is in Naples. I know, I've been there, and I can assure you the average wage isn't enough to live (unless you live with your parents, or share a room, or whatever). It's also "standard business practice" to not pay stagists at all.
 

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My Italian is rusty, otherwise I would have read the details myself, does this mean successful applicants get to enrol at the university for free, and are only limited to the iOS course?

Or can the uni student that go through the normal enrolment process also choose this course, but without fees?

I guess the last question, how are universities in Italy funded? Do you have to pay upfront or is it subsidised by the government in a form of a student loan?

Either way, this is better than a free set of Beats headphones.
I'm Italian. I just had a quick look at the page linked in the article, but I've seen that there is the english translation at the end of the page.

I think that the students that are already enrolled can choose this course, with no additional fees.

In Italy Universities are usually publicly funded, but depending on your wealth you have to pay some taxes. The taxes are not that high, and usually don't go over €5000/year (usually half than that), but lower income students can have reductions or total exemptions and free food and housing.

Private universities are also partially funded by the state, but the fees go up to around €30000/year.

There is no student loan system.
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Of all the cities in Italy with a strong IT industry and good universities, why a troublesome city like Naples? Here's the answer: it has the lowest wages of them all. Way lower. The headquarters are in the other cities, so they can stay in touch with their clients (financial in Milan, manufacturing in Turin, government in Rome) but the slav... I mean the workforce is in Naples. I know, I've been there, and I can assure you the average wage isn't enough to live (unless you live with your parents, or share a room, or whatever). It's also "standard business practice" to not pay stagists at all.
Actually the Federico II is a really good university, apart from being the oldest public university in the world, created in 1224
 

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I'm Italian. I just had a quick look at the page linked in the article, but I've seen that there is the english translation at the end of the page.

I think that the students that are already enrolled can choose this course, with no additional fees.

In Italy Universities are usually publicly funded, but depending on your wealth you have to pay some taxes. The taxes are not that high, and usually don't go over €5000/year (usually half than that), but lower income students can have reductions or total exemptions and free food and housing.

Private universities are also partially funded by the state, but the fees go up to around €30000/year.

There is no student loan system.
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Actually the Federico II is a really good university, apart from being the oldest public university in the world, created in 1224
Cheers , thank you
 

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Actually the Federico II is a really good university[/QUOTE]
That's true, and that's the reason why Naples is such attractive to IT companies: good programmers, low wages.
 

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Seems like overkill. You don't need a whole university department dedicated to iOS development. You can learn it all, on your own. Seems at odds to the whole iOS paradigm, which stresses mobility and freedom vs. tied down schedules in classrooms.
 

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My Italian is rusty, otherwise I would have read the details myself, does this mean successful applicants get to enrol at the university for free, and are only limited to the iOS course?

Or can the uni student that go through the normal enrolment process also choose this course, but without fees?

I guess the last question, how are universities in Italy funded? Do you have to pay upfront or is it subsidised by the government in a form of a student loan?

Either way, this is better than a free set of Beats headphones.
Cool, if i see some usa gurls may chat them directly in naples, sweet gurls ;)
 

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Of all the cities in Italy with a strong IT industry and good universities, why a troublesome city like Naples? Here's the answer: it has the lowest wages of them all. Way lower. The headquarters are in the other cities, so they can stay in touch with their clients (financial in Milan, manufacturing in Turin, government in Rome) but the slav... I mean the workforce is in Naples. I know, I've been there, and I can assure you the average wage isn't enough to live (unless you live with your parents, or share a room, or whatever). It's also "standard business practice" to not pay stagists at all.
Is clear that you know nothing of the city of Naples: don't trust to newspapers and television, they lie. Naples has one of the best Universities of the world, and Apple knows it.
 

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Is clear that you know nothing of the city of Naples: don't trust to newspapers and television, they lie. Naples has one of the best Universities of the world, and Apple knows it.
According to google , number 7 in Italy and 268 globally.

The ranking will vary a bit depending on the source , but hardly one of the best universities in the world.... Italy yes.
 

Seregios

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Actually the University of Bologna was founded in 1088 while Morocco seems to have the most ancient educational instituite in the world
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-university
Quick research on the internet shows:

Federico II is the oldest public and laic university in the world. And is the third University in Italy by number of students enrolled. Also in 2016 it's the only generalist Italian university in the Times higher education reputation, with considers the best 200 best universities in the world.

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Several professors from various disciplines are among the top Italian Scientists by H-index. According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject the University of Federico II ranks respectively: 51–100 for civil engineering, 101–150 for mechanical engineering, pharmacy and pharmacology, agriculture and forestry and physics and astronomy, 151–200 for law and legal studies, medicine and chemical engineering, 201–250 for electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, economics and econometrics, 251–300 for biological sciences, computer science and chemistry.

^That's why Apple has decided to start in Naples.
 

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That's cool and all... How about one in the USA?

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Easy answer, sorta, the author of the linked article spells it out:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-paul/tim-cooks-views-on-americ_b_8854910.html
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Quick research on the internet shows:

Federico II is the oldest public and laic university in the world. And is the third University in Italy by number of students enrolled. Also in 2016 it's the only generalist Italian university in the Times higher education reputation, with considers the best 200 best universities in the world.

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Several professors from various disciplines are among the top Italian Scientists by H-index. According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject the University of Federico II ranks respectively: 51–100 for civil engineering, 101–150 for mechanical engineering, pharmacy and pharmacology, agriculture and forestry and physics and astronomy, 151–200 for law and legal studies, medicine and chemical engineering, 201–250 for electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, economics and econometrics, 251–300 for biological sciences, computer science and chemistry.

^That's why Apple has decided to start in Naples.
Clinging to an established brand for brand recognition? Like how Microsoft teamed up with IBM?
 

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Is clear that you know nothing of the city of Naples: don't trust to newspapers and television, they lie.
And that's EXACTLY what they told me when my company sent me to work there for a month (the company had offices in Milan, which is where I live, and in Rome, Naples, and other places I don't remember). I was excited about the new experience, I told myself everything was going to be fine despite all those bad rumors, and bad things may happen everywhere.
I talked to my Neapolin colleagues, and they were very friendly and open, just as every Neapolitan says about other Neapolitans. Then, before the departure, they told me what to say to the taxi driver to avoid being cheated, which parts of the city I had to avoid, and even which side of the road I had to walk on "or we'll never find you again! hahaha!" (what's so funny?). They also discouraged me from travelling with my car, unless I wanted it stolen. I'm pretty sure they weren't mocking me. That was the first alarming sign.
When I arrived, I was accomodated in a room of a coworker's house. We had no heating - the house was not connected to the methane supply network because the building was illegal. Actually almost every building on the same road was illegal. And he was an unregistered tenant.
In the office, almost everybody told me how nice it would have been to being transferred from Naples to Rome, or even better to Milan. I don't remember anybody from Milan, including Neapolitans, whishing of being transferred to Naples. I also found out that what they say about wages and unpaid stagists was not just a rumor.
Then, in my third week, while I was waiting for a bus for three hours (I learned that when there's an important soccer match, buses just don't work), I was robbed of my wallet.
I asked my boss if I actually had to get there for the fourth week - the job didn't actually required me to be there as I didn't have to talk with the clients, I could just as easily work from Milan and talk to my colleagues with Skype - but he discouraged me, because they were shrinking the offices in Milan. If I wanted to continue to work with the company, on the long term I had to move to Naples. I quit.

Fast forward a few years, and talking to some of my former colleagues I learned that the offices in Milan and Rome now have almost only business reps, and of those in Naples, very few were still with the company: they were let go after their contracts expired to be replaced by stagists or younger employees, or changed job to stay in Naples, or moved to another city or abroad if they wanted to stay in IT.

Naples has one of the best Universities of the world, and Apple knows it.
Hardly "one of the best of the world". Apple has partners in Italy, and they told Apple that Naples was the best choice so they have more programmers without having to pay them a course. Or their salaries, apparently.

I kind of expected such a reply from a Neapolitan :)
 
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