The Jakarta Post
American tech behemoth Apple inaugurated on Wednesday in Surabaya its second developer academy, making East Java the second province after Banten to host such an academy.
The Apple Academy Surabaya, which is located within Ciputra University, is hosting its first batch of 100 students, who will undergo a nine-month course on business development and coding with Swift – a coding language built by the tech giant. Enrollment for the next batch, which will start classes in February next year, is already open, says the company in a statement.
“This collaboration will help create even more opportunities for student developers and advance Indonesia’s fast-growing app economy,” said Apple vice president for environment policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post.
Apple’s Surabaya academy is a continuation of the tech giant's US$44 million investment to build Indonesian human resources in exchange for skirting Communication and Information Ministerial Regulation No. 27/2015 on technical requirements for long-term evolution (LTE) technology, which would have required Apple products to contain 30 percent local content before being sold in the country.
The tech giant inaugurated its first Indonesian academy at BSD City in March in collaboration with Binus University. (hen)