RMIT expands partnership with Apple to offer coding opportunities for growing iOS app economy


RMIT has today entered an expanded partnership with Apple that will bring coding education to even more students across the country.

Apple’s coding curricula and training programs help bring coding to more learners, preparing students for careers in the app economy.

To grow coding opportunities to even more learners, Apple, in collaboration with RMIT and the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS), is launching two new Apple Foundation programs that will provide four-week courses on the fundamentals of Swift coding.

In the period of one month, students will gain the skills to prototype their own apps and begin to learn introductory coding skills. Both programs will open for enrollment later this year, with courses beginning in early 2023.

RMIT’s Professor Calum Drummond AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor STEM College said the expanded partnership with Apple will help the University to deliver crucial skills and grow digital capability among students and professionals in the fast-growing iOS app development economy, and in doing so fill future skills needs.

“RMIT is proud to launch the Apple Foundation program in 2023. We believe this program will have a significant impact in supporting Australia’s innovation economy and its fast-growing technology sector by encouraging more learners to acquire in-demand coding and iOS app development skills and knowledge,” Drummond said.

In 2017, RMIT Online teamed up with Apple to launch courses using Apple’s Develop with Swift curriculum, which teaches students to use Apple’s easy-to-learn Swift coding language to design and build their own apps.

Since then, universities, schools, and colleges – including Curtin University and TAFE Queensland – have expanded their offerings in iOS app development and Swift coding.

Around the world, the iOS app economy supports millions of jobs for coders, creators, engineers, designers, and more. In Australia, the App Store supports nearly 160,000 app economy jobs across the country, a figure that continues to grow.

“Innovation and creativity define the Australian developer community, and we’re incredibly proud to expand the pathways into the thriving iOS app economy through our Apple Foundation programs with RMIT and UTS,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations & Enterprise and Education Marketing.

“At Apple, we view coding as a universal language that empowers people with the tools to create, communicate, and problem solve in entirely new ways, and we’re excited to see what the next generation of developers deliver.” she said.

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