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Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.
The Apple-sponsored site will support educators, as well as providing a curriculum for attendees of the college. Furthermore, Apple will partner with companies and organizations in Italy to enhance the educational materials presented, and to assist in finding opportunities for graduates.
At launch, 200 new students will be selected to participate in the nine-month class, with applicants from all over Europe invited to apply and take the admissions test. The university is seeking faculty for the program as well, according to Macerkopf.
"We are thrilled to be working with University of Nales Federico II to launch the first iOS Developer Academy in Europe," said Apple's Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. "Some of the most creative developers in the world come from Europe, and we are confident this center will help the next generation get the skills they need for success."
The University of Naples Federico II is the oldest public university in the world, and is the third university in Italy ranked by enrolled students. It currently has a computer science department, but nothing else similar to Apple's condensed developer program.
"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 Apple CEO Tim Cook when the program was initially announced in January 2016. "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 also claims that the App Store is responsible for the creation of more than 75,000 jobs in Italy. Notable Italian developers include IK Multimedia and travel app purveyor Musement.
Apple expects expansion of the iOS App Development Center model in other European countries. No additional locations are known at this time. Several initiatives are underway in India, with a large design and development accelerator scheduled to open in Bengaluru in 2017.