Melbourne University RMIT has teamed up with Apple to offer an Australian-first course giving students the chance to build apps and learn to code in the tech giant’s Swift programming language.
As technology seeps into all aspects of our lives, its increasingly clear that young workers who have an understanding of how to design and build software applications will have a huge advantage in the modern workplace.
And partnerships with tech giants like Apple could help shape the future curriculums of educational institutions.
On a recent trip to France, Apple CEO Tim Cook said learning to code is more important than learning to speak English. In fact, the big languages of coding and computer programming will soon be the most commonly understood in the world.
Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, was in Melbourne today to announce the new partnership.
“From the beginning we wanted to make the practice of coding just like we do our products: simple, intuitive, engaging and empowering,” she told news.com.au.
Apple’s Swift coding language became available about three years ago. The company says it designed Swift to be an approachable and intuitive coding language for beginners while also allowing professionals to build sophisticated programs.
Earlier this year the tech giant released a platform called Everyone Can Code which includes free learning experiences and online guides for students and teachers to help bring coding into the classroom.
THE MULTI BILLION DOLLAR APP ECONOMY
Since its inception in 2008, Apple has paid out more than $US70 billion to developers from its App Store, and RMIT vice chancellor Martin Bean wants to give more Aussie students a slice of that pie.
Using its own version of Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, RMIT Online will begin offering a coding course on November 20 (you can enrol from today and the first batch of students will receive a 60 per cent discount) while a new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018.
The app development course will also be integrated into RMIT’s tertiary curriculum for students enrolled in IT or computer science.
“These are the sort of skills Australians need for the jobs of the future and we’re delighted to work with Apple as the first university in Australia to deliver tailored, industry-focused courses using Swift curriculum,” Mr Bean said.
Students who undertake the course will be required to build an app that will then appear in Apple’s App Store.
“Because the course is outcome driven … it’s…