Apple expanded its grip by opening a new developer academy in Bumi Serpong Damai, located on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia this week. As per the company’s official announcement, the academy will be training students on how to develop iOS apps and basic crude features of the iOS. The first batch reportedly will be consisting of 75 students who will be taught Objective-C and Swift in the course. Those developers mark the first phase of the academy, with later phases opening up to students from other universities.
Apple constructed the academy in collaboration with Binus University, totalling on an investment of around $44 million between 2017 and 2019. As mentioned earlier, the centre is located in Bumi Serpong Damai City, Tangerang and sits on 1,500-square-meters of land.
“We are thrilled to be opening the Apple Developer Academy in Jakarta to help provide the next generation of developers the skills they need to develop iOS apps and join the fast-growing app economy,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement to the media.
Also, local news agency, The Jakarta Post has reported that the academy was established in order to fulfil with local content requirements in regards to the production of 4G gadgets that are being sold in the country. As per the rules TKDN, it requires that at least 30% of “manufacturing, software and innovation development” must be done locally within the country.
With this opening, this Jakarta academy is the third in the world with previous two located in Italy and Brazil. Apple calls them as “innovation centre” rather than straightaway calling it as an R&D unit. However, as per Apple, the sole aim of the company by opening these academies is to train developers in developing refined applications in iOS. Long time investment you see.