100 online scholarships for teachers are on offer as part of the new RMIT App Development with Swift curriculum. The Online program starts on 20 November while a new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018. In addition, a free summer coding school at RMIT’s City campus will give secondary students the chance to learn the basics of coding in Swift.
Swift is an innovative programming language created by Apple for building everything from mobile apps to desktop software to services in the cloud. It’s designed to let anyone write programs that are safe by default, yet extremely fast. Swift is easy to use and open source.
RMIT University is working with Apple to deliver the curriculum, with the objective of providing opportunities to students to develop they need to join the booming app economy. The new courses complement RMIT’s existing software engineering and computer science degrees.
The growing app economy is an important source of employment contributing to economic growth in Australia, currently with an estimated 113,000 jobs (1). Demand for digital skills in Australia continues to expand and by 2022, the nation will need an extra 81,000 specialist tech workers. The broader ICT workforce (those who are intensive users of tech in their work) will increase by 236,700 jobs (2).
University Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said: “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.”
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said: “We believe coding is an essential skill that people of all ages and backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn, so that they have the ability to create something that can change the world.”
Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, said the new iOS App Development with Swift online program was co-created and endorsed by major industry partners, including Tigerspike, jtribe and Bilue, who represented key drivers of growth in the app economy.
Visit https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/learn-swift-app-development for more information on studying Swift with RMIT.
1 Mandel & Long (2017), “The Rise of the Australian App Economy
2 Deloitte Access Economics (2017), report for the Australian Computer Society, Australia’s Digital Pulse