Apple said Monday it is opening a new developer academy in South Korea.
Cupertino will open the academy at Pohang University of Science and Technology next year this spring. The company has opened 12 such academies so far, the first of which opened in Brazil back in 2013.
Apple is also opening its first production center for R&D support at the institute, which will also start operating next year.
The new academy and manufacturing center for R&D support is part of an agreement the iPhone maker entered into with the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) to avoid being fined for unfairly forces local telecommunications companies to cover advertising fees and warranty costs.
People aged 19 or over living in South Korea can apply for the academy regardless of background, the iPhone maker said.
According to the company, once members are accepted, academy members will undergo a free nine-month training program created by Apple, where they will learn how to develop apps. In addition to the training, Apple will also receive about 200 people each year as part of the academy program.
Cupertino claimed that the iOS ecosystem contributes to the creation of about 200,000 jobs in South Korea.
Meanwhile, the Production R&D Support Center will teach local small to medium-sized manufacturing companies about the latest smart and environmentally friendly technologies. At the center, companies will be introduced to Apple’s own experts and equipment. Companies will also receive opportunities to upgrade their technologies, processes and products, Cupertino said.
Earlier this month, South Korea passed a bill which bans Apple and Google from forcing developers to use their in-app purchasing systems. Google was also fined about $ 177 million recently, when the KFTC found that the Android creator was using its dominant market position to restrict competing operating systems from entering the market.
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