Today, during Google Developers Day in Kraków, we could see Google Developers + Udacity cooperation announcement which brings us 60 000 seats in their online courses (Web developer and Android developer, 30k seats in each one). The scholarship is dedicated to residents of Europe, Russia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. All accepted students will have an opportunity to learn coding Android or Web during 3-months course with a help from Udacity and Google mentors.
10% of the best ones will have an opportunity to take a part in Nanodegree program for free, which ends with certification and a great chance to find a real job in the picked area.
As a former student of Udacity Nanodegree program (Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree in my case), I can only say: thank you Google, thank you Udacity! This amazing initiative with high-quality materials will bring tons of value for IT industry all over the world:
- For students and future developers who will have a chance to learn how to build a real product from experts working with those technologies on daily basis,
- For employers who will have a chance to hire well motivated junior devs with practical experience and great will to gain new skills,
- For entire IT industry (including Google, Udacity and others), because more IT specialist means faster growth this area,
- And for the people all around the world. Online and cheap/free access to knowledge means that there are much fewer limitations for those who have a great will to learn and want to be professionals in the future.
Let’s build bridges, not walls.