Yale Dean Leaves to Head Mysterious "Apple University"

Apple, Inc. has created quite a stir at Yale University. They’ve managed to snatch away the dean of the prestigious business school, Joel Podolny, to become an executive at a new mysterious endeavor called Apple University.  Podolny will become the first vice president and dean of this new institution.

So what is Apple University?  Here’s the thing: nobody knows. Apple won’t give anyone the specifics — which is either a great ploy to get lots of buzz, or just plain creepy, depending on how you look at it. In fact, the resignation of Podolny is one of the first bits of public information that’s available about this new school. There’s speculation that perhaps this Apple U is something like Hamburger University, which is the name of the training program McDonald’s uses to train their employees, or Disney’s Pixar University.  These institutions are called corporate universities. On the other hand, perhaps the school is related to product development and technology.

One thing is for sure: if you thought your college campus had too many students listening to iPods and ignoring their fellow students, wait until you see Apple U!

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6 Responses to “Yale Dean Leaves to Head Mysterious “Apple University””

  1. Radnor says:

    I really liked the way they came off

  2. Jason says:

    There are a few possibilities for how Apple could us the “Apple University”.

    1) Employee Sales Training. Possible, but I don’t think this would be the prime directive. It is very possible that they will reorganize their sales training materials and distribution and make it part of the Apple U.

    2) End User Training. Also possible. Apple has recently added numerous training videos for Mac OS X and their iWork and iLife applications on their web site. This could be part of a reorganization of those training materials just like the Sales Training.

    3) Expanded Developer training. Very likely. As Apple roles out new and updated technologies, getting the current Apple developers up-to-speed fast is really important. However, this would still only be a reorganization of their current developer training network.

    4) Mac OS X / iPhone / Computer Science Development.
    I think this is the most likely Prime Directive of the Apple University.

    Universities that have computer science courses need to use a programming language in order for students to demonstrate their learning. The choice typically wavers between a common language (Java/C/C++) or a very ‘Academic’ Functional language such as Scheme (MIT’s choice). But what if Apple created their own ACCREDITED University that consisted of a Computer Science (Engineering too?) program that used all Apple technologies. Apple computers, iPhones, ObjectiveC programming language, Apple software development tools, etc.

    This would effectively (to one degree or another):
    -Increase Apple’s Mac & iPhone sales
    -Increase Apple’s Brand awareness
    -Increase Apple’s Developer base (THIS IS THE KEY!!!)

    A strong developer base is the foundation for a platform’s (Mac/iPhone) survival. This would focus students on Apple based programming languages and development tools right at the start of their education.

    Seeing that Apple has hired a prominent figure from an accredited University, tells me that they are creating a REAL University and not just a “Hamburger University” clone. Staff and End user training does NOT require a DEAN of Business from Yale.

    Also, expect this university to be Online ONLY! Apple has already dipped their toe in the waters of online training with the Apple U podcasts. The infrastructure for delivery has been in place for about 2 years.

    So that’s my 2 cents worth. With Apple nearing completion of the next version of Mac OS X (Snow Leopard), there has never been a more perfect time to gather new developers into a new 64 bit pure era.

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