• First Piscine since 42 Abu Dhabi’s inauguration welcomes students aged 18-47 years old from over 31 nationals

Abu Dhabi: As Abu Dhabi pursues its ambition to become an international coding capital producing a hotbed of programming talent, 42 Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s revolutionary new coding school, has welcomed 154 aspiring coders to the first Piscine since the school’s official inauguration last month.

An intense and immersive 26-day program, the Piscine is 42 Abu Dhabi’s final assessment stage, and tests candidates’ aptitude in computer programming, motivation, endurance, and commitment. Over four weeks, candidates will code for up to 15 hours per day, and deep dive into the unique 42 learning methodology to gain holistic programming understanding. For the majority of candidates, the Piscine represents their first taste of immersive coding.

With the aspiring coders now assembled at the purpose-built 42 Abu Dhabi campus in Mina Zayed warehouse district, successful candidates will join the132 students enrolled in 42 Abu Dhabi’s first cohort in September 2021.

According to Leo Filardi, CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi, who took the helm after a similar role at 42 Rio de Janeiro, there is no shortage of prospective applicants after thousands of potential coders played the pre-selection logic the ‘Game’ - an online pre-selection assessment which evaluates cognitive capacity via logic and memory tests - and attended a Check-in discovery session.

“The level of interest to join 42 is unprecedented for a new campus,” said Filardi. “There is a genuine enthusiasm for 42 Abu Dhabi from all corners of the UAE and the wider region. Our first program has been a huge success and we are looking forward to identifying our next cohort during the forthcoming Piscine.”

Among the candidates is Emirati, Ali Yousef Al Marzooqi, 28 years old : “I recently graduated from the Sharjah Institute of Technology, I decided to apply for 42 Abu Dhabi as it seemed like the right fit and a genuine avenue to progress a career in coding.”

Another prospective candidate, Shamma Salem AlMazrouei, added: “I studied Information Technology for my degree and started working at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). When I learned about 42 Abu Dhabi, I was excited and decided to apply. Coding is the future of the world and what 42 Abu Dhabi offers is unrivalled training to learn the language the new world speaks,” said the Emirati.

42 Abu Dhabi’s tuition-free model is rooted in a peer-to-peer learning methodology that creates flexible learning pathways via a project-based, gamified approach, where students earn points to move to the next level in the program. Open 24/7, the school aims to cultivate creativity, collaboration, and self-discipline by giving students ownership of their learning without classrooms or teachers.

The 42 Abu Dhabi campus, an initiative of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Ghadan 21, started welcoming students in September after opening on schedule earlier this year. The campus boasts cutting-edge facilities and equipment and can accommodate up to 252 students at the same time.

To date, the 42 Network’s disruptive curriculum has equipped more than 12,000 students around the world with essential digital and business skills.

For more information and to apply, visit www.42AbuDhabi.ae 


About 42 Abu Dhabi

42 Abu Dhabi is a new kind of innovative and disruptive coding was launched in 2020 as an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Abu Dhabi’s Ghadan 21 accelerator program, which aims to drive Abu Dhabi’s ongoing development through multi-faceted investments in business, innovation and people.

In-line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to build a secure and confident society that is competitive, sustainable and open, 42 Abu Dhabi aims to empower through code, disrupt learning and create opportunities to answer the needs of the digital economy with innovation and efficiency. 

A major milestone in the ongoing strategic relationship between the governments of the UAE and France, 42 Abu Dhabi is a progressive enabler in nurturing a future-ready workforce on a local and regional level.

42 Abu Dhabi joins a growing global network of 35 schools and is the first of its kind in the GCC. The school runs a unique learning methodology that cultivates creativity and collaboration through peer-to-peer, project-based learning, without classrooms or teachers. The model has seen vast global success across the 42 Network and has equipped over 12,000 students with essential digital skills in areas such as data analytics, machine learning, algorithms and AI, parallel computing and others, as well as business skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability and working autonomously. 

The school is located in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed warehouses district and is open 24/7. The purpose-built 42 Abu Dhabi warehouse campus, designed with an open space, new-age industrial feel, includes state-of-the-art coding labs using the latest technology, as well as a number of interactive smart spaces, meet-up lounges, an auditorium creativity rooms, dining and resting spaces.

For more information, visit www.42AbuDhabi.ae 

About Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK)

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) is the Education Sector regulator across the Emirate. It oversees and provides services throughout a learner’s journey from early education to university and beyond. It also champions inclusivity for People of Determination in the mainstream schooling system and by providing specialized schools.

Across Early Childhood and K-12, ADEK licenses and regulates nurseries and private schools in Abu Dhabi while also legislating, mandating and managing its own Charter Schools and 2 schools for People of Determination.

ADEK also annually provides distinguished Abu Dhabi students with full scholarships and support to study at the best universities around the world. In addition, the Department audits and enhances the delivery of Higher Education in Abu Dhabi, attracting Higher Education Institutions to open the required programs or schools that serve Abu Dhabi’s needs while championing a student and faculty-friendly ecosystem in the Emirate.

With a vision to Empower Education. Empower Minds. Empower the Future, ADEK recognizes that every learner is different, and a diversity of teaching methods are essential for students to succeed. To that effect, ADEK partners with stakeholders to enable a great education system to flourish in Abu Dhabi and nurture future-ready graduates who have the 21st century skills required to sustain and carry forward Abu Dhabi’s vision.

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