42 Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Ghadan 21 Accelerator Programme’s revolutionary coding school, has embarked on a series of virtual ‘check-In’ sessions – a key milestone in the selection of the school’s inaugural cohort ahead of its opening in February 2021.
In excess of 4,000 potential students have already completed 42 Abu Dhabi’s online pre-selection assessment, with around 200 young people a week exploring the opportunity. The assessment evaluates applicants’ cognitive capacity via logic and memory games.
During the check-in sessions, applicants also receive a detailed briefing on 42 Abu Dhabi’s unique peer-to-peer learning methodology and its mastery-based, 21-level curriculum. This allows students to deep-dive into key specialisation areas, including Imperative Programming, Parallel Computing, Algorithms, AI and more.
Prospective students can engage with 42 Network alumni via an open floor Q&A too. The latter have completed the divergent and gamified project-based coding program, which expands critical thinking and problem-solving skills, helping students to begin to understand the wide range of future career opportunities available with industry-leading coding acumen.
Majid Al Shamsi, Director of Higher Education Business Development at ADEK and Project Lead on 42 Abu Dhabi, said: “The first 42 Abu Dhabi ‘Check-In’ sessions kicked off with an incredible start with 200 applicants attending last week’s sessions. As the admission race heats up, the calibre of candidates is very strong, and we look forward to our first cohort of the UAE’s next generation of coders starting to take shape.”
42 Abu Dhabi, a major enabler in Abu Dhabi’s strategic vision to create a diverse and inclusive education infrastructure that empowers and enables a future-ready workforce, is an initiative of Ghadan 21, Abu Dhabi’s three-year government accelerators programme. This innovative programme aims to fast-track the emirate’s economic transformation through investment in knowledge, the economy and the community to support business, innovation and people. The purpose-built 42 Abu Dhabi campus, located in the heart of the UAE capital’s historic Mina Zayed warehouses district, will accommodate up to 750 students once fully operational.
Applications for 42 Abu Dhabi remain open for students aged 18 years and above. While candidates do not require previous coding experience or academic qualifications, successful 42 students typically display ambition, aptitude, commitment, proactivity, curiosity and creativity, as well an innate ability to adapt and collaborate.