NYU and Codecademy Partner To Teach Coding To Undergrads

The students are already involved and the university is catching up.

Zach Sims (Photo: Twitter.com)

With UPenn making moves on the title of “Stanford of the East” and Eric Schmidt advising Cornell on the evolution of its new tech campus, NYU doesn’t want its students left behind in the college tech revolution. Hence the school’s new partnership with Codeacademy. Students in the Steinhardt School’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) can now opt in to a ten-week course where NYU professors and Codecademy instructors will teach them how to code.

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This reporter can attest that on NYU’s campus, there’s a definite attitude that startups are where the jobs are. Students and recent grads are flocking to community manager and marketing positions at startups. Two of our sophomore year roommates made the switch to computer science and both said, “If I know how to code, I’ll be fine when I graduate.” Tech@NYU, one of the school’s fastest growing clubs, now hosts weekly HackDays and DesignDays where members can collaborate on their own products.

The program will cover HTML, Javascript and Python, and students will also be able to attend monthly talks with leading industry insiders. Sessions start next week and run until the end of the semester. Visiting assistant professor Liel Leibovitz will teach the classes with coding instructor David Hu.

“We’re very excited to help NYU teach scores of students to learn to program–it’s great to work with a world class institution like NYU that thinks on the cutting edge and wants to teach its students the skills and creativity that the labor market require,” said Zach Sims, CEO and cofounder of Codecademy, in a press release sent to Betabeat.

“It’s cool that things like this are around more,” said Cody Brown, NYU graduate and founder of Scrollkit. “I imagine it will be as much a learning experience for Codecademy as it will be for the students.” He further explained that this would be new for them, because “they are going irl.”

In 2011, NYU’s journalism department announced a digital journalism concentration designed by Jay Rosen. But the program hasn’t really taken off yet, perhaps because it requires journalism students–who already have to have a double major–to take several additional credits.

Besides the Code Academy initiative, the plans for NYU’s Applied Sciences Center in downtown Brooklyn are still in motion–which is a good sign for the university. Wouldn’t want to get stuck as the plain old “Berkeley of the East,” now would we?

NYU and Codecademy Partner To Teach Coding To Undergrads