Xavier Niel exports school 42 to Silicon Valley
Three years after the opening of 42 in Paris, Xavier Niel, the founder of the Iliad group, decided to do it again in the United States. The computer school dedicated to future code stars will have its twin sister, under the same code name (42.US), based in Fremont, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Niel supported by Facebook, Snapchat, Periscope…
As in France, teaching within Xavier Niel’s structure will be completely free. In a country where university tuition costs several tens of thousands of dollars, 42 are UFOs across the Atlantic. In total, loans taken out by students thus reached 1 160 billion dollars, or nearly 1 trillion euros, at the end of 2014, specifies the school which quotes the Federal Reserve of New York.
In the next five years, 10,000 students will pass through 42, according to figures put forward by the establishment. “We are always looking for great engineers from all backgrounds and all education like 42», Said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, who thus provides personal support to Xavier Niel’s initiative. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat co-founder, Kayvon Beykpour, Periscope CEO, David Marcus, Facebook VP Messaging Products, Alexa Scordato, Stack Overflow Product Marketing Director, or Loïc Le Meur, Leade founder. rs, also welcomed the French entrepreneur’s project.
A 100 million dollar school
For the American version of 42, Xavier Niel saw things (very) big. Thus, the school of the French businessman will be spread over 18,580 square meters, or the equivalent of two and a half football fields. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, like its little Parisian sister, the 42 school will help the most disadvantaged students with 300 places available in the dormitories, without them being forced to spend a single dollar. Eventually, the structure’s managers hope to increase this capacity to 600 places.
Like what is already being done in Paris, the Californian version of 42 will not select its students according to their diplomas. The only condition is that you must be between 18 and 30 years old to enter school. The boss of Free did not hesitate to draw on his personal fortune to give his school an international dimension. Xavier Niel announces that he has invested $ 100 million, the equivalent of € 88 million, to set up 42 in Silicon Valley.
However, the promoter of the Halle Freyssinet is not the first French to set up his digital school in California. In 2015, Julien Barbier, Sylvain Kalache and Rudy Rigot launched the Holberton School, a learning structure to train software engineers in two years, based in San Francisco. “We are very happy with the arrival of School 42 and its team in Silicon Valley. Our teaching methods are similar and will be able to help even more young Americans. We also share a very important value: access to education for all. Long live school 42!», Reacted Julien Barbier, co-founder of the Holberton School, contacted by the editorial staff of Frenchweb.
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