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Google partners with Howard University to teach black students how to code in bid to boost diversity in Silicon Valley

BID TO BOOST DIVERSITY: Google has launched a programme that will teach black students from Howard University how to code

GOOGLE HAS partnered with the historically black Howard University to launch a programme that will teach its students to code.

The technology giant is ramping up efforts to promote diversity in Silicon Valley with the three-month summer programme open to talented juniors and seniors studying computer science.

Google said that 25 to 30 students would be selected for the residency and will be taught by senior Google engineers. The programme, dubbed “Howard West”, will require no extra tuition, and students will be given housing support and living stipends.

The company said that it is also planning to expand the programme to other historically black colleges.

Howard University President, Wayne Frederick, said in a statement: “Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us.”

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