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Ships make the transit through the Gatun Locks from the Atlantic side heading to the Pacific Ocean side.

In its first-ever partnership with an international company, Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering for Professionals (EP) program is teaming up with the Panama Canal to offer their employees a custom graduate education program in data science.

“We are excited to partner with the Panama Canal to bring the Johns Hopkins education and opportunities to scientists and engineers on a global scale while also elevating the school’s global presence,” according to Dan Horn, associate dean Engineering for Professionals. “We hope this will be the first of many such opportunities for this and other global companies looking to connect with EP to further their employees’ educations.”

The Panama Canal Authority controls the operation, administration, management, preservation, maintenance, and modernization of the Panama Canal, a valuable human-made waterway in Panama connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans used for maritime trade.

Though the Master’s in Data Science program has been customized for employees of the Canal, selected students had to meet all EP Data Science program requirements and will complete 15 courses, including prerequisites, requirements, and electives.

“This program is the perfect opportunity for working professionals looking to further their education with the added benefit of enrolling in the Data Science program ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report,” according to Rick Blank, Engineering for Professionals corporate engagement lead. “Students will be taught by experts in their field with real-world experience and be joining a community made up of over 5,800 students world-wide providing them the opportunity to connect and network with likeminded individuals around the world.”

The first cohort began fall 2021 with 20 participants selected from more than 100  applications and is planning to complete the program within two years.