Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology opens in Okinawa
September 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo
On September 1, at Tancha in Onna, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) celebrated its official opening. It was established in order to contribute to the promotion of Okinawa’s self-sustaining development as well as to the advancement of world-class science and technology. Operations started from September 3 and on September 6 the enrollment ceremony took place for a total of 34 students from 18 countries. Classes start from September 10.
The cross-disciplinary research areas are divided into the five major subjects areas of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. The OIST aims to become a center of global network of scientists, and industrializing the fruits of research findings by cooperating with other leading edge research institutions and businesses.
The OIST has approximately 260 researchers, including 120 from overseas. They are involved in the most advanced scientific research in the world. The OIST offers integrated five-year doctoral programs with a single unified interdisciplinary approach. The research programs will be carried out in English.
(English translation by T&CT, Kyoko Tadaoka and Mark Ealey)
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