Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

On December 15, the next President of OIST Graduate University Dr. Peter Gruss visits the Cabinet Office.

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) selected Dr. Peter Gruss from Germany to be the next president of OIST Graduate University, succeeding Dr. Jonathan Dorfan who has served as the current President. On December 15, Dr. Gruss held a press conference at the Cabinet Office and shared the potentiality and visions of OIST.

Dr. Gruss is a prominent scholar in fields of gene regulation and developmental biology. He has experienced in managing research institute that includes serving as the president of the Max Planck Institutes, which has a high reputation internationally from 2002 to 2014.

At the meeting, Dr. Gruss stressed that “OIST has very high potentials to become established one of the great research universities in the world.” He also said, “OIST carries out basic research and then gradually passes on to applied research in stages. It will lead to start businesses, and OIST can contribute to developing traditional industries.”

His vision is placed on the importance of recruiting outstanding faculty and develop scholarly research by ensuring the research fund.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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