Nara Institute of Science and Technology

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Nara Institute of Science and Technology
奈良先端科学技術大学院大学
NAIST.jpg
Type Public (National)
Established October, 1991
Endowment US$-- billion
(JP¥-- billion)
President Naokazu Yokoya (Japanese: 横矢 直和)
Administrative staff
374
Postgraduates 1,043
Location Ikoma (Kansai Science City), Nara, Japan
Campus Suburban,
139,967 m²
Mascot None
Website www.naist.jp

Nara Institute of Science and Technology (奈良先端科学技術大学院大学, Nara Sentan Kagaku Gijutsu Daigakuin Daigaku), abbreviated as NAIST, is a Japanese national university located in Ikoma, Nara of Kansai Science City. It was founded in 1991 with a focus on research and consists solely of graduate schools in three integrated areas: Biological Sciences, Information Sciences, and Material Sciences. NAIST is one of the most prestigious research institutions in Japan.

In the "Evaluation of Achievements Related to the 2nd Medium-term Goals and Plans" (2010-2015)conducted by the Japanese government for national universities, NAIST was evaluated as exceedingly superior especially concerning research levels. (One of 5 institutions from the 86 national universities).[1] In 2010, NAIST ranked first overall among the 86 Japanese national universities by the Japanese government in its first-ever six-year (2005-2010)assessment of national university standards and achievements.[2]

The university has a total of about 1,000 Master's and Doctoral students in its three graduate schools (2010),[3] among which more than 20% are international students (2017).[4] There are about 200 faculty members and 170 staff (2010).[5]

Chronology[edit]

  • 1991: Establishment of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, including the Graduate School of Information Science and University Library
  • 1992: Establishment of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences
  • 1993: Establishment of the Research and Education Center for Genetic Information
  • 1994: Establishment of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
  • 1996: Establishment of the Graduate School of Materials Science
  • 1998: Establishment of the Research and Education Center for Materials Science
  • 2003: Establishment of the Venture Business laboratory

Peoples[edit]

  • Shinya Yamanaka- Former professor, 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine winner
  • Kazutoshi Takahashi(ja)- Dr. Shinya Yamanaka's doctoral student
  • Thomas N. Sato- Professor of biology
  • Tadao Kasami- Former professor, IEEE Fellow
  • Yuji Matsumoto- Professor of Information science
  • Satoshi Nakamura - Professor of Information science
  • Hirokazu Kato - Professor of Information science
  • Kiyohiro Shikano - Professor of Information science
  • Shigehiko Kanaya - Professor of Information science
  • Naokazu Yokoya - Professor of Information science
  • Kenji Kohno - Professor of biology
  • Shigehiko Kanaya - Professor of biology
  • Michiya FUJIKI - Professor of material
  • Takeo Kanade - Guest professor of Information Science
  • Mitsuo Kawato - Research staff of NAIST

Prestigious Research[edit]

Organization[edit]

Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Biological Sciences [6]
    • Division of Plant Biology
    • Division of Biomedical Science
    • Division of Systems Biology
    • Plant Global Education Project
    • Global COE Program Special Research Group
  • Graduate School of Information Science [7]
    • Division of Computer Science
    • Division of Media Informatics
    • Division of Applied Informatics
  • Graduate School of Materials Science [8]

Centers & Facilities[edit]

  • Research and Education Center for Genetic Information
  • Research and Education Center for Materials Science
  • Information Initiative Center
  • Center for Frontier Science and Technology
  • Center for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration [9]
  • Center for International Relations [10]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 2017/12/21, Asahi Shimbun, front page cited on NAIST official web site
  2. ^ 2010/03/25, Asahi Shimbun, front page cited on NAIST official web site
  3. ^ Number of Students on NAIST official website accessed at Oct 10, 2012
  4. ^ Number of International Students on NAIST official website accessed at Oct 10, 2012
  5. ^ Number of Faculty on NAIST official website accessed at Oct 10, 2012
  6. ^ "TOP - NAIST-GSBS". Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "NAIST Graduate School of Information Science". Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  8. ^ NAIST Graduate School of Materials Science Homepage
  9. ^ "NAIST Division for Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration". Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "DGE". Retrieved 29 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°43′56″N 135°43′57″E / 34.73222°N 135.73250°E / 34.73222; 135.73250