Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

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Coordinates: 26°27′43.01″N 127°49′51.8″E / 26.4619472°N 127.831056°E / 26.4619472; 127.831056

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Established 1 November 2011
President Jonathan M. Dorfan
Faculty 50
Staff 625
Budget ¥19.8 billion
Location Onna, Okinawa, Japan
Website Official website

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (沖縄科学技術大学院大学 Okinawa Kagaku Gijutsu Daigakuin Daigaku?, OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school located in Onna, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The school offers a 5-year PhD program in Science. Over half of the faculty and students are recruited from outside Japan, and all education and research is conducted entirely in English.

OIST relies on public subsidies paid by the Japanese government.[1] The government subsidy for OIST comes in two areas: a subsidy for operations and a subsidy for facilities.

Graduate School[edit]

The PhD program is taught entirely in English and is individually tailored to each student. Students are encouraged to focus their research on cross-disciplinary areas of studies.[2]


In June 2001 Kōji Omi, former Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs and former Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, announced plans to establish a new graduate university in Okinawa. A Board of Governors was appointed in 2004 and the following year, the Diet recognized OIST as an "Independent Administrative Institution".[3] The first batch of students were welcomed in September 2012 after receiving approval.[4]


The research community consists of faculty and researchers divided into "units" based on area of study.[5] The university has no departments—OIST researchers conduct multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience,[6] mathematical and computational sciences, physics, chemistry, integrative biology and molecular, cell, and developmental biology.[7]


  1. ^ Cyranoski, D (29 June 2011). "Made in Japan". Nature. Nature Publishing Group. pp. 541–542. doi:10.1038/474541b. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Degree structure". 
  3. ^ "About — History". 
  4. ^ "Japan's New Okinawa Institute Officially Becomes Graduate University". Science Insider. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 28 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Research Overview". 
  6. ^ "Robocopulation". The Economist. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Where rats and robots play". The Economist. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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