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.

The university has no departments—OIST researchers conduct multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience,[1] mathematical and computational sciences, physics, chemistry, integrative biology and molecular, cell, and developmental biology.[2] The university received accreditation on November 1, 2011, and began classes in September 2012.

OIST relies on public subsidies paid by the Japanese government.[3] The government subsidy for OIST comes in two areas: a subsidy for operations and a subsidy for facilities.


  1. ^ "Robocopulation". The Economist. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Where rats and robots play". The Economist. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ D. Cyranoski (2011-06-30). "Made in Japan : Nature : Nature Publishing Group". Nature. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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