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Okinawa Instite of Science and Technology Graduate University

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History and Outstanding Features

Graduate universities are universities that place the focal point of their educational and research framework on graduate schools, rather than the undergraduate faculties that are normally the core of university structures.
These undergraduate schools are, indeed, removed entirely from these graduate educational facilities, allowing them instead to concentrate more fully on the education of graduate students working in specialist fields and on advancing the content and quality of research.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is one such university. It opened in 2011 with the aim of conducting international education and research that can contribute to the development of science and technology in Japan and the rest of the world.

Although the OIST Graduate University has newly acquired university status, it has six years of proven performance as the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, and is already well known internationally, primarily for its unparalleled research and international workshops and courses.

Expectations for the OIST Graduate University are already high, thanks to the achievements of its predecessor. The achievement of university status means that the world-level research coming out of Okinawa, a small island off the Japanese mainland, will doubtless become better known internationally.

The OIST Graduate University is located in Okinawa, a set of islands with a subtropical climate. The Graduate University has comprehensive systems of support in place for research students, covering living expenses, healthcare, accommodation, and childcare, allowing students and researchers to concentrate fully on their academic activities.

The Graduate University also boasts a formidable faculty, comprising of top-level researchers from around the world, who are in a position to provide tailored and targeted support and supervision to students. The faculty–student ratio of 1–2 is an excellent indicator of the quality of supervision that can be expected.

Prominent scientists from Japan and overseas are also invited to the University to hold seminars and workshops, and there are multiple opportunities for joint research, interaction and exchange with top-level scientists and researchers across the world. Care is taken to ensure an appropriate balance between class time and laboratory-based research, and when in the laboratories students can undertake research while enjoying the benefits of healthy funding budgets and state-of-the-art facilities, alongside intimate supervision.

The PhD program offered at the OIST Graduate University is designed to allow all students to master both core knowledge and practical skills in their research field of choice, as well as build up the kind of international network that will be vital in their future career development as leading researchers.


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