OIST 10th Anniversary

Anniversary News

Press release
Press release

OIST History Book

From the beginning, OIST, with its commitment to transdisciplinary knowledge creation, innovation, and its historic resolve to find a home in Okinawa, has had an important story to share.

This flagship book is an oral history as told by 50+ people. It will be a testament to how far OIST has come, and to our potential for the many more decades to come.

Anniversary Events

Exhibition
Exhibition

From the President

Dr. Peter Gruss

President and CEO of OIST

After ten years, we are building on strong foundations and making bold steps toward our mission of becoming a global leader in cross-disciplinary research.

About OIST

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

OIST is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering a five-year PhD program in Science. We focus on excellence in research, education, and innovation fostering new ways of working that transcend the traditional boundaries that divide scientific disciplines within a fully international environment, recruiting outstanding faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff from around the world.

OIST was founded by the Japanese government to contribute to the advancement and self-sustaining developing of Okinawa and to the development of science and technology worldwide. Our vision is the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

Facts & Figures

Research

82
faculty
82
units

Employees

41%
international
54%
women

Students

226
total
42%
women

Innovation

149
active patents
5
startups

Our History

In the ten years since its inauguration, OIST has grown rapidly in size and reputation. Scroll down to see milestones in our development.

Jun. 2001
Announcement of a new international graduate university in Okinawa
Sydney Brenner
Appointed president of OIST "Promotion Corporation"
First lab opened in Onna-son
Jonathan Dorfan
Appointed 1st president of the university
University accredited
Lab 2 Opened
First graduate students accepted
Lab 3 Opened
Marine Science Station opened
Peter Gruss
appointed 2nd president of the university
First PhDs graduated
I2 Innovation Incubator established
Lab 4 Opened
10th anniversary of OIST

Salutes & Tributes

Anniversary Campaign

Innovating the Future

In its first ten years, OIST has made extraordinary progress in becoming a world-leading, cross-disciplinary institution that fosters the innovation needed to solve our most urgent problems in Okinawa, Japan, and around the world. You can help OIST to achieve even greater impact in the next decades by contributing to the 10th Anniversary Campaign.