OIST is suspending all community relations activities until April 30th, 2020 in order to follow the guidelines on public gatherings during the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.
The following community relations activities have been suspended.
- Guided Campus Tour, Unguided Campus Tour, Weekend Tour
- School Visits *
- Group Tours
Currently, we have decided to suspend reservations until April 30th, 2020.
Please check this website again, as the information will be updated in mid-April. We appreciate your understanding.
* We will accept School Visit reservations after September 2020.
Please check the "School Visits" page. Please understand that with the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, your visit may be cancelled even after making a reservation. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.
For a list of the latest announcements about OIST response to COVID-19 go to
OIST COVID-19 Latest Measure
OIST in the Local Community
OIST is a graduate university open to the local community, and part of its mission is to contribute to the development of Okinawa. The Community Relations Section contributes to this goal by strengthening ties with the surrounding community through programs.
Campus Tour with Staff Guides
The Community Relations section offers guided campus tours for individuals and customized tours for industry, government, and local organizations.
Weekend Tours with Student Guides
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, students lead tours of the OIST campus. The guides are current OIST students who study and do research at the university.
Student-led weekend tours begin in July 2017.
By bringing local students to OIST, the University hopes to spark students' interest in science and technology with the hope that more young people will consider science careers. At the same, the University hopes that introducing students to a truly international education and research environment will increase their motivation to study English. The University also provides a visit program targeted at designated "Super Science High Schools" outside the prefecture and schools with special courses in science and technology.
Science Festival at OIST
Science Festival is an annual event open to all residents of Okinawa. This event aims to increase understanding of the University by giving Okinawa's citizens the chance to directly experience the latest in science and technology and a get glimpse of OIST research activities.
Science Festival 2017 scheduled for November 19th, 2017
Details coming soon
This event is designed to promote senior high school students’ hands-on science education and interest in entrepreneurship, as well as support the approach "English-Oriented Prefecture Okinawa."
Events for Children
To inspire enthusiasm for science in younger children, the Community Relations Section proactively participates in local science events and sponsors programs like the "Children's School of Science," an annual experimental science class for Onna Village elementary students. The Section also brings the fascination of science to remote islands and schools through on-site science lectures and participatory, hands-on classes.
Cultural events like Jazz and Classical music concerts and art exhibitions serve to enrich the surrounding area while bringing local residents to campus and deepening their relationship with the University.