Community Activities

To OIST Visitors

The measles outbreak in Okinawa continues. It will be officially over 28 days after the last reported case, but at the moment testing is taking some time. This probably means that it will continue until at least the end of June. If you are coming to OIST over the next few months it would be sensible to consider the following information:

  1. There has been a measles outbreak in Okinawa since March 2018 with about 90 confirmed cases, so far we have 2 confirmed cases associated with the OIST campus.
  2. Travel to OIST is not recommended for pregnant women, those with a compromised immune system, or unvaccinated small children.
  3. If you are not sure about your measles immune status, please consider taking a vaccination, which will take up to 14 days to become fully effective.

    Thank you,

    Communication and Public Relations Division
    Community Relations Section

    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.

    Student Tour Guides

    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.

    OIST Weekend Tours (Every 2nd and 4th Saturday)

    School Visits

    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.

    School Visit Details

    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.

    Check Science Festival FY2016

    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."

    Read about SCORE!

    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.

    Check the OIST Calendar

    Cultural E​vents

    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.

    Check the OIST Calendar