History

Jun Former Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs and Former Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Koji Omi announces a plan to establish a new graduate university in Okinawa.
Aug First meeting of the study committee, chaired by Dr. Akito Arima, former President of the University of Tokyo
Apr First meeting of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) held in Los Angeles, participants including nine prominent scientists, three of whom are Nobel Laureates
May On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa, Prime Minister Koizumi announces the government will promote the project to establish a new graduate university in Okinawa.
Jan Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi states in his keynote address to the Diet that the Japanese government will promote the project.
Apr The site in Onna Village is selected as a venue for the campus.
Jun First meeting of the Council takes place in Tokyo.
Oct First international symposium takes place at Bankoku Shinryokan in Okinawa.
Feb Four proposals for the Initial Research Project (IRP) are selected as preliminary research projects for the graduate university.
Mar First international workshop takes place in Okinawa.
Jul First meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) takes place in Tokyo.
Dec Ministers agree to establish a new research institute in September 2005, as an organization leading up to the new graduate university.
Mar Japanese Diet approves a bill to establish Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation (OIST P.C.) as the organization to prepare the graduate university.
Aug Dr. Sydney Brenner designated as the first President of OIST P.C.
Sep Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Promotion Corporation (OIST P.C.) receives legal status of an Independent Administrative Institution.
Jan The first BOG meeting since the establishment of OIST P.C. takes place in San Francisco.
Apr The facility Hakuun-so is renovated and renamed Seaside House.
Apr Groundbreaking ceremony takes place at the main campus site.
Jul The Blueprint for the OIST Graduate University is approved.
Nov Seaside Faculty Housing is completed.
Mar Submission of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Bill to the Diet.
Jun The House of Representatives unanimously passes the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Bill on 11 June 2009.
Jul The House of Councilors unanimously passes the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Bill on 3 July 2009.
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Act is enacted on 10 July 2009.
Oct First meeting of the Establishing Members for OIST takes place in Tokyo.
Mar The use of Laboratory 1 and the Center Building commences.
Jul Prof. Jonathan Dorfan selected as the first President of the new Graduate University.
Aug The first Onna/OIST Children's School of Science takes place at Tancha Community Center.
Oct Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) issues accreditation certificates for OIST School Corporation and Graduate University.
Nov Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Inauguration
Feb Completion of the Auditorium
Jun Completion of Laboratory 2
Sep OIST Graduate Program Commencement
Aug Completion of the Child Development Center
Apr Completion of Laboratory 3
Jul Inauguration of the OIST Marine Science Station at Seragaki
Jan Appointment of Dr. Peter Gruss as President of OIST Graduate University
Nov Presentation of the Japanese award Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to President Emeritus Dr. Jonathan Dorfan
Feb OIST Inaugural Graduation Ceremony