OIST Welcomes its 7th Graduate Class
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) welcomed its 2018 cohort of PhD students on September 3, 2018. In a true representation of OIST’s global culture, the new students come from 15 different countries and regions across the globe, and include for the first time, students from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and Vietnam.
At the welcome ceremony, OIST President Peter Gruss addressed the new students, emphasizing the core values that the University prides itself for- excellent science, multidisciplinary research, commitment to students and diversity of its community. “We as a research university aspire to educate the future leaders in science and technology,” he said.
“Science is very integrated in the social life and our university is doing its best to make a valuable and profound contribution,” said Ulf Skoglund, the Dean of Graduate School. In his speech, he advised students to develop both professional and personal networks with their colleagues and peers.
Ankur Dhar, the Chair of the Student Council, urged all the new students to explore the multitude of opportunities that both OIST and Okinawa have to offer. “What you do outside of the lab is just as important to your success here as what you do inside,” he said. He highlighted the role and support of the Okinawan communities in making OIST a success and encouraged the students to engage and participate in the community activities of OIST.
In between the speeches, the new students introduced themselves, sharing with the audience their backgrounds and research interests. The ceremony concluded with an energetic performance of the traditional Okinawan Eisa dance by local artists.