Every year, business leaders of Okinawa and mainland Japan participate in the Okinawa Forum, which was launched on October 9, 1990 to develop exchange among its members and to promote Okinawa’s economic and cultural development.
The Inauguration’s keynote speaker Dr. Charles Vest, President of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, gave an inspiring speech based on his experience as past President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Akito Arima’s passion for seeing Japanese universities becoming truly international institutions was echoed in his thorough speech that reflected his efforts, and that of the National Diet, the government and industry.
The buzzword around OIST is NEW, new buildings coming up, new name, new logo, new website and now a new OIST Facebook page. On 1st November 2011, OIST joined the huge worldwide Facebook community with its new graduate university page, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
The mention of quantum computers can seem like something from the realm of science fiction. However, according to research being conducted by Dr. Denis Konstantinov, OIST’s Associate Professor at the Quantum Dynamics Unit, this seemingly fictional idea can become reality.
OIST’s Physics and Biology unit researcher Dr. Eddy Taillefer received an Excellent Paper award during the International Conference on Computer Engineering and Bioinformatics (ICCEB) held on 21-22nd October 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Mitsuhiro Yanagida, Principal Investigator at OIST's G0 Cell Unit, proposes that some food compounds - metabolites - found in local Okinawan plants and fruits such as, Ukon (turmeric) and Tankan (a Japanese citrus fruit) likely activate genes found to increase life span.