OIST President Peter Gruss welcomes the class of 2018 “You have a wonderful opportunity at OIST to try new things and explore new scientific disciplines,” said OIST President Peter Gruss. “You have a wonderful opportunity at OIST to try new things and explore new scientific disciplines,” said OIST President Peter Gruss. Date: 05 September 2018 Copyright OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, 沖縄科学技術大学院大学). Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Download full-resolution image Tags Students Campus Life Events Share on: Related Images Ankur Dhar, Chair of the Student council addresses the class of 2018 Ankur Dhar, Chair of the Student council encouraged the new students to explore the opportunities offered by OIST and Okinawa during their time here. Okinawan Eisa Dance Traditional Okinawan Eisa Dance performed by local artists Children with robots OIST student Miles Desforges shows children how robots sense the world around them. Smoke rings James Schloss, a PhD student at OIST, pushes "smoke rings" toward the audience during his talk on physics. OIST's Fourth Class of PhD Students The class of 2015. 24 students, representing 15 countries and one region. Ten of the students have a background in life or environmental sciences, while 14 have studied engineering or physical sciences.