OIST was initiated with an act of the Japanese Diet in 2009. The broad aims for OIST in that legislation were to provide internationally distinguished research and education and contribute to the promotion of Okinawa. The guiding principles and strategic goals detailed in the OIST Strategic Plan 2020-2030 are true to that original goal.
The OIST Strategic Plan 2020-2030, available for download in summary and full versions below, was developed between August 2018 and May 2019 by open consultation within OIST, through task forces and working groups that involved directly more than 100 OIST members. There were many focus group and individual discussions with our external and internal advisors. There was a series of well-attended open meetings to keep people informed and to allow comments, ask questions and make suggestions. All documents were shared on the OIST internal website for comments. Finally, the strategy was discussed with the Board of Councilors, the Board of Governors and with others inside and outside OIST. It was endorsed by the Board of Governors at its meeting in May 2019.
Two versions of the Strategic Plan are available: a 26-page brief extract with added interviews and information and the full 136-page document.