Where is Okinawa?
OIST is located on the beautiful subtropical island of Okinawa (沖縄) in southern Japan, home to about 1.2 million residents. Okinawa, formerly part of the Ryukyu Kingdom, has a wonderfully distinct culture and atmosphere from the rest of Japan, and is well-known as a popular holiday destination. The institute is located in the seaside village of Onna (恩納村). Onna Village spans 27 km along the coast of the East China Sea in the central part of the island between the densely populated south and the wilderness of the north. The area around Onna Village offers stunning marine life and subtropical forests. Onna Village isn’t a big city, but for ecologists who like to be outdoors, it’s a great place to live and work!
Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school and research institute established with the aim to foster connectivity between the Japanese and International scientific communities. Over half of the researchers and students are from outside Japan and therefore all research and teaching are conducted in English.
The graduate school offers a 5-year PhD programme, recruiting 20-30 students per year. The first year of studies is dedicated to classes and rotations in three different OIST laboratories.