International Graduate School Administration Forum at OIST


*Deadline Extended to March 3rd, 2024*


Event Summary

Since opening in 2012, OIST Graduate University has attracted more than 300 outstanding students from around the world. In doing so, OIST has developed a  truly international graduate school, requiring constant effort in overcoming the challenges that entails. OIST, as a graduate university without departments, faces difficulties in recruiting young talent, when compared to universities organized along more traditional lines. As competition to attract international students intensifies, what strategies and mechanisms are required to continue to attract and retain outstanding students from Japan and overseas? In addition to provision of advanced education and research facilities and a good living environment, internationally competitive student support is critical to the success of our students. The professional staff of the OIST Graduate School find their varied skills, knowledge, and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, cultivated through their extensive overseas experience, invaluable in assisting students as they navigate their path to a PhD degree. It is of the utmost importance that a graduate school provide international students with the necessary support and resources to enable them to concentrate on their studies, but furthermore this effort should have benefits for students that go beyond graduation. To ensure students ultimately find their place in their chosen fields, what strategies and effective career guidance should be provided to help students develop their career paths and professional networks? The International Graduate School Administration Forum will explore the initiatives taken at OIST, and how to overcome common challenges faced by international graduate schools critical to raising and maintaining global reputation and visibility.  It will also serve as a great opportunity for future collaboration among Japanese Universities collectively striving to become internationally recognized institutions dedicated to their students’ success.    

Event Information

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, 9:00-17:00 / Friday, March 15, 9:00-12:00

Venue: OIST Main Campus

Eligible Participants: Managerial level and above, including team leaders (Capacity 30)

Event Content: Student Recruiting, Admissions, Academic Affairs, Student Support, Professional and Career Development, and more

Language: Japanese and English

Participation Fee: Free

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Februrary 20 (or as soon as the capacity is met)  ➡ Sunday, March 3rd, 2024


Program (Tentative)

International Graduate School Administration Forum at OIST                           

OIST Presenters


  • Dr. Karin Markides, President
  • Dr. Thomas Busch, Dean of the Graduate School
  • Dr. Simon Hall, Vice Dean of the Graduate School
  • Ms. Rie Ishikawa, Assistant Manager of Academic Affairs Section
  • Ms. Kozue Higashionna, Senior Manager of Curriculum and Programs Section
  • Mr. Toshinori Matsui, Manager of Registrar Section
  • Mr. Yuuki Guzman, Manager of Admissions and Outreach Section
  • Ms. Midori Morinaga, Manager of Student Affairs Section
  • Team Leaders and GS Staff

Thursday, March 14

09:00-09:30      Coffee and Registration     
09:30-10:00      Welcome by President and Intro to OIST by Dean of the Graduate School 
10:00-10:45      Academics      
10:45-11:15      Coffee Break    
11:15-12:00      Student Support  
12:00-13:30      Lunch   

13:30-14:00      OIST and World   
14:00-14:30      Admissions/Recruiting  
14:30-15:00      Professional Career Development   
15:00-15:30      Coffee Break     
15:30-16:00      Structure of Graduate School
16:00-16:30      Final Words and Future

Friday, March 15

09:00-10:30      Campus Facility Tour
10:30-12:00      Meetings (by Request)


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