Communication and Public Relations Division

The Communication and Public Relations Division (CPR) promotes understanding, appreciation, and support for OIST through external relations, professional media and marketing communications campaigns, with emphasis on digital, social and multimedia. The Division works to further the university's mission by engaging a broad audience that includes the general public of Okinawa and Japan, domestic and international scientific communities, government and funding agencies, industry and business development leaders, and students all over the world who are considering graduate careers in science and technology. The Division also fosters communication and cooperation within the graduate university through strategic internal communications. Output is delivered in both English and Japanese.

CPR Division has the following strategic priorities in 2020/21:

  1. Make OIST achievements more visible and relevant to audiences in international science, industry, the Japanese public, and political stakeholders in Tokyo, Naha and Onna.
  2. Find opportunities to demonstrate tangible contributions by OIST to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Okinawa which are also significant to audiences outside of Okinawa for their scientific value, creativity, and originality.
  3. Promote OIST achievements in driving entrepreneurship and in translating basic science into breakthrough innovation.
  4. Promote the distinctiveness and difference of the OIST mission and location, the diversity of the community, and the degree to which OIST provides an exemplar and unique and positive challenge to research and graduate education in Japan.

The Assistant to the Vice President is Ms. ITO Sanae.

CPR VP Office

In addition to Media Relations, Community Relations, Translation and Interpretation, and Digital Content, Brand and Design, the Vice President directly oversees a team tasked with copywriting/proofreading, internal communication and staff engagement.

 
 
Sanae Ito
Assistant To VP CPR
 
 
Virginia Houk
Internal Comms Lead
 
 
Amy (Pei Chen) King
Editorial Service
 
 
Tina Mularski
Specialist

Media Relations

The Media Relations Section handles press relations and assists the Vice-President in managing institutional reputation.

 
 
Tomomi Okubo
Section Manager
 
 
Kyoji Nakao
Specialist
 
 
Kaori Serakaki
Graphic Designer
 
 
Lucy Dickie
Fellow
 
 
Danielle Ellenby
Fellow

Digital Content, Brand and Design

The Digital Content, Brand and Design Section undertakes web design, web development, user training, and content strategy and management.

 
 
Micheal Cooper
Section Manager
 
 
Chris Wu
Web Developer
 
 
Andrew Scott
Media Sepecialist
 
 
Jeffery Prine
Graphic Designer

Community Relations

The Community Relations Section manages tours, exhibitions, and community and educational programs, including Open Campus, the Children's School of Science, and school visits.

 
 
Tomohiko Teruya
Section Manager
 
 
Miki Nakazato
Admin
 
 
Kennosuke Arime
Admin

Translation and Interpretation

Translation and Interpretation Team members can be found providing simultaneous interpretation work for numerous meetings and lectures and as well as written translation work for almost all the materials that come out of CPR as well as some work requested by other divisions.

 
 
Mari Takenouchi
Translator / Interpretor
 
 
Akiko Ringdahl
Translator / Interpretor