NAIST was established in 1991 with the aim of conducting advanced research and educating scientists and technologists to support the development of society. It comprises the Graduate School of Information Science, the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and the Graduate School of Materials Science. Current enrollment is approximately 1,000 students, around 14% of whom come from overseas. There is a strong emphasis on integrated research and on collaborative projects with industry and governmental organizations, supported by the large number of prestigious companies and institutions located in Kansai Science City.