NAIST was established in 1991 with the aim of conducting advanced research and educating scientists and technologists to support the development of society and is comprised of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, which focuses on the areas of information, biological, and materials sciences, and the development of their interdisciplinary fields. 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. Current enrollment is approximately 1,000 students, around 20% of whom come from overseas.