Dean, Graduate School of Science and Technology
In 1991, the Graduate School of Information Science was established, simultaneously to the foundation of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST). In the following year, the Graduate School of Biosciences was established, while the Graduate School of Materials Science was established in 1996. These three schools became the educational structure that has supported NAIST's education and research efforts. However, recent advancements at the frontiers of science and technology and the development of interdisciplinary fields of study have surpassed our initial expectations. In order to fortify NAIST to flexibly face the challenges of this revolutionary era, we have modified our institutional structure by merging the three original graduate schools into the Graduate School of Science and Technology. In April 2018, after the merge was complete, I was named the first Dean of this new graduate school.
The Graduate School of Science and Technology performs innovative research lying outside of the traditional areas of science and technology and pursues the fusion of different research fields across the boundaries of academic specializations. In addition to the three Educational Programs based on our original core disciplines, Information Science and Engineering, Biological Science and Materials Science and Engineering, four interdisciplinary programs aimed at producing skilled engineers in interdisciplinary fields, Computational Biology, Bionanotechnology, Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems and Data Science, have been established to provide the necessary education to develop diverse human resources. With the now seven Educational Programs, education for students from various backgrounds is provided.
Now, more than ever, NAIST is actively advancing its industry-government-academia collaboration and strengthening its international networks and collaborative activities. Taking advantage of NAIST's strongpoints and keeping in mind the motto of 'leading at the forefronts,' we are prepared to strive forward in both education and research. We invite you to join our endeavor for excellence and enthusiastically support of the future activities of the Graduate School of Science and Technology.