Last Saturday was the first Graduation Ceremony at OIST and it capped my contribution to the university. It was a moving event for me. I came to OIST in January 2011 and there was not much here; a couple of hundred employees, little administrative set up, no rules or regulations, no students, no accreditation as a university, no communication strategy etc etc; but huge ambition and energy.
7 years later, we have an extraordinary campus that is expanding rapidly, are recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities , on Saturday we graduated our first class of students. Yay!
I has been a rare privilege to have been able to contribute. Thank you Japan, thank you Okinawa, thank you all my amazing colleagues at OIST.
Read Sophie’s excellent story.