On September 1, the 6th OIST Welcoming Ceremony took place with the record number of 37 new doctoral students selected among nearly 400 candidates, aiming for the enrollment of 5 year PhD program.
The 37 students from 19 countries and regions introduced themselves, telling the audience about their research background in various areas of the world. The first Italian student, Salvatore Lacava (24) said, “I was attracted to be able to make an interdisciplinary research. I would like to advance my research on neuroscience field.”
President Peter Gruss stressed, “To become the best university, we need to attract the best students. Encouraging the students, he added, “Solving various global issues such as climate change, increasing energy demand, aging society, etc. would depend upon your generation’s creativity and intelligence.”
Representing the Students’ Council, Sandrine Burriel (40) gave a welcoming speech with advice, “Before being a good scientist, be a good person. Be kind to Okinawa, OIST visitors, your peers, and yourself.”