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American physicist chosen to be OIST’s first president

Date Posted: 2010-07-15

An internationally renowned physicist – professor at California’s Stanford University has been chosen as the Okinawa Institution of Science and Technology (OIST) graduate school president.

Professor Jonathan Dorfan has contributed to proving the Nobel Prize winning theory on elementary particles of Makoto Kobayashi and Toshi Masukawa, who received the prize in 2008. The 62-year-old Dorfan will head the OIST, which is designed to be the world’s best institution for research in the sciences. “To become the president of this high level graduate university is a great position, and this chance comes only once in a lifetime,” says Dorfan, “and I am happy to support the leading edge studies expected” of OIST. Dorfan is currently working in Stanford’s linear accelerator center.

“It’s just the first abig step,” says Seiji Maehara, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. “The graduate university located in Okinawa is a great achievement for Okinawa, and I will do my best to support it.” The graduate university will offer a five-year doctorate, with students in each grade level limited to 20. The OIST will have 50 professors on staff.

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