Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) is a Japanese national university* located in Kansai Science City, a border region between Nara, Osaka, and Kyoto. Founded in 1991, NAIST consists solely of graduate schools in three integrated areas: information science, biological sciences, and materials science.
Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), a national graduate university without undergraduate departments, promotes cutting-edge research, offers advanced education based on research accomplishments, trains human resources, and thereby contributes to the progress of science and technology and social development. To this end, NAIST defines its diploma policy as follows.
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NAIST offers a range of support for international students' life at the university, including free Japanese classes, social events and excursions, and counseling services.
NAIST's campus is located in a pleasant rural area within historic Nara Prefecture, with the nearest station only 40 minutes by train from the major cities of Osaka and Kyoto
The staff of the International Student Affairs Section are there to help international students in all aspects of their daily lives, from language and communications to physical and mental health issues as well as studies
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The Health Care Center is primarily responsible for maintaining and promoting the physical and mental health of students. It offers annual health examinations, health consultations and medication for faculty/staff and students. Examination rooms, student lounges, and a rest area are also provided.
NAIST is active in the local community in order to raise awareness of scientific research among the general public. To achieve this, NAIST holds an Open Campus event during the Takayama Science Festival at Takayama Science Plaza, a facility next to NAIST built to encourage interaction between culture and technology. The university also holds open lectures for the general public and industry to promote a better understanding of its work. Many past open lectures can be accessed by members of the public via the Internet.
NAIST has a vibrant international community of researchers and students that is growing every year. The majority of overseas researchers come on exchange agreements from Asia, Europe, and North America, but some also come from Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East. Nearly half (65 out of 137) stayed for long-term exchanges of more than a month in 2010.
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