OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolution, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics, OIST is bringing some of the best minds in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science, education and innovation are done in the global academic world.