Message from Director


A year and half has already passed since the opening of the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in April of 2016. We are nearly finished with the preparation stage and are now putting significant efforts into the operation of our international research activities.

We currently have five tenure-track researchers: one full professor, three associate professors, and one assistant professor, as well as two post-doctoral researchers who are working together with the tenure-track researchers. In addition, we have employed two part-time distinguished professors, one from the Hungarian Academy of Science and another from Peking University, and we are continuing to recruit even more distinguished professors. To initiate additional collaboration, we have twenty one visiting professors from top global universities and institutions from around the world. We hope to see them to join the IROAST team as additional part-time distinguished professors.

We have been vigorously promoting our partnership with the International Collaborative Research Group for Science and Technology, which opened in Kumamoto University in 2013. All of the group members are working as IROAST’s adjunct professors and are collaborating on international research projects with IROAST faculty and our visiting professors.

The major mission of IROAST is the sustainable extension of cutting-edge research activities and the continuation of “brain circulation” to foster excellent young researchers. As director, it is my great pleasure to bring significant innovation to Kumamoto University through the management and operation of this research organization to see what we can achieve together.

Dr. Takashi Hiyama, Professor Emeritus of Kumamoto University
Distinguished Professor
Priority Organization for Innovation and Excellence
Kumamoto University
E-mail: hiyama[at]cs.kumamoto-u.ac.jp
URL: http://www.cs.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/hiyama/