The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) was founded on October 1, 1988 as one of the national universities of Japan. The basic idea of SOKENDAI is to develop a new system of postgraduate education in Japan. The characteristic features are as follows:
Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) is one of the leading research institutes for natural science. For graduate education, IMS has two departments of The Graduate University of Advanced Studies [SOKENDAI];
The graduate education at IMS focuses on the molecular sciences. For the interdisciplinary approach to the molecular sciences, IMS has strong faculty in broad fields, including chemical sciences, physical sciences, and biosciences. Each graduate student can study molecular science under guidance of those faculty members.
IMS is especially strong in the following areas: