Organization and Governance of NM-AIST
Being a public institution, the organization structure of NM-AIST (depicted in Fig. 3) is fairly generic. It comprises a Chancellor who is the head of the institution, a Governing Council which is the highest policy organ, a Vice Chancellor who is the chief executive officer and is assisted by two deputies. The institution is designed to rest on four structural pillars, namely: schools, departments and research chairs for teaching and learning, and research and innovations; and an ICT Resource Centre to ensure efficiency of internal operations and easy connection to the international community to facilitate tapping into the wealth of knowledge and expertise at global level. Two other structural pillars are being developed, namely: an ECO Park to facilitate harnessing of the immense bio-diversity of plants, animals and microbes, starting with a medicinal research garden at the start-up Tengeru campus; and technology-cum-business incubators to stimulate and catalyze the development and growth of the local industry. The organization structure provides for access to advisory services from regional and international bodies, and the establishment of international advisory committees for the various fields handled by NM-AIST. In addition to the Council, NM-AIST has two other main organs at institutional level, namely; the Senate, and the Board of Trustees for its Endowment Fund for Excellence.