President Satoshi Nakano attends SIGMA meeting at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

President Satoshi Nakano, and Vice President Atsushi Yamada (in charge of international affairs), participated online in the Social Impact and Global Management Alliance (SIGMA) meeting on May 13, 2022 at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

The nine-member universities of SIGMA have strong management faculties and MBA courses, and seek to enhance education, research and cooperative exchanges. Having highly regarded research and education programs, SIGMA aims to enhance and encourage global partnerships.

Approximately 20 representatives including presidents and vice presidents in charge of international cooperation, exchanged their opinions on further promoting the SIGMA member universities’ pioneering research and education efforts.

SIGMA member universities have developed an online-based course in English, in addition to the existing course on the SDGs, a new course on Digital Transformation (DX) will be offered this year. The first half of the course will consist of relay-style lectures from SIGMA member universities, and the second half will be an “active learning” course in which students will work in teams with students from other universities to create short videos and other products for presentation. Both courses are scheduled to be offered in the Autumn quarter as one of the Global Education Portfolio (GEP) programs, and the Educational Affairs Division will provide information of how to register in due course.

At the meeting, the university representatives agreed to encourage further research and educational cooperation among the SIGMA member universities.

The following are the member universities of SIGMA, as of May 2022 (* indicates universities that have a student exchange agreement with Hitotsubashi University): Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)*, ESADE Business School (Spain)*, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), Hitotsubashi University, Paris Dauphine University (France)*, Renmin University of China*, Singapore Management University*, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)*, and Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austlia)*.

President Nakano (top left) and other participants in SIGMA meeting

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