The 1st Hitotsubashi Global Advisory Board Meeting Was Held

The 1st Hitotsubashi Global Advisory Board meeting was held online on Friday, January 6, 2023

Hitotsubashi University has set up the Global Advisory Board as a council to provide the President with necessary advice on university administration and research and educational activities from an international perspective. The first meeting of the Advisory Board was held online on Friday, January 6, 2023.


Comprised of three external members and the President of Hitotsubashi University, the Global Advisory Board is designed to engage in substantial discussion as a small group. External members are appointed from those who have experience as president or vice president of SIGMA member universities and other leading foreign institutions. Professor Arnoud De Meyer (former President of Singapore Management University), Professor Edeltraud Hannapi-Egger (Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business), and Professor Leslie Hannah (former Pro-Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science) attended the meeting.


The first meeting was themed on enhancing international research competitiveness and discussed how to attract international faculty, how to measure research capabilities and which performance indicators to focus on, and how to evaluate faculty members to motivate them and increase their international competitiveness.


The external members noted that salary is not the sole important factor for attracting young researchers and stressed the importance of offering mentoring, family and life support, and an environment to enable researchers to focus on their research. It was pointed out that building attractive research teams where young researchers would want to be assigned was also effective. Specific case examples were shared to explain how some institutions succeeded in bringing out and enhancing research outcomes by identifying certain themes or issues as strategic priorities and allocating resource and incentives accordingly.


Hitotsubashi University will further enhance its international research competitiveness in light of the discussions of the Advisory Board meeting.


Screenshot from the Global Advisory Board online meeting

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