The Annual SIGMA Research Symposium 2023 was held at the Hitotsubashi Hall

On May 11-12, 2023, Hitotsubashi University co-hosted a research symposium with Singapore Management University and Université Paris-Dauphine (France) as part of SIGMA, a global university partnership of nine social science universities from around the world.


The symposium, the first trial of its kind for SIGMA, was held under the theme of “Ageing and Well-being over the Life Course” at the Hitotsubashi Hall. A total of 43 researchers presented their research, both in person and online.


The symposium opened with the opening remarks by Prof. Atsushi Yamada (Vice President of Hitotsubashi University), Prof. Motohiro Sato (Dean of the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University), Prof. Najat El Mekkaoui (Université Paris-Dauphine) and Prof. Pauline Straughan (Singapore Management University).   After the remarks, Mr. Tadashi Yokoyama (Counselor to the Chief Cabinet Secretary for Policy Management, Cabinet Office) gave a keynote speech titled “Well-being and Quality of Life in Japan: Annual Survey by the Cabinet Office and Some Other Topics.”


46 participants from 17 countries engaged in discussions in research presentation sessions and a policy roundtable followed by the keynote speech.


Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Visiting Associate Professor of the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, and Dr. Thomas Rouyard, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor of the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, presented “A systematic review and meta-analysis of unmet needs for healthcare and long-term care among older people” and “Reducing sedentary behavior and physical inactivity in the workplace: an umbrella review” respectively.


This symposium was in conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Pension, Insurance, and Savings, organized by LEDA DIAL, the Université Paris-Dauphine, EMEA, EMANES and NOVA IMS of the University of Lisbon.


Please refer to the program and presentation materials at the following URL


SIGMA (Societal Impact and Global Management Alliance) is a global university alliance launched in 2016. Nine universities from around the world participate in SIGMA. The participating universities share common strengths in research and education in management and business and have earned a global reputation in these areas. Each university aspires to become a university that makes a social impact. Through SIGMA, the universities are working together to promote research, educational exchange, and collaboration.


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Presentation Session


Policy Roundtable



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