In December 2009, Tsinghua University established Mathematical Sciences Center, with internationally renowned mathematics master Professor Shing-Tung Yau appointed as the Director of the center. As a major strategic measure to support development in mathematics at Tsinghua University, the Ministry of Education officially approved the establishment of Yau Mathematical Sciences Center managed by Tsinghua University at the end of 2014. Under the leadership of Professor Shing-Tung Yau, YMSC has made substantial development in top talents recruitment, outstanding mathematical talents cultivation, cutting-edge scientific research and mathematical discipline construction, making it a world-class research center of significant international influence.
Upholding the ‘International, Open and Academic’ spirit, YMSC has attracted a large number of top mathematical scholars and cultivated a group of outstanding young talents. Mathematical research at YMSC covers mainly 5 major research areas and 3 crossdisciplinary research directions.
The fundamental task of the YMSC is to introduce high-level talents and bring up a new generation of world-leading mathematicians. YMSC has made remarkable achievements in faculty enrollment and development. In 2021, Caucher Birkar, winner of the 2018 Fields Medal, was introduced to YMSC as a professor. Up to now, there are 105 full-time faculty members and research fellows, including 20 full professors, 10 associate professors, 40 assistant professors, and 35 postdoctoral fellows working actively at YMSC.
Around faculty development and student cultivation, YMSC keeps exploring and innovating the modes of mathematical talents selection and cultivation. It has established a series of talent selection and communication platforms including "S. T. Yau High School Science Award", " S.-T. Yau College student Mathematics Contests ", "New World Mathematics Award", "ICCM Medal of Mathematics", "Distinguished Lectures", "Master Forums", " International Chinese Mathematical Union" and " International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians ". In addition, it has signed Memoranda of Understanding with relevant departments of nearly 30 world top universities and research institutes, such as Harvard University, Stanford University and Oxford University. More than 300 mathematicians as well as experts and scholars in related areas visit YMSC each year for exchange and communication. It has also hosted many important international academic conferences at Tsinghua University or Tsinghua Sanya International Mathematical Forum. A large number of academicians in various countries as well as winners of the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal and Wolf Prize have visited YMSC for communication and speech delivery.
Today, mathematical sciences are facing with unprecedented development opportunities, with strong supports from the Tsinghua University. YMSC is determined to cultivate top math talents, achieve cutting-edge original research results and build a most advanced mathematical sciences research center, in a bid to make Tsinghua University one of the most prestigious university in the world.