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.
YMSC treats faculty development and student cultivation as its fundamental tasks. In the past ten years, YMSC has attracted 62 full-time faculty members with strong support from Tsinghua University, including 10 foreign faculty members. Among those faculty members, 39 of them are under the age of thirty-five. Currently, YMSC has 35 postdoctoral researchers, 8 of which are foreigners. It has 42 registered PhD candidates and 15 undergraduates at Yau Math Talents Undergraduate Program. In 2018, YMSC launched PhD Program in Mathematics for International Students.
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.
As mathematical sciences are facing an unprecedented historical opportunity, YMSC will uphold the development principle of innovation and long-term development, serve the national strategic needs, aim at world's science and technology frontier, encourage both faculty members and students to make concerted efforts, continue to make breakthroughs in first-class innovative talents cultivation, international original scientific research, mathematical discipline construction and faculty development . YMSC will endeavor to build a first-class mathematics center and a first-class discipline in the world.