8 | IHES Annual Report 2020
RECOGNITION FOR UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY
Every year since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has published a ranking of universities by discipline in June, followed by a ranking of the top 1,000 universities in the world in August. The Shanghai ranking recognizes the main higher education institutions aboard the 17,000 universities listed in the world. It takes into account six criteria, including the number of Nobel prizes and Fields medals, the number of highly cited researchers in their discipline and the number of publications in two scientific journals, Nature and Science.
In the ranking by discipline, Université Paris-Saclay, of which IHES is a founding member, was ranked 1st in the world in mathematics and 9th in physics. This distinction is a true recognition of the excellence of the research conducted at Université Paris-Saclay, and more particularly in its nine mathematics laboratories, including the Alexander Grothendieck Laboratory associated with the Institute.
In the overall ranking, Université Paris-Saclay, officially created on January 1, 2020, was ranked 14th among internationally recognized institutions. This is the first time that a French university features in the top 15 of the Shanghai ranking.
To celebrate these excellent results, Prime Minister Jean Castex and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, visited the Université Paris-Saclay campus on September 9. They were welcomed by Sylvie Retailleau, University President, and by the new prefect of Essonne, Eric Jalon and they met with students as well as academics from various university departments. In particular, they met with several representatives of the mathematical community, whom they were particularly keen to congratulate: Emmanuel Ullmo, Director of IHES, Pierre Pansu, Director of the Graduate School of Mathematics, Frédéric Rousset, Director of the Laboratoire de Mathématiques d'Orsay, Pascal Massart, Director of the Mathematical Foundation Jacques Hadamard, Nicolas Vayatis, Director of the Borelli Center at ENS Paris-Saclay and Maxim Kontsevich, Fields medalist, IHES permanent professor.
From left to right: Pascal Massart, Nicolas Vayatis, Emmanuel Ullmo, Jean Castex, Maxim Kontsevich, Frédérique Vidal and Sylvie Retailleau