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Inauguration of ENS Paris-Saclay

Paris-Saclay Article published on 11 November 2021 , Updated on 16 November 2021

On Tuesday 9 November 2021, the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, inaugurated ENS Paris-Saclay’s new campus. After four years of work, the school moved from Cachan to the Plateau de Saclay in 2020. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the project’s architect, Renzo Piano.

From left to right: Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay,
Renzo Piano, the project’s architect, Pierre-Paul Zalio, President of ENS Paris-Saclay
and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Pierre-Paul Zalio, President of ENS Paris-Saclay, highlighted that the campus had been designed to create transparency between teaching, research, innovation, the arts and design at the school.

For Renzo Piano, a leading figure in world architecture, conveying the school in a building and a garden meant combining excellence and beauty. Both the guests attending the inauguration and those who live on or have visited the campus since it opened a few months ago agreed that the architect’s challenge had been met. The Minister described the project as an “architectural gem” and highlighted the vocation of ENS Paris-Saclay and its key role in the success of Université Paris-Saclay.

9 November 2021, inauguration of the ENS Paris-Saclay campus


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Students in 2020: 1,647
Doctoral students: 285
Lecturers and researchers: 294
Administrative and technical staff members: 220

The École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay is a grande école for careers in research and higher education. It is a highly selective institution that offers pre-doctoral courses in basic sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, social sciences and applied arts. 80% of its students go on to pursue a PhD.

The school also offers several unique interdisciplinary study tracks on subjects including quantum technology (ARTEQ), Artificial Intelligence (ARIA) and research/creation (ARRC), as well as immersive experiences in some of the world’s top universities’ laboratories (ARPE).