1921: founded by Mr. Tan Kah Kee

1937: received its charter as a public university

1952: designated a comprehensive university for natural and social sciences

1963: designated a national key university

1986: initial trials of XMU Graduate School

1995: listed under the State “211 project”

2000: listed under the State “985 Project”

2004: granted status of “National Vice-Ministerial Level University”