1921: founded by Mr. Tan Kah Kee.
1937: became state-owned university.
1952: designated as a comprehensive university.
1963: designated as a national key university directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
1986: initial trial of XMU Graduate School.
1995: listed among the national “211 Project”.
2000: listed among the national “985 Project”.
2016: Xiamen University Malaysia launched,  making XMU the first Chinese university to open an independent campus overseas.
2017: selected into the national Double First-Class Initiative.