2022 marks the 16th anniversary of the founding of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). We’ve passed several milestones along the way, but there’s still more for us to achieve. Here are just some of the highlights from our history so far!

  • 2004

    SEPTEMBER

    Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool sign an agreement to set up XJTLU.

  • 2005

    AUGUST

    The Ministry of Education authorises the construction of XJTLU.

  • 2006

    MAY

    XJTLU is officially established.

    SEPTEMBER

    XJTLU welcomes the first intake of 164 students.

  • 2007

    SEPTEMBER

    More than 570 undergraduate students join XJTLU’s second cohort.

  • 2008

    AUGUST

    Professor Youmin Xi is appointed Executive President of XJTLU and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

    SEPTEMBER

    730 students enrol in the third cohort at XJTLU

  • 2009

    APRIL

    Yuan Guiren, China’s Minister of Education, visits XJTLU.

    SEPTEMBER

    More than 1,000 students begin their studies at XJTLU.

  • 2010

    AUGUST

    XJTLU holds its first graduation ceremony – 97% of graduates pursue postgraduate studies overseas.

    XJTLU welcomes more than 1,700 new students, including over 50 international students.

    OCTOBER

    XJTLU receives approval to award University of Liverpool postgraduate degrees.

    DECEMBER

    The University invests a record 6 million RMB in research activities

  • 2011

    JULY

    XJTLU’s fifth anniversary celebrations. The XJTLU Education Development Foundation is launched.

    The University’s second graduation ceremony is held with 513 students graduating. Nearly 90% enter world-renowned universities to pursue postgraduate study.

    AUGUST

    More than 2,200 students enroll at XJTLU.

  • 2012

    JULY

    More than 649 students graduate, 31% of whom obtain a first-class honours bachelor’s degree. More than 80% of graduates go to world-renowned universities for postgraduate studies.

    AUGUST

    2,200 new students begin their studies at XJTLU.

  • 2013

    JANUARY

    Professor Sarah Dixon joins XJTLU and establishes International Business School Suzhou(IBSS).

    JUNE

    Shi Cheng, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, becomes XJTLU’s first PhD graduate.

  • 2014

    APRIL

    XJTLU holds its first direct entry recruitment process.

    JUNE

    XJTLU hosts the inaugural meeting of the Sino-foreign Cooperative Universities Union.

  • 2015

    MAY

    XJTLU Affiliated School is established.

    JULY

    A collaboration agreement is signed between XJTLU and Suzhou Industrial Park that will create a world-class platform for innovation in Suzhou.

  • 2016

    MAY

    The University holds its first research festival, celebrating ’10 years of creating new knowledge’.

    JULY

    XJTLU officially celebrates its 10th anniversary and opens phase one of the South Campus.

  • 2017

    FEBRUARY

    The BSc Applied Chemistry programme receives accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry, a first for a Sino-foreign University in China.

    MAY

    XJTLU launches Industry and Enterprise Tailored Education (IETE), the pilot project for the University’s new educational model: Syntegrative Education.

  • 2018

    MARCH

    A framework agreement is signed between XJTLU and the municipal government of Taicang for cooperation in operating the new Entrepreneur College, as a part of the XJTLU Syntegrative Education Model.

    MAY

    A cooperation agreement is signed by the China Development Bank, Suzhou Municipal People’s Government, and XJTLU to launch the XIPU New Era Development Research Institute.

    JUNE

    IBSS gains European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). IBSS makes history by being the youngest business school ever to obtain EQUIS.

  • 2019

    APRIL

    In collaboration with the Taicang Municipal Government, construction of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s new Entrepreneur College (Taicang) officially begins.

  • 2020

    MARCH

    The groundbreaking ceremony for XJTLU Affiliated Taicang Experimental School takes place.

    MAY

    XJTLU launches Learning Mall, a unique innovation centre, set to be the first online-onsite learning ecosystem.

    JUNE

    XJTLU ranks 46 among universities on the Chinese mainland and between the positions of 801 and 1,000 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

    NOVEMBER

    XJTLU launches XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy, the first example of its model 3.0 development.

  • 2021

    APRIL

    XJTLU-Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) Academy of Industrial Technology is established to offer industry-driven postgraduate programmes.

    MAY

    The University celebrates its 15th anniversary by launching its Academy of Future Education and Academy of Film and Creative Technology and opening the XJTLU Learning Mall to the public. XJTLU establishes an innovation ecosystem in China’s Greater Bay Area.

    NOVEMBER

    XJTLU launches the Finding Outstanding Chinese Educators in the New Era initiative.

  • 2022

    June

    The Transforming Education Conference 2022 was held at XJTLU. The University’s innovative future-oriented initiatives in education have attracted the attention of domestic and international media.

    September

    Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University held the official launch ceremony of its award-winning Taicang campus. The campus will be the new home of XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang).

    November

    XJTLU held the ground-breaking ceremony for the XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy’s new building. The building is expected to be completed and put into use in 2025.

  • 2023

    In 2023, the University entered the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Top 1% for the first time in the field of Environment/Ecology. This is the fourth field in which XJTLU has entered the ESI Top 1%, following Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Science, General. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, XJTLU secured a spot in the 401-500 band for the subject of education.

    June

    XJTLU released its 2023 corporate video titled “The Future of Education”.

    September

    The XJTLU-Baidu Artificial Intelligence Innovation Alliance, the first of its kind in China, was officially launched.

    November

    The College of Industry-Entrepreneurs (CIE) was launched. It will foster future industries and educate and empower entrepreneurs.

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