2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of 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

    Agreement signed between Xi'an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool to set up XJTLU.

  • 2005

    August

    Ministry of Education authorises the construction of XJTLU

  • 2006

    May

    XJTLU officially established.

    September

    XJTLU welcomes first intake of 164 students.

  • 2007

    September

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

  • 2008

    August

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

    September

    730 students enrol in the third cohort at XJTLU

  • 2009

    April

    Yuan Guiren, Chinese Minister of Education, visits XJTLU.

    September

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

  • 2010

    August

    XJTLU holds first graduation ceremony – 97 percent of graduates continue their 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 RMB six million 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 percent 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 percent of whom obtain a first-class honours bachelors degree. More than 80 percent of graduates go to world-renowned universities for postgraduate studies.

    August

    2,200 new students commence at XJTLU.

  • 2013

    January

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

    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

    University hosts inaugural meeting of the Union of Sino-Foreign Cooperative Universities.

  • 2015

    May

    XJTLU Affiliated School established.

    July

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

    June

    International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) has gained EQUIS accreditation from the European Management Development Foundation (EFMD). IBSS has made history of 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 kicks off.