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Milestones in a century of discovery 1921-2021

1921Credit: Xiamen University

1921: Tan Kah Kee, an overseas Chinese philanthropist, founded the private Xiamen University (XMU).

1923Credit: Xiamen University

1923: A paper named ‘Amphioxus Fisheries Near the University of Amoy’, the first paper published in Science by Chinese marine researchers, reported the discovery of Xiamen amphiox to the world.

1937Credit: Xiamen University

1937: The university became state-owned, and the renowned physicist, Pen-Tung Sah, was appointed as its first president.

1938Credit: Xiamen University

1938: Ya-nan Wang, who later became XMU's first president after the founding of the People's Republic of China, along with an XMU alumnus, Dali Guo, completed the first Chinese version of Das Kapital, a significant contribution to the development of Marxian economics in China.

1946Credit: Xiamen University

1946: XMU established China’s first department of oceanography and the first marine institute, making it known as the ‘Blue Cradle’ of China.

1952Credit: Xiamen University

1952: XMU was designated as one of China’s 14 comprehensive universities.

1963Credit: Xiamen University

1963: XMU became one of the 26 national key universities directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

1978Credit: Xiamen University

1978: A research lab on higher education science was established at XMU, which became China’s first institution specifically dedicated to higher education studies.

1987Credit: Xiamen University

1987: The State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces was approved. It has been rated as 'Excellent' for five consecutive years in state key laboratory assessments, the only one of its kind in chemistry to achieve this honour in China.

1988Credit: Xiamen University

1988: Seven disciplines, including finance, statistics, accounting, higher education, specialized history, physical chemistry, and zoology, were approved as national key disciplines.

1995Credit: Xiamen University

1995: XMU was listed among the national '211 Project'.

2001Credit: Xiamen University

2001: XMU was listed among the national '985 Project', which aimed at developing world-class universities.

2010Credit: Xiamen University

2010: Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy was developed at XMU, a world first. It was called 'the next-generation of advanced spectroscopy' by international colleagues.

2013Credit: Xiamen University

2013: XMU researchers discovered a molecular switch between different forms of cell death, and elucidated the key molecular mechanisms and pathophysiological significance of programmed cell necrosis, solving a long-studied question.

2016Credit: Xiamen University

2016: Xiamen University Malaysia was launched, making XMU the first Chinese university to open an independent campus overseas.

2017Credit: Xiamen University

2017: XMU was selected into the national Double First-Class Initiative.

2019Credit: Xiamen University

2019: XMU launched China’s first domestically-made cervical cancer vaccine, a bivalent HPV vaccine, using virus-like particles derived from E. coli. This unique technology has been used in the R&D of other vaccine products, including the world's first hepatitis E vaccine.