As the first independent higher education institution jointly founded by a mainland and a Hong Kong university, UIC has been a pioneer in expanding the diversity of China’s higher education and has been blazing an unusual trail.


1 March The State Council of the People’s Republic of China promulgates the Regulations on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools. Cooperation in running schools between educational institutions from Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR or Taiwan and mainland educational institutions shall be handled with reference to the provisions of these Regulations.
20 June Prof Ng Ching-Fai, President and Vice-Chancellor of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Prof Zhong Binglin, President of Beijing Normal University, agree on cooperation between the two universities in establishing a higher education institution.
9 March Hong Kong Baptist University and Beijing Normal University sign an agreement to establish Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, the first full-scale cooperation in higher education between mainland China and Hong Kong.
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1 April The Ministry of Education approves the establishment of UIC.
21 October UIC starts the first academic year with an enrolment of 274 students.
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18 November  The Inauguration and Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony is held. Construction of the campus at the Jinfeng Road begins.
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14 July UIC’s first student exchange agreement is signed with Jeonju University, South Korea.


3 September UIC’s Accounting Programme is accredited by CPA Australia.
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October UIC signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with seven US liberal arts universities of the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) to start long-term exchange and cooperation.


15 January UIC launches teaching and administrative facilities of the Jinfeng Road campus at the campus inauguration ceremony. The college logo is unveiled with the UIC Council’s approval.
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23 April  Wang Yang, then Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, visits UIC and heaps praise on its innovative education.
October  The Student Hostels and Cultural Village at the Jinfeng Road campus is put into service.


April UIC is approved by the Ministry of Education to enrol Band One students (with first class scores in the National College Entrance Examination) in 16 provinces and municipalities.
May UIC becomes the first university in mainland China to be accredited for BBA (Hons) in Accounting by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
6 June UIC holds the first graduating commemoration ceremony for 244 graduates.
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22 November  The Learning Resource Centre opens officially in the Student Hostels and Cultural Village at the Jinfeng Road campus.
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30 November The Shadow Puppet Drama Pavilion is unveiled in the Student Hostels and Cultural Village at the Jinfeng Road campus.
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25 April The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants builds its first QP Resource Centre in mainland China located at UIC.
5 June The Division of Business and Management holds its first Advisory Committee meeting, and subsequently the Division of Science and Technology and the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences also convene their Advisory Committees. In these Committees, external expert advisors and people holding senior positions in various fields counsel on the development of UIC
24 June At its fourth Graduation Ceremony, UIC confers the first Honorary Fellowships on four prominent individuals, who were distinguished contributors to the mission of UIC for their sustained commitment to the development of education and society.
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9 October UIC and the Administrative Committee of Hengqin New Area sign a strategic cooperation agreement and agree to build a research development centre in the Area.
22 October The Zhuhai Municipal People's Government and UIC sign an agreement to begin mutual strategic cooperation in establishing UIC as a world-class liberal arts college and developing Zhuhai’s new industries.


April  UIC develops a Comprehensive Evaluation System based on the National College Entrance Examination for student recruitment in Guangdong Province.
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26 August  The Centre for Social Management Research and Services is launched at UIC.
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12 October UIC inaugurates the UIC Hengqin Research Development Centre and the Education Foundation in Hengqin New Area.


27-29 April The UIC Orchestra is invited to perform in Poland in honour of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and China.
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20 June The Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government and UIC Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony and UIC New Campus Ground-breaking Ceremony are held. The Zhuhai government grants UIC a plot of land of approximately 200,000 square metres to build a new campus. UIC will integrate the new campus and its adjacent area into a university town to better take part in Zhuhai's economic and cultural development.
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12 December Zhuhai’s first demonstrative and training base for elderly care services is established by UIC and the Zhuhai Social Welfare Centre.


March  The first minor programme in music is introduced in the spring semester.
20 March About 1300 Year One students move to the Hui Xian Village (previously known as New Cultural Village) of the new campus at the Jintong Road.
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27-28 April A panel from UIC’s parent institutions, Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University, conducts a joint review of UIC for the first time. Upon UIC’s ten-year development, the panel recognises its enormous efforts and remarkable achievements.
June  UIC further reforms the admission policy for students from Guangdong province. They are given the new option to apply for UIC in the early enrolling phase if they obtain first class scores in the National College Entrance Examination. The college also expands the admission range by four provinces to a total of 30. Moreover, it begins to admit students from Hong Kong via the National Education Exams Authority Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in China.
12 December UIC announces its motto and anthem. The college motto is “In knowledge and in deeds, unto the whole person.”
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9 March UIC teams up with the Zhuhai Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau to set up the Zhuhai Innovative Cultural and Creative Industry Research Institute.
22 June Celebrations at a Topping-out Ceremony to mark the completion of the construction of the buildings that make up the Cultural Creativity Clusters at UIC’s new campus.
June  UIC receives approval from the Ministry of Education and will offer Postgraduate Programmes, including Taught Master Programmes in addition to Research Postgraduate Programmes that lead to MPhil or PhD degrees.
28 September UIC launches the Zhuhai Key Laboratory of Agricultural Product Quality and Food.
19 October UIC and China Unicom Zhuhai sign a collaborative agreement on establishing a big data laboratory.
9 December  The Institute for Communication Studies of Chinese Culture at UIC is established.
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16 June   The 9th Graduation Ceremony and Honorary Fellowship Conferment takes place at the University Hall on the new campus for the first time.
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18 September        New students are officially welcomed at their Inauguration Ceremony. This is the first semester that all UIC students will attend classes at the new campus.
9 December UIC celebrates the New Campus Inauguration and launches the Graduate School and more facilities.
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23 May                                The New Campus Carnival is held to celebrate the opening of many new facilities, including the new Learning Resource Centre, the new Staff and Student Activities Centre, the Maker Centre and more. The UIC Yayue (Chinese court music) Orchestra and a Kayak Relay Race on Central Lake also have their official openings.
26 September    UIC receives the first intake of 30 students of its taught master’s programmes, including students from Master of Arts in Communication and from Master of Professional Accountancy.
5 December UIC unveils the Zhong You Agri-Brand Research Institute, the Academy of Global Affairs, the UIC Food Safety Testing Centre and more during the symposium on contributing to the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.



February       Founding President Professor Ng Ching-Fai retires. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Tang Tao is appointed as UIC’s new President.
17 April          Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong SAR, Mr Wang Zhimin, says during his visit to UIC that the College is exemplary amongst Sino-foreign and Mainland-SAR joint venture universities, and it can provide plenty of support for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.  
December        UIC is listed as a Chinese traditional culture inheritance base amongst Guangdong universities and the only base amongst Zhuhai universities by the provincial Department of Education for the College’s Lingnan rite and music programmes. 



March  UIC launches the Sports Park, giving staff and students a new outdoor athletic facility.
30 June              Zhuhai Municipal People's Government and UIC sign a cooperation agreement, granting UIC another plot of land of approximately 367,000 square metres to build its second-phase campus.
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