2005/06 The President of the University of Michigan, Mary Sue Coleman, visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The two universities signed the Agreement on Establishing the UM-SJTU Joint Institute.
2006/4 UM-SJTU Joint Institute was officially founded with the plaque unveiled.
2006/9 With the enrollment of the first 196 undergraduates, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute embarked on its international talents cultivation.
2010/3 JI was awarded the sixth National Teaching Achievement Award for Higher Education by Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
2010/5 The first Dual Degree undergraduates graduated from University of Michigan.
2010/8 The first UM-SJTU Joint Institute undergraduates graduated from SJTU.
2011/12 JI was recognized by Chinese government as National Model of Higher Education Reform
2012/4 JI was awarded the first model institute of Sino-foreign cooperative education by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in Shanghai.
2012/6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Michigan signed a ten-year agreement on continuing the development of UM-SJTU Joint Institute.
2014/3 UM-SJTU Joint Institute became the first Chinese educational institute winning Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education presented by the Institute of International Education.
2016/4 JI Alumni Association was officially established.
2016/8 Mechanical Engineering program and Electrical and Computer Engineering program of UM-SJTU Joint Institute were accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology(ABET).
2018/5 The UM-SJTU Joint Institute held the opening ceremony of Long Bin Building. Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Michigan signed the second ten-year agreements.
2019/8 The tenth batch of undergraduates graduated from UM-SJTU Joint Institute.
2022/6 The Mechanical Engineering、Electrical and Computer Engineering and Material Science and Engineering programs of JI gained national first-class accreditation.
2022/11 JI established Everflow Fund and JI Student Leadership Program.