1951 UIBE was founded as the Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.
1960 UIBE was designated as a key university by the Chinese government for its outstanding academic programs.
1984 UIBE was renamed as the University of International Business and Economics.
1989 UIBE became the first university in China to have a Board of Trustees.
1997 UIBE was added into the list of "Project 211" universities, a governmental program aims at turning 100 Chinese universities into high-quality academic institutions in the 21st century.
2000 UIBE merged with the China Institute of Finance and Banking and became one of the universities under direct leadership of the Ministry of Education.
2010 UIBE announced the establishment of its Education Foundation through which it accepts donations.
2010 The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Education signed an agreement to jointly support the university.