In 1948, the Shandong Insitute of Building Materials , the predecessor of University of Jinan , was established.

It was the classroom teaching of the early period of the Shandong Institute of Building Materials.

In 1983, the Shandong Institute of Building Materials was approved to move to Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, by the State Ministry of Education and it was just in 1983 that the construction work in Jinan commenced.

In 2001 after the merger with three colleges, the Shandong Institute of Building Materials was officially renamed University of Jinan and Shao Guifang ,Vice Governor of Shandong Province, and Lv Fuyuan, Vice Minister of Education of China, unveiled the plage for it.

The year 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of the university and a series of events were held to celebrate it.

2013 was a glorious page of UJN history.

It is in 2013 that the university was offered doctoral programs with the govermental approval and an array of events were held for UJN 65th anniversary celebration including the establishment of UJN Education Development Foundation.