Our School

The Nethersole School of Nursing, formerly Department of Nursing, was established under Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991. It is the first university department of nursing in Hong Kong. The School focuses on high quality, innovative nursing and health education and research to prepare and support nurses to commit themselves to improving health outcomes for individuals and communities locally, regionally and globally, as well as facilitating nursing development in Hong Kong. With the generous support of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation, the School has further invigorated its commitment to pursuing excellence in nursing education, research and practice under the name of “The Nethersole School of Nursing” since 1 January 2002. According to the QS World University Rankings 2021 – Nursing, the School has been ranked the top one in Hong Kong and Asia, and the 22nd in the world.

In addition to nursing education, the School has also provided gerontology education tailoring to the needs of the rapidly ageing population in Hong Kong since 2012. Undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes and qualifications from the School have enhanced career progression of our graduates locally and internationally.

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The Nethersole School of Nursing excels in education and research to prepare and nurture caring, competent and professional nursing leaders, and to promote the highest standards of nursing and health care practices.


The motto of the School is ‘To serve the community with compassion’, representing our School is highly and passionately committed to serving the community with compassion.


  • To offer high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education in nursing, gerontology and health care that serves and meets the rapidly changing health needs of the individuals, communities and the society at large, as well as advancing the development of the nursing profession.
  • To create a supportive knowledge-centred learning environment where evidence-based nursing and health care knowledge is generated and shared.
  • To foster lifelong learning and to provide a foundation for continuing education.
  • To advance the art and science of nursing.
  • To promote and facilitate the discovery, integration, application, and dissemination of high quality nursing and health care to the populations/communities in need through innovative research, synthesis, practice, and teaching.

History & Inheritance

The original Nethersole School of Nursing established under the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in 1893 was the first hospital-based school for nurses’ training in Hong Kong. It shared the same motto with the hospital about the provision of compassionate care to the sick and needy people. Over the past one hundred years, the school actively promoted nursing education and nurtured numerous competent, caring and passionate nurses. Its impact was evidenced by the dedication, care and compassion as shown by its graduates worldwide. By keeping pace with the changing era in the 21st century, nursing education has progressed to the tertiary or university level. To commemorate the school’s contributions to nursing profession in Hong Kong and inherit its mission in nursing education, and in appreciation for the generous support of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation, our School has been named as “The Nethersole School of Nursing” of The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2002.