Our School

The Nethersole School of Nursing, formerly the Department of Nursing, was established under the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK in 1991. It is the first university department of nursing in Hong Kong. The primary focus of the School is on high quality nursing education and research so that nurses can make a major contribution to improving population health and facilitating nursing development in Hong Kong. With the generous support of the Executive Committee of the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and the United Christian Medical Service, 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 QS World University Rankings 2020 – Nursing, the School ranks No. 1 in Hong Kong, No. 1 in Asia, and No. 21 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 qualifications from the School enhance career progression of our graduates locally, regionally and internationally.


To excel in teaching and research and in the promotion of the highest standards of nursing and gerontology practice.


To serve the community with compassion


  • To offer high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education in nursing and gerontology that meets the changing needs of the profession and the health needs of the society.
  • To foster lifelong learning and to provide a foundation for continuing education.
  • To advance the art and science of nursing.
  • To promote the highest standards of nursing and aged care through scholarship, research and innovative practice.
  • To increase nursing and gerontology knowledge through research.

History & Inheritance

The original Nethersole School of Nursing established under the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in 1893 was the first hospital-based nurses training school in Hong Kong. It shared the same motto with the hospital about the provision of compassionate care to the sick. In the past one hundred years, the school actively promoted nursing education and nurtured numerous competent and caring nurses. Its impact was evidenced by the dedication, care and compassion as shown by its graduates all over the world. By keeping pace with the changing era in the 21st century, nursing education has progressed to the tertiary level. To commemorate the school’s contribution to nursing profession in Hong Kong and to inherit its mission in nursing education, the Department of Nursing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong was named “The Nethersole School of Nursing” in 2002.