Asia is the world’s largest continent that is occupied by the broadest diversity of the population in the world. It is divided into five regions: Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Asia.

Asia is one of the continents that is facing a nursing shortage due to an increase in demand driven by population growth and aging. Another factor for the nursing shortage is the low retention rate of its graduates, seeking better employment in the US or Europe. One of the reasons why nurses coming from Asia are in high demand in western countries is due to their high level of skills, quality patient care, and work ethic.

The majority of the Asian countries follow the Bologna process in higher education, with most offering the undergraduate nursing program for 4 years. It is also where the most affordable nursing education can be found, coupled with affordable housing and living cost. Most high-ranking universities offer exchange programs to their students with participating international schools that the university is affiliated with. The universities listed below are institutions with a nursing program in Asia that is ranked among the top 100 nursing programs in the world by QS world university ranking!

Top Nursing Schools in Asia

1. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – The Nethersole School of Nursing

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is an excellent nursing school in Asia and offers its nursing program under the Faculty of Medicine in the Nethersole School of Nursing that was established in 1991. The Nethersole School of Nursing was the first nursing school in Hong Kong to offer a bachelor’s in nursing and is ranked as the top nursing school in Hong Kong. it has also placed among the top three nursing schools in Asia and ranked 22nd among the nursing schools in the world. It is a leading health education provider with an established international reputation in education, research, and services.

The Nethersole School of Nursing is one of the largest nursing schools in Asia with a consistently high admission rate. Its undergraduate in nursing is also the largest UGC-funded program in Hong Kong. It is also the first nursing school to offer a Ph.D. in nursing.

The tuition fee for undergraduate nursing is at an average of US$5,455 per year for local students, and US$23,200 per year for international students. Postgraduate studies are at an average of US$5,400 per year.

2. The National University of Singapore – Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

The National University of Singapore offers its program in nursing under the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine that was established in 1905. The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine is the first medical school in Singapore and among the top nursing universities in Asia; it employs a highly qualified faculty and utilizes a curriculum that allows early hospital exposure to its students.

The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing houses the nursing programs that are highly ranked and internationally recognized for their evidence-based curriculum. Aside from its nursing degrees, the center for nursing also offers continuing education and training for nursing professionals seeking further specialization in their field.

Tuition fee for undergraduate nursing ranges from US$6,564 to US$27,318 per year for local students and US$15,044 for international students. For postgraduate studies, the average tuition per year for local students is US$6,711 to 24,678, and US$14,374 for international students.

3. Seoul National University – College of Nursing

The Seoul National University offers its nursing program under the College of Nursing. Seoul National University is a leading nursing university in Asia, ranked 18th in the countinent, and 36th in the world by the QS world university rankings.

The College of Nursing was founded in 1907 as a 2-year training program for nursing and midwives, with the 4-year bachelor program offered only in 1959. The Master’s program was offered in 1964, followed by the Ph.D. in 1984. A mentoring program for nurses was established in 2009, and its SHINE (Simulation-based, Humanity-Integrated Nursing Education Center) was opened in 2012.

Undergraduate tuition is at an average of US$4,500 per semester, and US$3,190 per year for postgraduate studies.

4. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Nursing

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers its nursing program under the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in the School of Nursing. The university is ranked 25th in Asia and 66th in the world, with its nursing program, ranked 43rd among nursing schools all over the world by the QS world university ranking in 2021.

The school of nursing at the Hong Kong  Polytechnic University delivers an exceptional nursing program in Asia that was established in 1977 offering a first aid program to its students. It wasn’t until 1990 that a bachelor’s in nursing was offered followed by postgraduate in nursing in 1995.

Undergraduate nursing tuition is government-funded and is free of charge to its students or otherwise costs US$250 per credit; while postgraduate studies require completion of 9-24 credits with tuition paid per credit costing US$590 for local students, and US$620 for international students.

5. Fudan University – School of Nursing

Fudan University is a public research university in Shanghai, China, and a recognized nursing institution in Asia that was founded in 1905. Its nursing program is offered in the School of Nursing that was established in 1920 that is ranked 86th among the nursing school all over the world by QS world university ranking.

The undergraduate program in nursing was offered in 1985, followed by a Master’s in 1995, and Ph.D. in 2008. In 2011. The university was awarded as the first university in China to offer professional masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Furthermore, its nursing program was rated the best in Shanghai in 2012. Its curriculum is also deeply integrated with research and practical training.

Tuition per year costs an average of US$6,590.

 

 

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