1.  The nature and history of the College  

Established in 1923, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC), hereinafter referred to as the College, is a subsidiary of the Kiang Wu Charitable Association (KWCA), it is also a non-profit higher education institute. Inheriting the spirit of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Kiang Wu, more than 3,000 nursing graduates have been trained. Currently, about 70% of the in-service nurses in Macao have been graduated from the College. For a century, the College has been constantly seeking changes and keeping abreast with the times and developed from secondary vocational education to higher education. In 1997, higher nursing education courses were launched. On 5th November 1999, it was renamed from Kiang Wu Nursing and Midwifery School to Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau. In 2002, the College launched Macao's first four-year nursing bachelor's degree programme, in 2018, Macao’s first college-level master's degree programme was successfully established. In May 2022, KWCA and the Education and Youth Development Bureau (DSEDJ) signed the ‘Facility Rental Agreement’ for the new campus in Islands District Medical Complex. At the same year, the College relocated from the Cheng-Kai Memorial Hall in Kiang Wu Hospital and the Mong Ha Campus of Macao Daily building to the new campus to educate students.

Since the return of Macao’s sovereignty to the Motherland in December 1999, the College has developed from an institute that only provided one nursing programme in the past to now of providing/co-organising various higher education programmes including master’s degree, bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma/certificate courses. In the future, under the new higher education and funding policies of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, and relocation to the new community and teaching venue, the College will continue to adjust its development strategies to welcome its second century of educating students with the experience and foundation of the past century of education.

2.  The College's Development Strategy from now until 2030

2.1 Expand student recruitment, offer diversified courses, and improve operational level

The College will gradually increase the number of programmes and students according to social demand and the College’s development.

Student and Programme Development Scale of 2020-2030:


2020 – 2023
(1st – 3rd Year)

2023 – 2025
(3rd – 5th Year)

2025 – 2027
(5th – 7th Year)

2027 – 2030
(7th – 10th Year)

Programme & No. of Students
(Higher Education)

5 – 7 types of programme

7 – 9 types of programme

7 – 10 types of programme

10 – 12 types of programme

Undergraduate degree

420 – 440

Undergraduate degree

480 – 600

Undergraduate degree

480 – 600

Undergraduate degree

480 – 600

Master’s degree

50 – 60

Master’s degree

116 – 156

Master’s degree

146 – 186

Master’s degree


Postgraduate Diploma



4 – 6




26 – 28

Certificate / Diploma


Certificate / Diploma


Certificate / Diploma


Certificate / Diploma


Total No. of Students

510 – 540

630 – 792

672 – 832

742 – 864

Programme & No. of Students
(Non-Higher Education)

Certificate / Diploma / CPD / Joint Programme

Certificate / Diploma / CPD / Joint Programme

Certificate / Diploma / CPD / Joint Programme

Certificate / Diploma / CPD / Joint Programme

2.2 Obtain quality assurance, ensure management of the College & programme quality meet local and international recognised standards  

The College has gradually completed accreditation and review for the College and various programmes in accordance with the legal requirements of Macao.

2.3 Develop Integration of Teaching, Research and Social Service  

With the increase of research output and the needs of future development, the College has adjusted the position from ‘teaching-oriented and research-assisted’ in the past 10 years to ‘teaching-oriented, develop teaching and research simultaneously’. With the integration of teaching, scientific research and social service as the policy, and the support from the Research Management and Development Department and Nursing & Health Education Research Centre, KWNC has encouraged teaching staff to conduct research collaborating with local and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area professionals. KWNC has also used relevant research output to carry out evidence-based clinical and community services and has taught courses at various levels to cultivate talents to contribute back to the society.

2.4 Creating a caring and sustainable campus 

The Islands District Medical Complex Campus being a permanent campus, in order to coordinate with teaching and research activities of teachers and students, the first phase of the campus strives to achieve 1. Comprehensive functions. 2. Convenient transportation. 3. Effective information and communication systems. 4. Reserve space for sustainable development, creating a caring and sustainable campus. The new campus will be closely connected with hospitals and the adjacent community and will gradually promote the concept of an ‘open’ campus to ensure communication and close cooperation between the College and the community.

2.5 Speed up regional cooperation and process towards internationalisation   

In the next five to 10 years, with the encouragement of the nation’s development strategies, the College will make headway to intensify the Guangdong-Macao cooperation, will utilise the advantages of teaching resources and disciplines, will develop a nursing and health teaching and research base with the characteristics of Macao and Kiang Wu, will promote cross-regional teaching and research cooperation. On the basis of the gradual increase of students and programmes, the College will strongly promote international exchanges and cooperation, will expand, and deepen cooperation with organisations that KWNC has been collaborating with, will broaden the international vision and cross-cultural communication skills of teachers and students.

3. Goals in Eight Areas

According to the five major development strategies mentioned above, KWNC formulated the goals and measures in the following eight aspects:

3.1 Academic and profession development

Strengthen the quality assurance culture, comprehensively promote the evaluation system, and comprehensively ensure the quality of higher education
Strive for more college-running resources and enhance academic influence
Develop a unique BSN programme
‧  To establish higher-level postgraduate education, offer/jointly offer postgraduate programmes such as Doctor of Philosophy, master's degree, certificate, and diploma programmes, etc.
‧  According to the academic and talent advantages of the College, continue to focus on senior care as the key point of development
‧  Develop online teaching and online courses
‧  Promote the coordinated development of higher education and non-tertiary education courses

3.2 Personnel Development

Strive to cultivate a diversified team of teachers with ‘From Personhood to Benevolence’ spirit and professional and academic abilities
Based on three research groups, cultivate subject leaders
 ‧  Cultivate a team of teachers who are good at teaching with multiple disciplines
 ‧  Create different titles from lecturer to professor, and to have a reasonable combination of full-time and part-time teachers, and teachers with PhD and master’s

3.3 Research Development

Expand research and development direction of the College (three domains: adult and senior research, children and teenager and community, nursing, and nursing education), Improve the academic level of the faculty team, optimise master's programmes, and offer doctoral training

Carry out high-quality research projects to promote service quality and profession development
Promote research output to become guidance for related health policies (such as senior health, nursing education, life, and death education, etc.)
Expand the support of research funds in the society
Promote and manage academic publishing of the College
Establish Healthy Ageing Research Centre under the Nursing & Health Education Research Centre to strengthen the advantages of the College

3.4 Student development and cultivate nursing and health science talents

Integrate official curriculum and non-official curriculum to have people-centred concepts throughout, strengthen students’ understanding of the world, growing sense of national identity, social responsibility and cultivate, nursing and caring abilities

Provide students with professional education while also offer holistic education and general education, therefore students can become nursing talents with caring ability and good character
Let students learn professional knowledge through social service, and practice, and have a whole-person development in body, mind, social and spirit
Cultivate Multi-profession and Multidisciplinary talents, stay abreast of the times, therefore they can utilise their knowledge gained
Develop students' ability to cope with Macao public registration examination and placement
Strive for more social resources to support students in joining the nursing profession
Let students from outside of Macao adapt to life and study on campus and in Macao

3.5 Academic and professional support

According to the programme and student development plan, provide a comprehensive learning environment and resources to student of various levels and different majors
Develop the new campus
Provide continuing education for health care professionals
Strengthen the cost-benefit calculation of various teaching and research activities of the college, to ensure that KWNC operating funds can support developmental needs

3.6 Expand and optimise the source of students

Expand and optimise the source of students as planned
Maintain a reasonable and comparable teacher-student ratio with similar local schools
Expand the diversify source of students inside and outside of the nation
Implement Biliteracy and Trilingualism as the medium of instruction system in various programmes and strengthen the proportion of English as the medium of instruction in BSN and various programmes
Strengthen tracking and contacting graduates and have regular communication with them

3.7 Combination of teaching, scientific research, and social services

Strengthen the development of Nursing & Health Education Research Centre, use the centre’s platform, and the Life Journey Experience Pavilion and other facilities to promote the integration of teaching, scientific research, and social services
Use ‘Problem Solving for Better Health (PSBH)’ project in the BSN Programme and various teaching and research activities for promotion
Run and develop the Life Journey Experience Pavilion, support the teaching of all levels and various subjects, and gradually develop related social services
Cooperate with community organisations to teach and research during the process of providing social services
Utilise the geographic advantage of the new campus to encourage cooperation with new communities or cities in the Greater Bay Area

3.8 Regional and International Cooperation

Maintain close contact and cooperation with organisations that the College has signed contracts with
Let students gain cross-cultural learning experiences
Create an international learning environment
Develop nursing & health education research bases in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with the KWNC brand

4. Islands District Medical Complex Campus Building, Financial Management & Overall Development of the College    

To coordinate with the Macao SAR Government policy, the College has expanded its scale to meet the future social development requirements. The Government rents out the Islands District Medical Complex nursing teaching building as a venue for higher education activities for the College which is a subsidiary of the Kiang Wu Charitable Association. The Main Campus is still the permanent campus of the College, and it is expected that the new campus in the Islands District Medical Campus will also become a permanent campus for development. Several floors of the nursing teaching building of the Islands District Medical Complex are used by the Government. The available area for the College’s usage is more than double of the total area of the current two campuses. The per-student area has increased from 17.5 square meters in the Main Campus to 31.4 square meters. The new campus building will reflect the characteristics of nursing care, therefore the whole campus can have the ‘people-oriented’, ‘safety and healthy’, ‘energy saving and environmental protection’ concepts, modern educational notions, and information technology elements

The daily financial management of the College is managed jointly by the College leaders and the College Council and is accountable to the Chair of the College Council/Kiang Wu Charitable Association. The College Council audits the College’s accounts every year. The annual appropriation of the Government has always been the main source of funding for the College. In the future, the source of funding for the College will still be based on the Government’s annual appropriation, tuition revenue and the provision of nursing professional knowledge services, also the College will strive to raise other revenue.