Seventeen years, since our founding in 1999, have been a journey I will always remember with pride and satisfaction. I am grateful to all our stakeholders and well-wishers, who are and were associated with Ace, in making our journey so rewarding. Special gratitude to our students and alumnae, faculties and staff, members of the Board and shareholders, and officials of the Pokhara University for their unwavering trust and support!
We blazed the trail in Nepal for enabling people to pursue their higher education in management and continue to acquire work experience at the same time. MBA for Working Professionals which we launched in 1999, paved the way for EMBA and MBA programs in the evening, which are now offered by many institutions in Nepal imparting benefits to many who like or need to work and study together.
Our belief and persistent emphasis on taking learning as life-long process, making classroom learning relevant to real world, and asking students to take responsibility for their learning have paid off wonderfully. It has been heartening to see students undergoing transformation during and after the programs. Equally heartening has it been to see our graduates making important contributions in various sectors of the Nepalese society. We have raised the standard and opportunities of management education in Nepal.
However, we believe in the wisdom of Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder, “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. Most things still remain to be done.” In the years to follow, design and delivery of higher education will go through sweeping change. Technology will play much more integral role. And what made our last 16 years so rewarding will not be enough to ensure our survival, let alone growth and development, in the future.
We will continue to guard and nurture our values of honesty in work, sincerity in relationship, respect for self and others, responsibility for one’s actions, and adherence to regulations which have been the keys to our successes so far. But, we will also open ourselves to new partnership and new collaboration so that we will continue to raise the standard and opportunities of higher education in Nepal.