Twenty years have flown since we founded Ace Institute of Management in 1999. It has been a rewarding journey. Today, we have four educational institutions under Ace Education Ventures umbrella – Ace international Business School, Ace Higher Secondary School, Ace School, and Ace Institute of Management. Individually and collectively we call these institutions Ace.
Ace launched MBA for Working Professionals in 1999. The program was the first of its kind in Nepal, a trend-setter that paved the way for EMBA and MBA evening programs offered by many institutions today. Our belief and persistent emphasis on instructors making classroom learning relevant to real life, students bearing the primary responsibility for their learning, and all learners taking learning as a life-long process have paid off wonderfully. It has been heartening to see our graduates make important contributions in various sectors of the Nepalese society. We have raised the standard and opportunities of management education in Nepal.
Impressed with and inspired by the transformation seen in many of our students, irrespective of their state of prior learning and disposition at the time of their matriculation at Ace, our endeavor has been to enable every student graduate with an ‘Aceperience’ – a unique transformational experience of her own she will cherish for life.
We treasure cautionary wisdom and inspiration in IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad’s words, “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. Most things still remain to be done.” We are aware that what made our last 20 years so rewarding will not guarantee our survival in the future, let alone our growth and development.
We will continue to do the following three things though: 1) making student learning at Ace relevant to the world’s demand for knowledge and skills, 2) improving our physical environment for learning, and 3) nurturing our values — honesty in work, sincerity in relationship, respect for self and others, responsibility for one’s actions, learning from experience, care for resources, and adherence to regulations.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all our stakeholders and well-wishers, who have been or were (in the past) associated with Ace, for having made our 20-year 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, and other regulating agencies for their unwavering trust and support.