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Apex is a 23-year-old experienced young adult now. Now that we are in the process of building the New Apex, I find it befitting to revisit the history of the institution. Doing so will help us understand the foundations on which Apex stands and the height it can reach. I hope this information will be insightful and interesting for all who already are and who will be part of the New Apex.

Apex was conceptualized and created by a group of young, energetic intellectuals who came back to serve Nepal after having gained their education, experience, and exposure in different parts of the globe. Aiming to provide a world-class education to the Nepali youth, Apex started its journey with 103 students in two different programs–the Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelors of Computer Information System (BCIS).

The Apex team conceptualized, designed, and developed the BCIS program, a first of its kind in Nepal, owing to the need for information technology in managing modern businesses and the need that businesses had around making technology more applicable. In 2001, the college added the BE-Computer program, and in 2002 it launched the MBA program. In 2003, continuing with the institution’s growth and expansion, the college then commenced with the BE Electronics and Communication program.

Our college has always been monitoring the external environment and has thus been able to design contemporary and futuristic academic programs. Building on its strengths and keeping in mind the need for human resources in a growing number of financial institutions, Apex designed and introduced the BBA-BI (Banking and Insurance) program in 2006. Later, recognising the tourism industry’s existing professional manpower demand and the industry’s future potential, Apex also introduced the BBA-TT (Travel and Tourism) program. Apex has always been a leader within the Pokhara University ecosystem in designing new programs and introducing innovative teaching pedagogies.

Apex’s success in the modern academic arena has been made possible owing to the efforts of three major players: students, faculty, and staff. From the very beginning, the Apexian faculty, using various pedagogies like projects, case studies, role playing, and simulations, has been able to instill in students the enthusiasm to broaden their view by learning to look at an issue at hand from different angles.

From the first batch to our current one, students have always been involved in and have contributed to the Apex-building process. Students’ suggestions, feedback, and concerns have always been a very important point of consideration for implementing new ideas. The Apex alumni have been a major resource too, as they continually contribute to the college–in the role of faculty, guest lecturers, event mentors/evaluators, and employers, among others.

The learning at Apex is informed by a very concrete and hands-on approach. We plan to further enhance our learning processes through various learning labs, including the Entrepreneurship Lab, Leadership Lab, Global Business Lab, Case Study Lab, Social Business Lab, Digital Business Lab, Family Business Lab, FinTech Lab, BFIS Lab, Brand Lab, People Lab, Numbers Lab, and Legal Lab.

In summing up, I would like to underscore how effective learning depends on the students’ attitude, faculty’s preparedness, pedagogy methods followed, and infrastructure available, in that order. It is now time for us to roll up our sleeves and work toward turning our dream of the New Apex into reality.

Ms. Durga Rijal
Principal,  Apex College