Kathmandu City stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is the capital of Nepal , one of the most picturesque capitals in the world.
The city of Kathmandu derives its name from Kasthamandap, an imposing wooden pagoda near the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. This city was built by King Gunakama Dev in 723 AD. The original name of the city was Kantipur, the glamorous city. Kathmandu is situated at an altitude of 1,336 m above sea level, and surrounded by high mountains all around, with the white peaks looking down and can be viewed clearly from vantage points at the foothills around Kathmandu. The city of Kathmandu covers an area of more than 300 square kms and situated in the Kathmandu valley which also houses several ancient towns, monuments and architectural wonders. The city of Kathmandu is a perfect mixture of the ancient, traditional and modern. Kathmandu is also the centre of all commercial, political, cultural and social activities and the tourist, adventure and mountaineering excursions. It is also the headquarters of the government of Nepal. Kathmandu has all the features that describe it as a truly modern city. The climate of Kathmandu is seldom very cold for most of the year. The best time to visit Kathmandu is from September to November and February to May.
Its religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism. People of other religious beliefs also live in Kathmandu giving it a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language of the city, though many speak the Nepal Bhasa Newari as it is the center of the Newar (meaning: citizens of Nepal) people and culture. English and Hindi are understood by all of the educated population of the city. Besides a significant number of the population speaks any of the foreign languages like : French, German, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean etc. The literacy rate is 98% in the city.
The original name of the city was Kantipur, the glamorous city. The hub of the city is the area around the oldest building, the Kastha Mandap, which stood at the crossroads of two important trade routes. When the valley was unified in the 14th century by Jayasthiti Malla, Kathmandu became the administrative centre and this sparked off an expansion that was sustained over many years. In the 19th century, due to the Rana’s travels overseas, new European styles were introduced. Under the Ranas, various places were built at Patan and Kathmandu, but with the return of the monarchy, these became neglected. There are various attractions in the ancient city of Kathmandu due to which various people came here as conquerors, traders and businessmen, as seekers of adventure and economic migrants.
Kathmandu is now the premier cultural and economic hub of Nepal and is considered to have the most advanced infrastructure among urban areas in Nepal. From the point of view of tourism, economy and cultural heritage, the sister cities of Patan(lalitpur) and Bhaktapur are integral to Kathmandu. Even the cultural heritage recognition under the World Heritage list of the UNESCO has recognized all the monuments in the three urban agglomerates as one unit under the title “Kathmandu Valley-UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nepal School of Social Work ( NSSW) is a young member of APUCEN net work joined in 2014. We had the chance to particepate at the recent APUCEN summit at Penang and met many of its members and inspired by their engagement practices and commitment to excellence.
Nepal School of Social Work ( NSSW) is an institute of excellence founded in 2005 based on social innovation principles. The vision of NSSW is to bring social work, welfare and policy institutions of Nepal to a common platform to share and exchange ideas and skills which in turn supports to bring a formal recognition for social work education by the society and the State. Innovation and community egangement are at the core of our philosophy. We are nuturing NSSW as a place where young students and adult faculty can experiment, learn togetjher, innovate, fail and stand again and finally engage wider audience and be the change agent.