Our journey began on February 13th, 1987, and as many great journeys do: on a small scale, but with the promise of untold potential. Our first teaching and learning facility was located at #3 Santa Cruz Old Road in San Juan, before we relocated to Champs Fleurs in September 1990 – and this has been the flag-ship location which has given birth to three other campuses in Port of Spain, San Fernando, and Trincity.
The location at Champs Fleurs allowed our operations to expand and thrive – it provided us with much needed space and our students now had access to a campus that was conveniently located and easily accessible from all the main cities across the island. The flagship campus located at Champs Fleurs today bears little resemblance to the first building that stood at Sagan Drive in 1990.
Over the past 30 years, we have been expanding, renovating, and perfecting our campuses to provide the ideal learning eco-systems for our students. We are proud nonetheless to acknowledge that they are still evolving to adapt to our students and changing the climate of teaching and learning.
Our focus has been to build and maintain a reputation for high-quality teaching at the tertiary level. We acknowledge the support of the students who placed their faith and trust in our institution in those early years when we were virtually unknown. Today, some of these first students have joined the institution, albeit in different capacities, as either Lecturers or Managers.
At the turn of the new millennium, three other campuses were opened. In 2003, our Centre for Media Studies was opened on Picton Street in Port of Spain. Three years later, in 2006, our South campus was opened in Cocoyea Village, San Fernando to attend to the needs of the students in the nation’s second largest city. In 2008, the doors to our newest campus were opened at Beaulieu Avenue in Trincity. Each of our four campuses was born out of our drive to create optimal learning environments which appeal to learners from diverse backgrounds. While each campus has its own individual identity and purpose, they are united by a common commitment and share the same vision, mission, primary objective and corporate mantra:
The SBCS Vision
To be the region’s premier tertiary teaching and learning institute for globally recognized and industry-relevant education and training.
The SBCS Mission
To deliver industry-relevant tertiary education and training, using a learner-centric approach, with staff, facilities, and courseware of the highest quality, in the transformation of our human resource into the region’s most valuable natural resource.
To transform our students into innovative, ethical and creative lifelong learners, with a drive for excellence, and a passion for challenges, matched only by an overarching desire to enrich their communities.
At SBCS, we have but one overarching goal, which is to deliver an excellent service to our students;
At a profit, if we can,
At a loss, if we must,
But always excellence!
MINDS IN MOTION –
THE STORY BEHIND SBCS’ DISTINCTIVE ARCHITECTURE
We are all familiar with the saying ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same’ and the call to ‘think outside the box’. Very few have the courage to dare to do things differently or try a new approach. SBCS, through the medium of architecture, has sought to create a mentally and intellectually stimulating learning environment for students.
Our buildings are a physical expression of our philosophy and thinking. They represent a clear expression of what we hope to nurture at a fundamental level in the minds of our students; a spirit of creativity and innovation, and more importantly the courage to apply their learning in whatever ways they deem fit, in order to build a better society, regardless of the current norm. In short, to create minds in motion!
We believe that the physical space allocated for learning must be one that encourages and inspires students to think outside the box. We can’t expect to create a new generation of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs unless, at the most visceral level, we are prepared to break with tradition and define our space and future.
Each campus was designed to be functional and relevant to the needs of students and staff. From the unique architecture to the use of vibrant colors, to the continuous upgrade and maintenance; SBCS has created a stimulating and comfortable learning environment for our students. This and coming years promise an expanded library and improved study facilities in Champs Fleurs; the expansion and upgrade of the Centre for Media Studies in Port of Spain; the opening of a new Customer Service area and a remodeling of the Course Administration Department in San Fernando.
Our buildings were designed by Architect Roy Mahabir, who has over the years sought to bring to life the unique educational vision of Dr. Robin Maraj; faithfully reproduced with the design of each new campus. Mr. Mahabir created a cohesive yet unique architectural façade for each campus, utilizing the construction talents of contractors Helarion Bernard and Sunil Seepersad at the Champs Fleurs Campus and Sunil Seepersad at the Port of Spain, San Fernando and Trincity Campuses.
This architectural design draws from the deconstructivist movement which encourages freedom of form rather than strict adherence to conventional design elements. Deconstructivism is characterized by ideas of fragmentation and an interest in manipulating a structure’s surface to distort and dislocate some of the architectural elements. Buildings which adopt a deconstructivist architectural style are characterized by stimulating unpredictability and controlled chaos. What better environment to prepare students for a future that is yet unknown than in a facility that mirrors the enigma which is the future!
Over the years we have steadily increased our range of programmes and courses. SBCS today is an acknowledged leader in the field of private tertiary education in the English-Speaking Caribbean in the following disciplines, inter alia:
Our programme portfolio includes undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from some of the UK’s leading Universities as well as globally recognized professional associations, such as:
The great Greek Philosopher Socrates once observed “An unexamined life is not worth living.” This principle applies to individuals and organisations alike and it has been our North Star from our inception. We have reflected on our successes as a Higher Education Institution in an increasingly competitive sector, but we remain mindful of the areas in which we must improve if we are to continue delivering excellence in education. We take none of our students for granted as we have faith in their untold potential. We aim to produce students who are poised to take on any challenge in any corner of the world. At SBCS we are about preparing our students to lead successful lives in the 21st Century!
We believe when we offer our students an excellent service in an environment that is learner-centric in every detail we play a pivotal role in nation-building. We help enrich the lives of thousands of graduates who in turn will influence thousands more leading to the advancement of communities and the nation evolving into a place of which we are all proud.