Message from the Executive Director | Christmas 2017 & New Year 2018

Published: 4:43 PM on December 18, 2017

Dear Students,

2017 has been another exciting year at SBCS Global Learning Institute, more so with it being our 30th anniversary. What made this year engaging, as with previous years, was the consistency of your dedication and support for everything we did to enhance your SBCS experience. On behalf of our staff and lecturers, thank you for this.

Throughout this year, we shared many happy moments together, some of which include:

  • University of London Computing students, Kirsten Ali, Luke Rambally and Marc Ramberan received commendation and awards from the University for outstanding academic performances;
  • University of Greenwich, BSc CIS graduates Kiran Deosingh and Varsha Teelucksingh won the TIC Caribbean Innovation Competition, while Vicky Harripersad won the MVP award at the Girls in ICT Hack-a-thon;
  • Graduated our first cohort from the University of Sunderland, BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme (SBCS TR) ;
  • Graduated our first, full combined cohort  from the University of Greenwich  BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Technology) and BSc (Hons) Engineering Management (Construction);
  • Hosted our first Teaching and Learning Conference in collaboration with the University of Greenwich, ADAPT;
  • Hosted our largest Graduation Ceremony to date; over 350 graduands crossed our stage!

Also of note, we acknowledged the distinguished tenure of Mrs. Zorida Ali-Hassan, who retired from lecturing after 15 years of service with SBCS. Mrs. Ali-Hassan was one of our finest and most dedicated teachers in Law and Communications for over a decade, as well as a valued member of SBCS’ Academic Advisory Board. We wish her well in her retirement.

There were also a few sad moments,  perhaps the saddest being the passing of one of our longest serving lecturers, and member of the SBCS Academic Advisory Board, Mr. Peter Pariag. He touched many lives during his over 20 years of teaching at SBCS and made an invaluable contribution to our growth and development, both as teacher and advisor.  He will always be a part of the SBCS family.

As we transition into the new year, we do so with a feeling of excitement and anticipation, despite the removal of GATE and a struggling economy.  2018 will see SBCS implementing many initiatives to improve the standard and quality of excellence in all areas of our operations: new, SBCS-developed qualifications; internship and apprenticeship opportunities; improved Alumni relations; enhanced ICT integration in teaching and learning – these and many more ventures are timetabled for commissioning in the coming year.

In closing,  on behalf of the SBCS  Global learning Institute community, I would like to thank you for choosing us for your studies.  We hope that your experience thus far has been both enjoyable and productive, and we urge you to communicate to us your suggestions and recommendations on how we can improve our service to you. Despite the trying economic times, our primary goal remains to deliver to you a truly outstanding educational experience.

For now, though, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. And to our Christian colleagues, I wish you a holy Christmas.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.


Warm regards,


Robin R. Maraj

Executive Director


For a detailed listing of the availability of study facilities for current students during the period December 19, 2017 – January 1, 2018, please visit SBCS Christmas schedule notice 2017

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