Northern Caribbean University (NCU) produces some
of the most business savvy graduates with an excellent work ethic. This
can in part be attributed to the hands on training and work experience our
students garner through the University Business Services (UBS) sector.
Since its inception, the institution has been renowned for its innovative strategies that enable financially challenged students to achieve their educational goals. NCU is the master of the Work-study
programme. Though the structure of the programme and the University’s culture has
evolved with the changing times, NCU has managed to keep this unique blend of
study and work opportunities in on-campus industries alive, and has facilitated its students in paying their tuition. University Business Services is a sector
of the institution which helps makes this possible.
A piece of the finely crafted furniture on display at the NCU Wood Product Department
The UBS endeavours to foster a professional,
entrepreneurial spirit among students. It is comprised of several small business
ventures: Hilltop Hotel, Food Services (Sorenson Hall Cafeteria, Four Points
Cafe, and All-Brands Suprette), NCU Book and Gift Shop, NCU Copy Centre, Post
Office, NCU Press, NCU Wood Products and Tub-n-Tumble Laundromat. All these
entities make up a critical source of income that helps to make the University financially viable; yet it is also mutually beneficail to both students and the institution,
generating new income to keep down the cost of tuition.
Since January 2007, UBS has been under the
supervision of a vigilant General Manager, Ms. Sally-Anne Corrodus. She has
enjoyed working tirelessly to build and maintain the profitability of UBS, and to generally improve its efficiency, infrastructure, and facilities.
Over the past five years, there has been marked improvement and revamping in many
of the businesses.
In addition to maintaining a self-sustained,
debt-free operation, UBS is on an upward move “from good to great” as described
by Mrs Corrodus. She further added that, "the cafeteria has seen the acquisition of
new equipment for its kitchen, the consolidation of the pastry department, the
introduction of a new check-out system, and a revised and improved menu with
a greater emphasis on health food options. The Hilltop Hotel has been renovated for more
luxurious and comfortable service. The Woodshop was re-established after it was damaged by hurricane Dean resulting in its closure. There has also been a re-tooling of the
Laundromat and the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment for the NCU Press."
Undoubtedly, the University has benefited
from commendable growth in the relationship it has with its corporate allies
and suppliers. Many of the organizations with whom NCU conducts business have
caught the vision of NCU for Nation Development and this has resulted in their
investing and collaborting with the University. They
have also extended a helping hand in events such as NCU Sports Day and Customer
But, despite facing mounting challenges, UBS has continued to thrive and looks to further improve its services and facilities.
Ms. Corrodus describes her work as more than just a job but “a calling” and, is committed to giving her all to the benefit of needy students and the
elimination of poverty.
(Corporate Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations)