The British School of Commerce (BSC), a division of the LSC Group, was set up in Colombo in October 2010 to be a leading higher education provider in Sri Lanka and the region. “We wanted to provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at an affordable cost to students from Sri Lanka and neighbouring countries in the South Asian region” says Mr. Tim Andradi, founder and CEO of the LSC Group. “This vision was and remains aligned to the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to promote Sri Lanka as a regional hub in higher education.”
Since its inception, BSC has supported 2,308 students from eight countries in postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. It has also positively contributed to Sri Lanka’s economy, by saving a considerable amount of foreign exchange that would otherwise have gone to foreign countries, on the one hand, and attracting a large amount of foreign exchange into Sri Lanka with foreign students studying at BSC, on the other. BSC’s success in doing that in the past five years has certainly encouraged and paved the way for other investors to start similar ventures in Sri Lanka.
“The demand for qualified managers, that is individuals with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business and Management disciplines, is very high” says Mr Andradi. “Furthermore, British qualifications are much sought after by students in Sri Lanka and the South Asia region.”
The BSC building is centrally located on McLeod Road in Colombo. Facilities for students include six spacious lecture rooms capable of accommodating 300 students at any given time, a well-stocked library, an IT laboratory, staff rooms, counseling rooms and space for student recreation.
The fully accredited campus currently offers UK programmes validated by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Suffolk. Earlier this year, BSC has also launched a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme. This has been welcomed by BSC alumni who have been requesting a post-Masters qualification and BSC has already had a first DBA intake of 13 students. Students studying at BSC also appreciate the opportunity to transfer to any of sister campuses either in London or Kuala Lumpur. They are able to do this for any module or final semester and we believe this is an attractive incentive for students as no additional tuition fees would have to be paid in exploiting this opportunity.
The next stage in BSC’s development is to apply for independent degree awarding status in due course. Representatives from the LSC Group senior management have met the Hon. Minister of Higher Education and other senior officers in the Ministry. Keep a look out for developments on this front.