Welcome to Da Vinci

The Da Vinci Institute  

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a School of Business Leadership offering accredited higher education programmes. The Institute’s strategic intent is to strengthen the growth of agile, aligned and engaged leaders, who co-create innovative eco-systems and sustainable transformational societies. The institute lives out its purpose through the core principles of business-driven action learning by offering students a personalised journey of self-discovery and co-creation.

The Institute was established in 2004 as a result of a decision by Warwick University to exit the education landscape in South Africa because of the then revised regulatory requirements for overseas universities in the country. With the support of Mr Nelson Mandela and Dr Ben Ngubane, the Marcus family decided to continue with the work started by Warwick and as a result established what is now well known as The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. The Institute was provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education in 2004.

The first and current Chief Executive Officer, Professor Benjamin Anderson, joined The Institute during 2005. Under his leadership, The Institute received full registration and accreditation status from the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Council on Higher Education during 2006. The first Institutional Audit was conducted during 2006 by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).

Following a Mode 2 approach to education, The Institute is focused on the creation of knowledge that is trans-disciplinary in nature, socially relevant, actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity and of which the intent is to apply situated learning, problem probing and decision making as critical constructs to solve work-based problems and contribute towards the professional development of the people involved.  

The Institute derives its passion from developing entrepreneurs and future business leaders who will influence the co-creation of sustainable societies. The Institute offers a spectrum of learning solutions including aspects related to, amongst other, entrepreneurship, innovation management, systems thinking and managerial leadership. The institute is a distance provider and students engage in small groups, affording them the opportunity to reflect on their own learning and to integrate such with that of people who represent a wide range of cultural backgrounds and organisational realities.

The Institute which is situated in the serene and peaceful suburb of Modderfontein, offers a Higher Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors degree, Master’s degree, and Doctorate degree. The programmes focus on the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems (TIPS™) and Business Management.

By integrating the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework, The Institute is able to strengthen the growth of agile, aligned and engaged leaders co-creating realities with our students and sponsors. The framework enables The Institute to meet its clients’ ever-changing organisational performance needs.

The Institute is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no. 2004/ HE07/003. The Institute’s qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education and recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority.

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