The Da Vinci Institute held its Official Academic Opening on Thursday 16 February 2017. The momentous occasion combined elements of academic and African contexts that begun with the ceremonial flag hoisting. The Academic Procession led the march around the Da Vinci campus as students, guests and staff watched on with awe.
Special guests included TT100 Certificate mentors, Mr Miguel Cunha from Wiesenhof Wilgers, Mr Barry Kramer from Massmart, Mr Lee McFayden from SVA Consult and Mr Michael Roberts from Khonology. Also in attendance was Ms Natalie du Toit, Brand Ambassador of The Da Vinci Institute.
The formal welcome was made by President of The Institute, Prof Edward Kieswetter, whose address served as words of encouragement to not fall into a trap of following blindly. It takes great courage, maturity and generosity to be a leader, a leader that motivates and empowers their followers.
Mr Sechaba Motsieloa, Chairman of the Da Vinci Council offered simple advice to spectators, “We have been given a voice so that we can express ourselves. Get used to listening to your own voice until you are comfortable with it – and then share it, the world is yearning to hear it. You need to move your thinking in order to effect change. Our thoughts have creative powers. They are alive and give meaning to life. Not just your own life but even to all of life itself.”
Student Representative, Mrs Janet du Preez stated, “Da Vinci students are uniquely poised to participate in the potential explosion of innovation and technology on the African continent. It is people like us who will ensure that Africa contributes intentionally and benefits economically in the Exponential Age. Let us support one another as students as we expand the bounds of our knowledge, test the limits of understanding, and most importantly positively impact our world.”
The Academic Opening ceremony served to announce and gown the following Faculty Heads, for the 2017 year.
Mr John Arneson, Faculty Head of Marketing
Dr Vulumuzi Bhebhe, Faculty Head of Entrepreneurship
Dr Jan Bosman, Faculty Head of Management of People, Managerial Leadership
Mr Ben Burger, Faculty Head of Risk Management
Mr Graeme de Bruyn, Faculty Head of Business Management
Mr Isaiah Engelbrecht, Faculty Head of Management of Innovation
Mr Richard Goddard, Faculty Head of Statistics and faculty member of Economics, Business Management and Numeracy
Mrs Henra Mayer, Faculty Head of Management of Innovation
Mr Raldu Nel, Faculty Head of Monitoring and Evaluation
Mr Greg Tosen, Faculty Head of Management of Technology and faculty member of Systems
In coinciding with the African theme, Gauteng Opera, an all-round performing arts and entertainment company sang beautiful songs with power, passion and precision. Equally, Drumtribe, an interactive drumming team facilitated a rhythmic rumble of drumbeats and energy.
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