Who are we?

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (PTY) Ltd (Da Vinci), situated in Modderfontein, Johannesburg is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education provider under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no. 2004/HE07/003. The Institute offers higher education qualifications in the distance mode of delivery, accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

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. To align with this strategic intent, The Institute facilitates the holistic development of diverse leaders, incorporating excellence in the management of technology, innovation, people and systemic thinking in all of our offerings.

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. At the behest of Mr Nelson Mandela, 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 in 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 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. In doing such, The Institute intends to contribute towards the professional development of the people involved.

The Institute derives its passion from preparing entrepreneurs, prospective managers and business leaders to take control of their working environments and lead their teams to facilitate socio-economic development, thereby influencing the co-creation of sustainable societies. The Institute offers a Higher Certificate in the Management of Technology and Innovation, a Diploma in the Management of Technology and Innovation, a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management, a Master of Management in Technology and Innovation, and a Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation, thus offering a spectrum of learning solutions that include aspects related to, amongst other, entrepreneurship, business management, innovation management, systems thinking and business leadership. 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.

By integrating a framework into our programmes called the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework (that contributes to the overarching field of Business Leadership), The Institute is able to promote the agility, alignment and engagement of people at work and truly facilitate a Mode 2 learning experience for students and sponsors alike, thus, meeting ever-changing organisational performance needs.

The strategic intent of The Institute is structured in terms of its purpose, dream, principles, and brand promise as outlined below.