The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a School of Management contributing towards socio-economic development and transformation. The Institute’s purpose is to cultivate managerial leaders 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 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 Chief Executive Officer, Professor Bennie 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).
Being a Mode 2 institution, The Institute is focused on the creation of knowledge that is trans-disciplinary in nature, socially relevant and of which the intent is to solve practical problems and to contribute towards the professional development of the people involved. It is in this context that The Institute facilitates a journey of self-discovery for prospective business leaders and entrepreneurs. As a Mode 2 institution Da Vinci is characterised by knowledge production in the context of professional applications, trans-disciplinary engagements, heterogeneity and organisational diversity, enhanced social accountability and a broad based system of quality control.
The Institute derives its passion from developing entrepreneurs and future business leaders who will facilitate a sustainable and socio-economic transformed society. Together with its South African and international partners, The Institute offers a spectrum of learning solutions including aspects related to, amongst other, entrepreneurship, innovation management, systems thinking and managerial leadership. By offering students an opportunity to participate in an international immersion they could obtain a truly global perspective on managerial leadership development as it presents itself in different parts of the world. Students are able to participate in small classes, 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 Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, and PhD programmes in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems (TIPS™) and Business (B).
By integrating the TIPS™ (B) framework, The Institute is able to engage, align and become agile in co-creating new workplace realities with students and sponsors. The framework enables The Institute to offer a truly customised service to meet its client’s 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 of Higher Education and its qualifications are recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority.
The strategic intent of The Institute is structured in terms of its purpose, dream, principles, and brand promise as outlined below.
To cultivate managerial leaders
To contribute to the development of a sustainable society
Seeking the truth (curiosita)
Taking responsibility (dimostrazione)
Sharpening awareness (sensazione)
Engaging the shadow (sfumato)
Cultivating balance (scienza)
Nurturing integration (corporalita)
Embracing holism (connessione)
To co-create reality