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Today, The Da Vinci Institute observes International Day for the Abolition of Slavery...

The focus of this day is on combating human trafficking, the sexual exploitation of children, forced marriage, and child labour. In view of the international community's efforts to eliminate such practices, the concept of slavery may be a relic of the past. However, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and child abuse are still present in our society. 

Therefore, we must continue to work towards ending all those forms of slavery, and focus our efforts on co-creating a more humane, sustainable society where all people can live with dignity and respect.
Is it Ms, Mr or Mrs? No it’s Dr actually...

A Doctorate is a journey not a destination. Your destination is unlimited as a leader when you support the contribution of new knowledge in the business leadership domain that resolve socio-economic challenges.

Do you have some important new business leadership knowledge to share? Come enrol for your Doctor of Business Leadership.

Learn More: https://zcu.io/BY7y
We would like to congratulate one of our remarkable Doctoral alumnus, Dr Zain Reddiar who has been selected as one of the Global 200 Power Leaders in HR 2022-23, by White Page International. This is in recognition of Dr Reddiar's work and contributions to the field of Human Resource Management across the African and Middle Eastern continents.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Reddiar for his continued contribution to co-creating the landscape of people management and highlighting the importance of human capital contribution in business across continents.
If you want to change the result of something, you need to be open to not only viewing what is right in front of you but seeing the world through multiple lenses, realities and endless possibilities. It is about exploring things outside of the known and knowable and considering the unknown and even the chaotic. By doing this you can deconstruct and reconstruct things to have new meaning. Although it may feel risky and requires courage, remember some of the best leaders take risks courageously in the pursuit of a favourable end goal for all. Once you develop the ability to comfortably sit in the unknown and chaotic, as much as in the known and knowable, you will feel yourself transform into an agile, aligned and engaged managerial leader, able to influence the co-creation of more humane sustainable societies. Try it! The result will be worth the effort.
Plagued by memories of having to learn ‘off by heart’ at school? Terrified of studying as an adult?... 

The Da Vinci Institute turns this type of learning on its head, by flipping the classroom, and using the principles of Mode 2 Knowledge production. Say what? Now we got you thinking…. wondering what this means….  

Da Vinci Institute teaches according to the principles of Mode 2 knowledge production. This ensures a focus on the creation of knowledge that is:

Transdisciplinary in nature – this is all about looking at different views by engaging different disciplines. Why? Well, this way one can come up with more comprehensive and reliable solutions. The Da Vinci Institute recognises that in real-life authentic situations, business leaders and managers need to deal with a range of disciplines to solve problems and achieve organisational objectives.

Socially relevant – what you learn must matter, be relevant and impactful to society and have a social return on investment. Then as a leader you can have better impact and influence workplace realities and/or entrepreneurial activities.   

Actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity – people bring their own skills and experiences when producing knowledge and this must always be recognised. Your voice matters! Students are encouraged to draw from unlimited toolsets. Even in a workplace context, a team probing a problem may change over time, as requirements change, or some people are no longer part of the team. This allows for greater diversity in both the composition and structure, enabling a project team approach. Knowledge in this way can be generated in lots of contexts and for different organisations – meaning you will learn to be agile in any situation and work context.  

The intention of Mode 2 is to apply situated learning, problem-probing, and decision-making to address business- and community-based problems.  

To provide students with a remarkable educational experience, the Da Vinci Institute, as an online distance provider of higher education, makes use of ‘flipped classrooms’, an andragogical (adult learning) approach, where the primary educational material is prepared by the students before the tuition support session, and where the tuition support sessions are then used as spaces for co-operative engagements and the co-creation of knowledge. 

Interested to learn more? Click here: https://www.davinci.ac.za/
With the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, you can gain a deeper understanding of business and become a more effective leader. https://www.davinci.ac.za/
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STUDENTS & ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

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08 Dec: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Development & Reflection with The Da Vinci Institute’s Vivian Katjedi

Vivian Katjedi, a remarkable student – is currently completing the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, with elective modules in New Venture Creation (NVC) at The Da Vinci Institute In this recent catch up with Vivian, she reflects on her journey, and talks about what she’s learned along the way. Tell us about yourself and your background. I am a 26-year-old professional voice-over artist, born and raised in Johannesburg. I have a Diploma in Quality and Operations Management from the University of Johannesburg. I am a skin and hair care enthusiast who enjoys self-care Sundays while watching football. My love for personal care is what inspired my entrepreneurial journey and the birth of my business. How did you hear about The Da Vinci Institute? I heard about The Da Vinci Institute on Facebook. How has your experience been as a student of The DaVinci Institute? The Da Vinci…

Human Resource Professionals & Organisational Culture
07 Dec: Tatiana Page: Human Resource Professionals & Organisational Culture

In our engagement with Tatiana Page, who is a recent Master’s degree graduate of The Da Vinci Institute – she shared her voice regarding the role of human resource (HR) professionals in relation to workplace bullying, thus the role thereof in perpetuating a toxic leadership culture in organisations, which remains unscrutinised. Tatiana’s dissertation is entitled “The role of HR professionals in contributing to toxic leadership in a selected organisation”, and she speaks about her academic journey with The Da Vinci Institute in this Q&A catch-up. Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. I have worked and consulted with organisations in the ICT, banking, retail, and petrochemical industries, occupying various roles within the human resource discipline. My career spans almost two decades and in the last 8 years, I have provided strategic leadership and expertise in the areas of talent management and organisational development. Please provide us…

VIGENTHREN PANDARAM
31 Oct: Vigenthren Pandaram: Turning The Tide Of Engineering Turnover

The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s alumnus Vigenthren Pandaram has dedicated his life and career to engineering, a field in which he has an abiding passion. When tracing the start of his career trajectory in the field of engineering, Vigenthren Pandaram reminisces that working life for him began after graduating with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at ML Sultan Technikon (now called Durban University of Technology) in 1990. Following which, Vigenthren completed an apprenticeship in 1991. It was between 1991 and 1996 that “I worked in the gold mining industry as an underground fitter and later moved to the manufacturing industry as a fitter and turner”, Vigenthren says. With an engineering background and when a timely chance to make use for it came to pass, the year 1996 was a period in which Vigenthren decided to shift career gears and joined Eskom, where he was offered an opportunity to be…

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24 Aug: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: Q&A session with Khabazela Mkize

Recently, DaVinci had a catch-up with one of our gifted students Khabazela Mkize, who is currently completing the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, with elective modules in New Venture Creation (NVC) here at The Institute. Khabazela is a 26-year-old, hailing from Pollak Park in Springs and he shares his story…    | Khabazela reflects on his journey |  Tell us about yourself and a bit about your background.  My name is Khabazela Mpumelelo Mkize. I am a 26-year-old student and a diligent worker, trying to create a better future for myself and my family. I currently reside with my father at Pollak Park in Springs. We have been living together since I was 4-years old when my mother passed away after a horrific road accident. This difficult experience landed my dad and I in very tough financial situations. Consequently, there has been a lot of opportunities that…

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17 Aug: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: A Q&A session with Perciwell Van Staden

Meet Perciwell Van Staden, one of our students currently completing a Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation with electives in New Venture Creation | We sat down with Perciwell and engaged him about his journey and gained some insights about his hopes for the future. Here is what he had to say… | Tell us about yourself and your background. My name is Perciwell Van Staden, I am 29 years old and currently live in Actonville, Benoni. I come from the humblest of beginnings, and from a big family of about 6 siblings, to be exact. Having said that, and as life is for most of us, assisting financially at home was more important than attaining a tertiary education. So, I have been doing odd jobs since matriculating. This New Venture Creation (NVC) programme sponsored by Gauteng City Regional Academy (GCRA) has been my first real shot at…

BLOG FEATURE IMAGE A Journey of Self-Discovery, Development and Reflection
08 Dec: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Development & Reflection with The Da Vinci Institute’s Vivian Katjedi

Vivian Katjedi, a remarkable student – is currently completing the Higher Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation, with elective modules in New Venture Creation (NVC) at The Da Vinci Institute In this recent catch up with Vivian, she reflects on her journey, and talks about what she’s learned along the way. Tell us about yourself and your background. I am a 26-year-old professional voice-over artist, born and raised in Johannesburg. I have a Diploma in Quality and Operations Management from the University of Johannesburg. I am a skin and hair care enthusiast who enjoys self-care Sundays while watching football. My love for personal care is what inspired my entrepreneurial journey and the birth of my business. How did you hear about The Da Vinci Institute? I heard about The Da Vinci Institute on Facebook. How has your experience been as a student of The DaVinci Institute? The Da Vinci…

Human Resource Professionals & Organisational Culture
07 Dec: Tatiana Page: Human Resource Professionals & Organisational Culture

In our engagement with Tatiana Page, who is a recent Master’s degree graduate of The Da Vinci Institute – she shared her voice regarding the role of human resource (HR) professionals in relation to workplace bullying, thus the role thereof in perpetuating a toxic leadership culture in organisations, which remains unscrutinised. Tatiana’s dissertation is entitled “The role of HR professionals in contributing to toxic leadership in a selected organisation”, and she speaks about her academic journey with The Da Vinci Institute in this Q&A catch-up. Please give us a brief overview of your career to date. I have worked and consulted with organisations in the ICT, banking, retail, and petrochemical industries, occupying various roles within the human resource discipline. My career spans almost two decades and in the last 8 years, I have provided strategic leadership and expertise in the areas of talent management and organisational development. Please provide us…

VIGENTHREN PANDARAM
31 Oct: Vigenthren Pandaram: Turning The Tide Of Engineering Turnover

The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s alumnus Vigenthren Pandaram has dedicated his life and career to engineering, a field in which he has an abiding passion. When tracing the start of his career trajectory in the field of engineering, Vigenthren Pandaram reminisces that working life for him began after graduating with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at ML Sultan Technikon (now called Durban University of Technology) in 1990. Following which, Vigenthren completed an apprenticeship in 1991. It was between 1991 and 1996 that “I worked in the gold mining industry as an underground fitter and later moved to the manufacturing industry as a fitter and turner”, Vigenthren says. With an engineering background and when a timely chance to make use for it came to pass, the year 1996 was a period in which Vigenthren decided to shift career gears and joined Eskom, where he was offered an opportunity to be…

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