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Co-creating remarkable learning journeys

As a business school, DaVinci is dedicated to providing educational solutions that offer a return on investment for both business leaders and individuals. Our distance learning programmes, available online, range from Higher Certificate (NQF 5) to Doctoral Level (NQF 10).

Business school South Africa

Founded in 2004 at the behest of Nelson Mandela, our mission is to widen access to education and to empower future leaders to change the world through the teachings of Nelson Mandela and Leonardo Da Vinci. We believe that education is the most powerful weapon for effecting positive change in society.

Our focus is on the Management of Technology, Innovation, People and Systems Thinking (TIPS™), a unique proprietary framework that is embedded in all of our courses. This approach helps to enhance the performance of our students and their teams in developing economies and markets.

Whether you are starting your career, looking to reskill or upskill, DaVinci has a business degree that will suit your needs. Our flexible schedules allow you to study at your own pace, from anywhere and at any time. Our approach to learning goes beyond the traditional, ensuring that all students have a personal, social and economic return on investment (ROI) in their learning journey whilst using best practice models.

Empowering Leaders & Transforming Societies

We at the DaVinci Institute co-create transformative learning journeys to help students distinguish themselves in their careers through their impact and providing learning experiences to  students who need business and managerial leadership knowledge.

student studying via distance education

At the DaVinci Institute, we strive to prepare managerial leaders for transformative change in society.


Our approach emphasises the exploration of real-world business problems and the application of knowledge through action learning and research. Our goal is to develop agile, aligned, and engaged leaders who can drive innovation and create sustainable, humane societies.

We believe that the learning experience should be stimulating and conducive, which is why we create both physical and online spaces strategically across Africa. We also bring together experts and thought leaders in business and management to provide our students with a well-rounded education.

Our dedicated faculty have the qualifications, research expertise, and industry experience to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education that is grounded in real-world applications. By connecting students with local and global networks in industry, government, and academia, we aim to provide students with the opportunities and support they need to succeed in their careers.

The DaVinci Institute uses the principles of Mode 2 Knowledge Production in the student learning process.


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

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