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Welcome to the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership

About Us

RESPONSIBLE

EMPOWERING

MINDFUL

ALIGNED

REVOLUTIONARY

KIND

AGILE

BOLD

LEADING

ENGAGING

OUR VALUE PROPOSITION

  • Contextual approach to education
  • Co-creating experiences
  • Integration of constructs into workable options
  • Bespoke learning and personalised engagement
  • Meeting of the minds

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR REMARKABILITY

  • Being authentic, grounded, and true to oneself
  • Being socially accountable, relevant, and dynamic
  • Actively promote diversity and heterogeneity
  • Advocating and managing quality in meaningful ways
  • Acknowledging the world as a set of interconnected systems
  • Awakening the senses
  • Embracing holism and living harmoniously
  • Appreciating the shadow
  • Mastering balance with integrity
  • Having a distinctive voice

OUR CORE PRINCIPLES

The Da Vinci Institute was founded at the behest of the honourable Nelson Mandela, connected to Madiba’s dream of widening access to education and his vision that “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

To this end, The Institute was conceptualised in 2004 with the vision of offering education solutions focusing on the management of technology and innovation. The vision was to educate future leaders who would emulate the teachings of Nelson Mandela and Leonardo Da Vinci.

The Institute’s guiding principles are a co-creation of some of the broad principles often associated with the visionary leadership of Leonardo Da Vinci and Nelson Mandela, reconceptualised to represent the lived principles of The Institute.

Underpinning our guiding principles is the concept of remarkability, which is impressed upon, and recognised in all of our staff, students, alumni, partners and associates.

DREAM

Influencing the co-creation of sustainable societies

PURPOSE

Strengthening the growth of agile, aligned and engaged managerial leaders

PROMISE

Co-creating realities

STRATEGIC INTENT

To strengthen the growth of agile, aligned and engaged managerial leaders, who co-create innovative ecosystems and sustainable transformational societies

WHAT WE VALUE AT DAVINCI

Curiosity

Our insatiable curiosity manifests through our teaching, learning, research, community engagement and other scholarly activities, to advance The Institute’s dream, purpose, and strategic intent. We acknowledge the multi-faceted relationship between curiosity and the production, discovery, and dissemination of diverse knowledge in advancing learning and innovation. By being curious, we become lifelong learners who are willing to challenge the status quo with open-mindedness and deep questioning.

Inclusivity 

We place great value on and strive towards, just, diverse, transformational, and inclusive societies where the rights, differences, and dignity of others are respected. DaVincians are encouraged to find their own voice, use their voices for the greater good, engage in open inquiry and infuse honesty and integrity into all dealings. On the road to responsible citizenship, we strive towards yielding a return on investment through research that seeks to address social, economic, and environmental imperatives.

Co-creation

We value our role in influencing the co-creation of sustainable societies by contributing towards the strengthening of the growth of agile, aligned and engaged managerial leaders. These leaders are responsible for probing business- and community-based problems, collaborative innovation and advancing knowledge that contributes towards sustainable, inclusive, and transformative ecosystems. In our endeavours, we strive with commitment, purpose, and integrity to co-create relevant knowledge. All DaVincians are further expected to be accountable for their actions and conduct in their communities and have a responsibility to contribute towards a community and society where people grow and develop through learning from one another.

Transdisciplinarity

The Institute encourages the production of knowledge that is transdisciplinary in nature, socially relevant, and actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity. In doing so, we apply situated learning, problem-probing, and decision-making as critical constructs to address business- and community-based problems. Complimentary to this, we strive towards the creation of new conceptual and theoretical frameworks as well as methodological and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches.