What we do












The Institute’s guiding principles are a co-selection of some of the broad principles often associated with the visionary leadership of Nelson Mandela and the innovative approaches to knowledge creation and dissemination of Leonardo DaVinci, contextualised to represent the lived principles of The Institute. In addition, part of The Institute’s dream is to further both the objectives expressed in the South African National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) and to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals within the context of the 5th Industrial Revolution (5IR) and African Union’s Agenda 2063. Thus, it is the aim of The Institute to contribute to a human-centred approach to further the creation of just, humane, inclusive, and sustainable transformational societies. The guiding principles towards remarkability are:


  • Being authentic, grounded, and true to oneself
  • Being socially accountable, relevant, and dynamic
  • Actively promoting 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.

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 was founded in 2004 and 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 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 Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership, a Master of Management in Technology and Innovation, a Master of Business Leadership, a Doctor of Business Leadership, 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.