The Da Vinci Institute
The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a School of Managerial Leadership 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 Mr 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 Da Vinci Institute’s academic programmes include Higher Certificate and Diploma programmes, a BCom (Business Management) and a Master and PhD degree in Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI).
The PhD programme is aimed at senior managers and executives, in which candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to develop new concepts that will significantly improve their organisations. Our PhD students are also encouraged to participate in our monthly Curiosita workshops to present and discuss their work, and to provide mutual support in the quest for continuous learning.
The Master degree is based on course work and a research topic. Candidates are expected to utilise their newly acquired skills to solve a work-related challenge.
BCom (Business Management)
The Bachelor of Commerce degree is unique in that it adopts an action learning process using systems thinking as a base. Candidates are expected to gain an understanding of their own business environment and identify key challenges facing their own organisations.
Higher Certificate Programme
The Higher Certificate programme is aimed at developing people who have been earmarked for the management stream within their organisation. Candidates are provided with the basic concepts of managing technology, innovation, people and systems within a working environment.