The Da Vinci Institute



The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a School of Management 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 personalized 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 first Chief Executive Officer, Professor Benjamin Anderson, joined The Institute during 2005. Under his leadership The Institute received full registration and accreditation status from the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Council on Higher Education during 2006. The first Institutional Audit was conducted during 2006 by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).

Being a Mode 2 educational institution, The Institute is focused on the creation of knowledge that is trans-disciplinary in nature, socially relevant and of which the intent is to solve practical problems and to contribute towards the professional development of the people involved. It is in this context that The Institute facilitates a journey of self-discovery for prospective business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Institute derives its passion from developing entrepreneurs and future managerial leaders who will contribute to the facilitation of a sustainable and socio-economic transformed society. The Institute offers a spectrum of learning solutions including aspects related to, amongst others, entrepreneurship, innovation management, systems thinking and managerial leadership. By offering students an opportunity to participate in an international immersion they could obtain a truly global perspective on managerial leadership development as it presents itself in different parts of the world. Students are able to participate in small classes, 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.

The Institute which is situated in the serene and peaceful suburb of Modderfontein, offers Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate qualifications in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems (TIPS™) and Business Management.

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Integrating the TIPS™ framework, The Institute is able to engage, align and become agile in co-creating new workplace realities with students and sponsors. The framework enables The Institute to offer a truly customised service to meet its client’s ever changing organisational performance needs.

The Institute is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no 2004/HE07/003. The Institute’s qualifications are accredited by the Council of Higher Education and recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority.


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MSc in Management of Technology and Innovation

Distance learning February 2018 South Africa Lethabong

This Master of Science (MSc) qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation is targeted at senior and executive management. The programme is based on course work and a major research topic. [+]

The MSc qualification, is based both on modular work and a dissertation. Candidates are expected to utilise their newly acquired knowledge and skills related to the Management of Technology, Innovation, People and Systems to solve a work-related challenge. DEMAND The qualification is specifically designed to enable more senior members of an organisation to realise their true potential by: Developing them to lead multi-discipline teams tasked to facilitate business improvement and socio-economic transformation; Acquiring the competence to lead a system (resources) and to develop technology and innovation related activities to meet their business objectives; and Providing personal development opportunities for them to contribute significantly to the development of wealth within the South African economy. PURPOSE People who achieve this qualification should be able to: Initiate organisational change; Integrate systemic principles in solving organisational problems; Incorporate the management of technology, the management of innovation and the management of people principles into business planning processes; and Transform communities by initiating sustainable development initiatives. LEVEL DESCRIPTORS The Institute provides a contextual learning environment in which students develop the capacity to: Operate in variable and unfamiliar learning contexts, requiring responsibility and initiative; Accurately evaluate, identify and address their own learning needs; and Interact effectively within a learning group. Students are required to translate their theoretical understanding of the appropriate subject material offered at Master’s level, into demonstrable application at the workplace and are able to do the following in terms of: Scope of knowledge, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate knowledge... [-]


Academic Opening 2016

Graduation 8 September 2016

Presidents Dinner

Inaugural Lecture


The Da Vinci Institute

Address The Da Vinci Institute 16 Park Avenue
1609 Lethabong, South Africa
Phone +27 11 608 1331