Leading and Managing in the Contemporary University through Complexity, Volatility & Change

Foundations of Leadership

The Higher Education Leadership & Management Programme (HELM) is the organisational development, management education and leadership arm of Universities South Africa (USAF), the collaborative body consisting of all South African public universities.

HELM offers a variety of organisational and training services and courses to the higher education sector, Including a Foundations of Leadership Programme (FoL) in two versions — for Academic Leadership and for University Managers.

The objectives of the Foundations of Leadership Programme are to:

  • Develop an informed perspective on leadership & strategic planning in Universities;
  • Promote creative problem-solving through a participative pedagogy, self-reflection & group interaction;
  • Acquire new perspectives & skills which would contribute towards effective operations at your University;
  • Formally & informally engage with other participants, exchange ideas, and share experiences which support personal & institutional development.

The programme is delivered online and consists of two 2.5 Day Modules (total 5 days) — driven by expert inputs, personal and group exercises & customised case studies.

Foundations of Leadership Module 1 covers higher education policy & regulatory frameworks, transformation, leadership & management.

Foundations of Leadership Module 2 covers strategic planning, change management & people management.

This Foundations of Leadership Programme (FoL) is funded by the Department of Higher Education & Training through the University Development Capacity Grant and is therefore offered at no cost to the public university sector. However, participants need to attend and complete the entire 2 X 2.5 day programme. If you are interested in attending.

You may only select and register for one of the Part 1 dates provided in the links above.

FoL 1 for Academics:

16-18 August 2023
19-21 September 2023

FoL 1 for University Managers:

2-4 August 2023
6-8 September 2023

Please download the authorisation form here for Academics and for University Managers here. The form needs to be signed by your line manager. Please note that Part 1 must be completed before proceeding to Part 2. Registration links for Part 2 will be provided in due course.

Please note: You may only select and register for one of the Part 1 dates provided in the links below. Please note that Part 1 must be completed before proceeding to Part 2. Registration links for Part 2 will be provided in due course.

Contact Details

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Buchler or Molatelo Motswe:
Email: helm@helm.ac.za

The registration form is designed to capture important information regarding HELM participants for monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as the reporting requirements from nominating universities. The section on biographical information is a funding requirement by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in order to report on all University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG) beneficiaries/transformation indicators. Please assist us by completing all aspects of the registration form in order that HELM can comply with DHET’s reporting and participating universities requirements for this programme funded through the DHET UCDG.

Foundations of Leadership (Part 1)

Register Here