Foundations of Leadership2023-07-05T11:39:25+02:00

Foundations of Leadership

This programme will provide senior and middle managers with the fundamental knowledge and skills on academic leadership and management, strategy and operations in higher education institutions.

The Higher Education Leadership & Management Programme (HELM) is the organisational development, management education and leadership arm of Universities South Africa (USAf), the association of South Africa’s 26 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), structured through expert inputs, personal and group exercises, and 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, please click on the link below and follow the registration links.

The Impact of
our Programmes

“Since I am new in academic leadership and management, all the aspects covered were valuable and I will definitely put them in my pocket as I partake on this new journey”.
— HoD UNISA 2021

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