Leadership perspectives: technical, functional and diversity themes in higher education

14th September 2018

Sarah Haffenden

– by Noluthando Makhaza

Education is said to be the most powerful weapon through which we can change and transform the world. This quote by Tata Nelson Mandela has been widely used over the years  and still holds great value and relevance in our society, as we face issues on a daily basis that require rapid and effective solutions. In this regard, recently UKZN and MUT academic and support leaders from various faculties, gathered to discuss significant and relevant subjects during their third and last module of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP).

The themes included the following: Understanding research in higher education; Global and national trends in teaching and learning in higher education; Assessment and curricula design principles of assessment as well as Understanding diversity in the popular local and global contexts – issues of race, gender, class, disability, religion and culture.

The role of  leaders and managers in the higher education sector in our country proves to be noteworthy as they are not only expected to perform academic duties such as creating curricula, monitoring research and trends in teaching and learning, but are also required to improve communication in managing change in Higher Education.

The LDP is a great platform as it instils appropriate skills and knowledge to lead and manage in multicultural and multinational academic environments and assists in improving knowledge and awareness of governance, ethical and legal issues in the higher education sector.


For more information on the LDP, including entrance requirements, upcoming intake, and programme fee, please contact the course coordinator:

Calvin van Doorn

T: +27 31 260 1728

E: Vandoorn@ukzn.ac.za