Expansion of the Postgraduate Programme in Peacebuilding

This large programme currently has about 60 doctoral students, and a smaller number of Masters students.  Our intention is to develop a Coursework Masters Programme in 2018.  See the menu item for fuller information.

The Cornerstone module

This is a course that all 1st year students will take in future.  It is a central part of the General Education programme of Durban University of Technology (DUT), and addresses the key challenges of the educational journeys that students are taking, in particular developing a sense of agency and hope within higher education. in 2017 about 4 100 students are taking Cornerstone.

The Innovative Leadership Programme

Currently 45 DUT students are involved in a series of workshops and project placement, aimed to develop them as leaders.  The emphasis is on ethical leadership and on the philosophy of servant leadership.

Each group of students is attached to a specific project that requires that they take on diverse leadership tasks.  This project will inform the development of a module on leadership within the General Education programme.

DUT Dialogues

In collaboration with Art for Humanity, ICON is leading a series of dialogues on campus that aim to build stronger cohesion amongst staff and students of the University.

Research projects

ICON is part of a partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, McGill University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Agenda, entitled Networks of Change and Wellbeing.  This focuses on the development of girls’ and young women’s leadership in the area of sexual violence.  A group of young women at DUT are currently developing a project in this area.

ICON and staff of Student Governance and the HIV Counselling Centre are conducting a Safe Campuses project, using visual methodologies, that aims both to understand how spaces at and around DUT are safe or unsafe to specific student groups, and to foster transformation towards greater safety and inclusion.


Crispin Hemson, ICON Director, writes regularly for The Mercury, the daily newspaper based in Durban.