The programme is an initiative of the University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), KnowInnovation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

It serves early-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities, using a highly interactive approach to training, application of skills to leadership projects, peer support, and mentorship. The TYRLP’s inaugural workshop was presented on 23 and 24 November 2015, with the second round held on 04 and 05 October 2016. The process involved an approach that cycled between theory, application and reflection. Participants were challenged to work collaboratively to design initiatives that advance a new paradigm for their science. 

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 The leadership programme:

-identifies early-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills,

-supports them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the development of their academic career and its impact,

-creates a network of early-career academic leaders at UP that spans disciplinary boundaries, and

-advances a curriculum for academic leadership development, which can be utilised by others.

The programme aims to form within the University a community of like-minded young researchers who possess qualities that will contribute towards UP becoming a leading research-intensive University, in line with the projected UP 2025 vision.