Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) was formed in 2002 with funding from the Mellon Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. Over the course of the next four years, it expanded its programmatic offerings to address a number of skill/opportunity gaps within the sector. In particular:
- The Fellows Program of the American Council on Education (ACE) in which selected senior leaders who had the potential of becoming university Vice-Chancellors are placed in an internship programme “shadowing” the President of a US university.
- The Women in Higher Education Executive Leadership (WHEEL).
- The Thematic Workshop Series focused on special topics of high interest to higher education managers and leaders such as third stream income or new higher education policies and laws.
- The Higher Education Management Certificate offered by the School of Public Management and Development of the University of the Witwatersrand with full student funding from the ETDP SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority).
- The Heads of Schools and Academic Departments Programme offered special seminars to middle managers on topics like financial strategies in higher education, organisational development, quality assurance, and strategic planning.
- The Vice-Chancellors Programme brought together the leaders of universities to deliberate on special topics concerning the mission of higher education institutions in society and the environment within which such missions are to be fulfilled.