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The Development and Leadership Unit (DLU)

Our vision is to develop high and positive impact world leaders for a better society by creating a vibrant student life experience.

We aim to create an environment that is enabling, empowering and one that allows the space for constructive debate, critical enquiry, civic engagement and challenging the status quo for the benefit of the students and society at large.

There are a variety of learning platforms DLU develops students through such as; 

  • Leadership Camps, Roundtables, Training and Development
  • Journeys of Discovery
  • Outdoor Experiential Related Learning

By creating a unique out-of-classroom environment, we're able to maximise the opportunities for student personal growth and intense self-discovery through exciting and challenging co-curricular activities and student leadership training. 

 We focus on:

  • Leadership Development and Experiential Programmes 
  • First Year Experience (FYE) Programme 
  • Student Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
  • Diversity Programmes and Initiatives 



The First Year Experience (FYE) programme provides a support to aid the transition from high school to university by providing a support structure aimed at empowering and equipping first year university students with the necessary tools and essential skills to navigate successfully through university.



The Wits Student Guide is a comprehensive information booklet that highlights all the support services offered to students by the Division of Student Affairs, Student Support Offices and Faculties at large within the University. The publication is targeted at first-year students, with the aims of shedding light on all support services, where they can be located and accessed as well as contact details. In it, there are also student support resources such as reference guides, navigating one’s way around Johannesburg and financial literacy.

For further information on how to register for these exciting development and leadership programmes as well as to find out more contact us.

DLU offices are situated on the first floor of the Student Union Building (Matrix).
Tel: (011) 717 9234