The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Oxford academic joins NWU Optentia as extraordinary professor

Violence against children is a global health concern with an estimated 1 billion children affected annually. Prof Franziska Meinck will take a closer look at the subject during her upcoming prestige lecture as extraordinary profes...Read article

Optentia-affiliated staff at PhD defence in Bergen

Prof. Ian Rothmann (Director of Optentia) and Prof. Kirsti Lonka (Extraordinary Professor in Optentia) were appointed as opponents for the defence of the doctoral thesis of Eilin Kristine Erevik at Bergen University in Norway. The...Read article

Technology to aid in mental health and wellbeing

During the last decade, eMental Health has taken off with web-based and mobile interventions, becoming all the rage. Prof Saskia Kelders will explore this on 1 March 2018 during her prestige lecture as extraordinary professor at t...Read article

Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance visited Optentia

A delegation of the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) visited Optentia on 6 February 2018. Prof. Ian Rothmann and Prof. Mirna Nel gave an overview of the activities of Optentia, specif...Read article

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February 2018

Social participation of students with special educational needs

European Journal of Special Needs Education

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Meeting: Research Committee
08:15 - Master's proposal: E. van der Merwe; 09:15 - Master's propos...



Statistics Study Group
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BaSSREC (Ethics) Meeting
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