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 entity utilises the inputs from various disciplines, including Work, Educational, Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology, Risk Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. These multidisciplinary inputs are used to study the optimisation of potential through an approach of moving “from precarity to capability”.

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COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

For official information regarding COVID-19 and the Corona Virus please visit the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal. Visit Now.

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NWU’s Optentia boasts new PhD in Relational Dynamics and Development

In another first for the North-West University (NWU), the Optentia research focus area recently announced the addition of an innovative new doctoral degree in Relational Dynamics and Development to its already impressive postgradu...Read article

Coronavirus: Pathogen vs person

Elderly people are disproportionately affected by complications from Covid-19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that older people are particularly at risk of developing fatal complications from the virus. Howev...Read article

Igniting a Growth Revolution in Africa

According to Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the founder and current chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ISS and head of African Futures and Innovation at the Pretoria office of the Institute for Security Studies, Africa is a continent w...Read article

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HDCA 2020 Conference
Conference Call for Papers: 12/1/2020; web: https://hd-ca.org/confer...



Higher Degrees Meeting: FEMS
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Optentia Scientific Committee
PhD proposal - A. Murangi; PhD proposal - M. Ramothamo; MCom proposa...



RIC Meeting: Humanities
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