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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All research is a matter of social justice

Prof. Todd Little, extraordinary professor in Optentia, presented his prestige lecture on 15 October 2019. According to Prof. Little, all research is a matter of social justice. Research findings are the building blocks of po...Read article

Seven M. Com Applied Risk Management Graduated!

Seven the Centre for Applied Risk Management (UARM) students graduated from the MCom Applied Risk Management (MARM) programme on 15 April 2019. These students succeeded in the six modules that make up the first year of the pr...Read article

Do unemployed people benefit from a vocational intervention?

This is one of the questions that Rachele Paver, the third joint PhD candidate between the NWU - Optentia and KU Leuven in Belgium answered in her thesis submitted for examination on 18 March 2019. The title of...Read article

Prof Little is new heavyweight in Optentia’s corner

The Optentia research focus area on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark is adding yet another research heavyweight to their already impressive extraordinary professoriate. Prof Todd Little will...Read article

Newsletter, April 2019

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Lecture: Prof. Todd Little
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Visit to Optentia: Prof. Todd Little
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