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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Understanding and dealing with unemployment: Filling in the picture

On 25 July 2017, Prof. Ian Rothmann and three PhD candidates, Melinda du Toit, Leoni van der Vaart, and Rachele Paver presented a symposium on understanding and dealing with unemployment at the Annual Conference of the Society for...Read article

Khulu Radebe: Taking small steps to beat unemployment

Khulu Radebe, a temporary support staff member of Optentia over the past three years has resigned with effect from 21 July 2017. Khulu initially became involved in the “Experiences of Unemployment” joint research proje...Read article

Advanced Mplus training for Optentia participants at Utrecht University

Three Optentia participants, Prof. Ian Rothmann, Dr Angelique van Rensburg, and Leoni van der Vaart attended advanced Mplus training at Utrecht University in the Netherlands from 10-14 July 2017. The workshop focused on topics suc...Read article

Optentia News is Available

The July edition of Optentia News is available! Click here to answer your questions about activities and achievements of Optentia. You will ...Read article

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