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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NWU and Go Purple Foundation empowers community to prevent child abuse

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Psytalk about the research of Dr Angelique van Rensburg

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Optentia welcomes two new extraordinary professors

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From job insecurity to job satisfaction – an NWU Optentia and NRF collaboration

On 1 December 2017 a workshop entitled “From Job Insecurity to Job Satisfaction, High Quality Education and Career Success” will be hosted at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark, an...Read article

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Upcoming events



Cross-cultural comparability of measures
08:30-11:30 - Presenter: Prof. Fons van de Vijver



African Open Science Platform Session
Register: http://www.sfsa.co.za/online-registration/



SLP in Research Design
Please contact Marinda Malan to book your place.