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.

Watch the Optentia video

Recent news

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

Optentia to host Stats Camp South Africa

When it comes to research, the findings are only as strong as the analysis of the data. If a researcher is proficient in statistical analysis the research will benefit society, if not, it is an opportunity lost. This April the Nor...Read article

Driehoek tragedy – NWU expert emphasizes the need for professional trauma counselling

On Friday, 1 February 2019, the country was shocked by the news of a walkway collapse at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark. Learners were leaving the morning assembly to go to their respective class rooms when tragedy stru...Read article

Newsletter, December 2018

Upcoming events



Optentia Scientific Committee
11:30-12:30 - PhD proposal. V. Magezi (Optentia House: Skype meeting...



Optentia Scientific Committee
Panel 1 (Chair: Prof. J. Hoffman) - 08:15 - PhD proposal: T. Lobi; ...