The mission of the Optentia Research Unit is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with a specific interest in the African context. The research unit utilises the inputs from multiple disciplines: Economics, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Philosophy, Psychology (Work and Organisational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counselling Psychology, and Clinical Psychology), Risk Management, Social Anthropology, Social Work, and Sociology. We study the optimisation of the potential of people and institutions by focusing on pathways from precarity to capability and optimal functioning. Optentia's research is organised into six programmes

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Symposium on Unemployment and Education

On 20 February 2024, five Optentia members, namely Prof. Ian Rothmann, Prof. Jaco Hoffman, Prof. Vera Roos, Prof. Japie Greeff and Prof Roland Blonk attended a symposium on unemployment and education in Hermanus (Western Cape). Th...Read article

Healthy ageing is important for a better Africa

While Africa is a continent with a rapidly growing population of young people, it is crucial for the region to pay attention to the global agenda on ageing. The United Nations declared the years 2021 to 2030 as the "Decade of...Read article

Why It Can Be Harder for Some Depressed People to Get Better

Depression affects more than 280 million people. While there are many effective treatments, for some it has become a chronic, debilitating illness with recovery far out of reach. This severe, persistent type of depression is what ...Read article

How will AI revolutinize talent assessments in 2024?

Artificial intelligence is posied to disrupt talent assessment in institutions. Click here to read m...Read article

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