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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Ambiguous Interventions: The Work of Music in Unequal Times

On 22 March 2017, Dr Carina Venter, a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford facilitated a workshop with the title “Ambiguous Interventions: The Work of Music in Unequal Times." She reflected on music as a med...Read article

Pioneer in Ageing in Africa Died

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Professor Nana Araba Apt on 9 March 2017 in Accra, Ghana. She was a pioneer scholar on ageing in Africa and a founding member of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) of which...Read article

NWU research looks at the experiences of unemployment


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NWU experts brings hope for the aged with we-Deliver project


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Newsletter, March 2017

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Visit to Optentia: Prof. F. Meinck
Please contact Prof. A. Fouche



Workshop: The Work of Music in Unequal Times
Time: 09:00-15:30; Presenter: Dr Carina Venter, Oxford University



HHREC: Ethics Training
13:30-16:30, Building 7 room G15