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 entity utilises the inputs from various disciplines, including Work, Educational, Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology, Risk Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. These multidisciplinary inputs are used to study the optimisation of potential through an approach of moving “from precarity to capability”.

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