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Graduate attributes


'Learning is not a spectator sport'  — Chickering and Gamson, 1987

The USC Graduate Attributes are the qualities and skills that our university values and endeavours to support the development of our students. These qualities and skills have been specifically chosen to give our graduates the strategic edge in the workplace as well as enhancing their capacities to be leaders in the community leveraging their ethical and sustainability focussed understandings.

Graduate Attributes create the curriculum map that traces the transformation of students into highly desirable members of our regional and global communities.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are themes that the University community values, and therefore seeks to foster through all of its programs and the student’s broader experience at the University. The University provides opportunities for students to be:

  • creative and critical thinking, generating original ideas and concepts, and appreciating innovation and entrepreneurship
  • empowered, having both the capacity and confidence to pursue the attainment of full potential
  • engaged, contributing positively to diverse communities through service and leadership
  • ethical, acting with integrity in intellectual, professional and community pursuits
  • knowledgeable, building disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge through a scholarly approach incorporating global and regional perspectives
  • sustainability-focused, responding to ecological, social and economic imperatives

Generic skills

Generic skills are transferable skills that are valued by the University as being important outcomes of a University education. These skills are those identified as important by employers, government and the higher education sector.

Students will be supported to develop the following generic skills:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • problem solving
  • organisation
  • applying technologies
  • information literacy

Graduate Attributes and curriculum renewal

Graduate Attributes and curriculum renewal explores how can USC academics advance learning and teaching practice to become learner centred, engaging, explicit and active using Graduate Attributes as curriculum design and mapping tools.

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