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Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the qualities, skills and understandings a university community agrees its students should develop during their time with the institution (Bowden, 2000). These generic graduate attributes outline the overarching capabilities that will be developed by students. This goes across all disciplines/areas of study. These qualities are intended to equip graduates to be global citizens, and effective members of society who can be agents of 'social good" (Barrie, 2004). View Graduate Attributes Policy.

The SCU Graduate Attributes are listed below.

Intellectual rigour: a commitment to excellence in all scholarly and intellectual activities, including critical judgement.

Creativity: an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges.

Ethical practice: a commitment to sustainability and high ethical standards in social and professional practices.

Knowledge of a discipline: command of a discipline to enable a smooth transition and contribution to professional and community settings.

Lifelong learning: the ability to be responsive to change, to be inquiring and reflective in practice, through information literacy and autonomous, self-managed learning.

Communication and social skills: the ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals, and within teams, in professional and community settings.

Cultural competence: an ability to engage with diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in both global and local settings.


Barrie, S.C. (2004). A research-based approach to generic graduate attributes policy. Higher Education Research and Development, vol,23, no.23, pp. 261-75.

Bowden, J., Hart, G., King, B., Trigwell, K. & Watts, O. (2000). Generic Capabilities of ATN University Graduates. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs.