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USP Graduate Attributes and Outcomes

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes

The University of the South Pacific's academic programmes will foster the following attributes in all graduates:

Academic Excellence

  • Extensive knowledge of and relevant skills in a particular discipline or professional area;
  • Capacity for independent critical thinking and self-directed, life-long learning;
  • Advanced information and communication technology knowledge and skills;
  • Research skills.

Intellectual curiosity and integrity

  • Deep respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity,openness to new ideas;
  • Commitment to inter-disciplinary understanding and skills;
  • Respect for the principles, values and ethics of a chosen profession.

Capacity for leadership and working with others

  • Effective interpersonal communications skills;
  • Leadership, organisational, teamwork and time management abilities;
  • Personal maturity and self-confidence.

Appreciation of the cultures of the Pacific Islands

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the unity and diversity of Pacific island cultures;
  • Understanding of the diverse economies and environments of the Pacific Islands;
  • Commitment to the maintenance and strengthening of the societies of the Pacific.

Cross-cultural competencies

  • Understanding and appreciation of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity;
  • Respect for human rights and dignity in a global context;
  • Commitment to accountability, ethical practice and social responsibility;
  • Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in the English language.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

The University of the South Pacific's Graduate Outcomes are as follows:

1. Communication

  • Graduates will be able to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in structured formats using language and other modes of communication that are appropriate for context, audience and specific disciplinary conventions.

2. Creativity

  • Graduates will extend boundaries of current knowledge in a particular discipline or profession.

3. Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Graduates will be able to evaluate multiple perspectives and arrive at a reasonable independent judgement based on evidence.

4. Ethics

  • Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to high ethical standards in scholarly, professional and socio-cultural practices.

5. Pacific Consciousness

  • Graduates will recognize the cultural heritage and diversity of Pacific societies for sustainable development in a contemporary environment.

6. Professionalism

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to carry out tasks to acceptable standards within their profession and occupations.

7. Teamwork

  • Graduates will work together in a respectful and collaborative manner to complete tasks within teams to achieve an outcome.

Graduate Outcomes Rubrics

The following are the USP Graduate Outcome Rubrics:

  1. Communication Rubric
  2. Creativity Rubric
  3. Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning Rubric
  4. Ethics Rubric
  5. Pacific Consciousness Rubric
  6. Professionalism Rubric
  7. Teamwork Rubric


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