A Postgraduate profile

A.1 Preamble

The University of Auckland has developed a collection of Graduate Profiles for students in postgraduate level programmes that expresses an aspiration for its graduates through a set of university-wide attributes and values which it considers to be attainable by graduates of a leading research university. They communicate to current and potential students and faculty, employers, the community, and other academic institutions the qualities that The University of Auckland seeks to impart to, or foster in, its graduates. The Graduate Profiles that have been developed are for: (i) Postgraduate Coursework Graduates; (ii) Postgraduate Research Graduates (masters level or equivalent); and (iii) Doctoral Graduates.

The University of Auckland is committed to provide an educational experience of the highest standards to its students. In addition, The University of Auckland recognises the needs of a diverse and multi-cultural student population, including its special responsibility under Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi.

The implementation of the Graduate Profiles rests with the faculties, departments, and other teaching and learning support divisions of the University, which may develop more specific profiles that are suitable for their subject fields and/or student population. As the student learning environment changes, the Graduate Profiles will be reviewed.

A.2 Description

The following six themes represent the capabilities that the Business School seeks to foster in all of its graduates. The development of these capabilities does not come all at once, but rather is expected to build from year to year. Each course is not expected to contribute to all capabilities, but each course will have its own goals and learning outcomes that relate to the overall development of this profile.

  1. Disciplinary knowledge and practice: Graduates will be able to apply highly specialised knowledge within the discipline to demonstrate an advanced awareness and understanding in a global context.

  2. Critical thinking: Graduates will be able to analyse and evaluate the relevant literature, and design and develop scholarly arguments that demonstrate advanced and diverse thinking.

  3. Solution seeking: Graduates will be able to creatively research and analyse complex issues, and develop innovative solutions.

  4. Communication and engagement: Graduates will be able to engage, communicate, and collaborate with diverse groups using multiple formats and effectively address a range of professional and academic audiences.

  5. Independence and integrity: Graduates will be able to demonstrate advanced independent thought, self- reflection, ethics, and integrity.

  6. Social and environmental responsibility: Graduates will consider, in relation to their discipline, the potential significance of the principles underpinning both the Treaty of Waitangi and sustainability.