Graduate Attributes

The University of Adelaide is a research-intensive university that seeks to develop graduates of international distinction by providing high quality education.

The University defines the philosophy underpinning its teaching programs through the graduate attributes. These describe the qualities, knowledge and capabilities that students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing throughout their studies at the University. The graduate attributes are not a list of skills to be mastered; rather, they encapsulate for both students and the wider community the defining characteristics of a student's university degree program(s), and describe a set of characteristics that are designed to be transferable beyond the particular disciplinary context in which they have been developed.

While graduate attributes are fostered in the context of the curriculum, they are also developed within the total university experience as they encourage students to reflect on the broader purpose of their university education.

Graduate attributes*

* The University agreed to a number of revisions to its Graduate Attributes in August 2019. These are incorporated into the list below. It is anticipated that ongoing work to embed the revisions into courses and programs will be completed by the end of 2021. For students who commence their studies from 1 January 2022, the revised Graduate Attributes will be documented on a student’s official University record via the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) for relevant programs.