UC Graduate Profile - Learning and Teaching - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

UC Graduate Profile

The University of Canterbury is committed to ensuring students graduate from UC not just with a world class qualification, but with a number of attributes that will put them ahead of the pack as they begin their careers, and further down the track.


UC is supporting our graduates with an uncompromising commitment to pushing the frontiers of learning and creating an academic environment where internationally-recognised teaching and research responds to a growing nation and a changing world. As a research-led institution, students at all levels of the University will continue to be taught or supervised by staff who are actively engaged in generating and disseminating new knowledge and who are internationally-recognised scholars in their chosen fields.

UC is determined that our students, through development of critical competence in their academic discipline, will graduate by 2018 with five key attributes:

  • Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree

This is the core business of any University. Graduates will know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand and its relevance to their area of study.

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.