Graduate Attributes

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At its meeting on 24 June 2013, Academic Board approved the following Graduate Attributes Statement and Guidance Points for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees at James Cook University. A transition plan for implementation of the Statement (to have effect from semester 1, 2014) and disestablishment of existing policy on Graduate Attributes has also been approved.

JCU Graduate Attributes Statement

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Guidance points for interpreting the JCU Graduate Attributes Statement

These guidance points link to toolkits of resources and exemplars:

  • Embrace diversity and be responsive to genuine and sustainable reconciliation in the communities of the tropics to which JCU belongs
  • Develop the personal and professional capabilities to manage career and work life effectively
  • Actively contribute to the communities of the tropics