Graduate attributes for the four-year degree – ABC LIVE

HKUST has adopted the following statements of graduate attributes for undergraduate programs, summarized as ABC – LIVE.

Academic excellence
An in-depth grasp of at least one area of specialist or professional study, based on a forward-looking curriculum and an inquiry-driven approach to learning.
Broad-based education
Intellectual breadth, flexibility, and curiosity, including an understanding of the role of rational, balanced inquiry and discussion, and a grasp of the basic approach and values of the core disciplines of science, social science, engineering and the humanities.
Competencies and capacity building
High-level, transferable competencies, including analytical, critical, quantitative and communications skills.
Leadership and teamwork
A capacity for leadership and teamwork, including the ability to motivate others, to be responsible and reliable, and to give and take direction and constructive criticism.
International outlook
An international outlook, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
Vision and an orientation to the future
Adaptability and flexibility, a passion for learning, the ability to develop clear, forward-looking goals, and the self-direction and discipline to achieve these goals.
Ethical standards and compassion
Respect for others and high standards of personal integrity. Compassion and a readiness to contribute to the community.