Outcome Based Education




ABC LIVE – attributes of HKUST graduates

The desired attributes for our graduates may be summarized as ABC for academic and LIVE for personal development, as defined below:

Academic excellence

  • An in-depth grasp of at least one area of specialist or professional study, based on a forward-looking and inquiry-driven curriculum

Broad-based education

  • Intellectual breadth, flexibility, and curiosity, including an understanding of the role of rational, balanced inquiry and discussion, and a grasp of basic values across the core disciplines of science, social science, engineering and the humanities

Competencies and capacity building

  • High-end, 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, and the ability to develop clear, forward-looking goals, and self-direction and self-discipline

Ethical standards and compassion

  • Respect for others, high standards of integrity, compassion, and a readiness to contribute to the community