Through benefitting from a life-changing educational experience, NMMU graduates and diplomates will be known for demonstrating:

In-depth disciplinary/interdisciplinary knowledge

  • The ability to engage in the expanding knowledge base of their disciplines/ professions.
  • Excellence in both the art and science of their disciplines/professions.
  • Awareness of the latest advances in and technical competencies required by their disciplines/professions.
  • Leadership in the production of new knowledge and understanding through inquiry, critique and synthesis.
  • An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge that combines breadth and depth of understanding.
  • An awareness of the global context of their disciplines/professions.

Social awareness and responsible citizenship

  • Commitment to ethical conduct, social awareness and responsible citizenship.
  • An acknowledgment of and respect for constitutional principles and values such as equality, equity, quality, humanity, diversity and social justice.
  • Respect for and awareness of the environment in all its manifestations.
  • A commitment to improving local, national and global environmental sustainability.

Adaptive expertise

  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in a range of contextual and conceptual frameworks.
  • Ability to anticipate and accommodate change, ambiguity and differing views.
  • Self-management including the ability to work autonomously, exercise initiative, and apply time management and organisational skills.
  • The capacity to sustain intellectual curiosity and a willingness to improve personal performance through self-reflection, the pursuit of lifelong learning, and building networks.

Creativity and innovation

  • Ability to think creatively and to generate a range of innovative ideas that are appropriate to the particular context.
  • Innovation in their approach to and solution of complex problems.
  • Commitment to innovative thinking to advance scholarly excellence.

Critical thinking

  • Openness to new ideas.
  • The ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical and philosophical positions and objectively assess the merits of competing and alternative perspectives.
  • The capacity for critical reflection.

Intra- and interpersonal skills

  • Self-awareness.
  • The ability to relate to and collaborate with others, individually or in teams, to exchange views and ideas and to achieve desired outcomes.
  • The ability to function in a multicultural and multilingual context.

Communication skills

  • The ability to articulate ideas and information confidently and coherently in visual, verbal, written and electronic forms to audiences of different sizes in a range of situations.
  • Respect for the multitude of voices, stories, perspectives and knowledge systems.