Massey University graduate profile , Pūkete Raukura

Our graduate profile describes the qualities our students should have when they graduate.

Massey University graduates are well-prepared for the future as citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, and as global citizens. They possess critical discipline knowledge, interpersonal and social skills, an enterprise mindset, and a strong desire for lifelong learning. These graduates are adept at operating in culturally and ethically respectful and sustainable ways. They have a deep understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its relevance in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand, and they are skilled at integrating this knowledge into their professional practice.

Massey University seeks to develop the following attributes in our graduates, corresponding to their level of study.


Theme Attribute
Disciplinary knowledge and skills A comprehensive understanding of the graduate's field of study, including the research and critical information literacy skills necessary to find, interpret, critically evaluate and apply information and generate new knowledge in inter-disciplinary, bi-cultural, and global contexts.
Creativity and innovation The application of practical, applied, creative and critical thinking and decision-making skills to achieve shared goals, alongside the leadership and teamwork skills necessary for effective collaboration and innovation.
Resilience and
Resilience, flexibility and adaptability to recognise that learning is a process, and that growth comes from preparation, hard work and overcoming setbacks.


Theme Attribute
Cultural awareness Acknowledgement of diverse forms and traditions of knowledge with an understanding of the associated responsibilities in their respective disciplines in order to engage with diverse communities safely and with integrity.
Māori knowledge and understanding Respect the place of Mātauranga Māori, Kaupapa and Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori.


Theme Attribute
Social responsibility Proactive engagement with local communities, iwi and hapū to contribute to the development of solutions to local and national challenges using evidence-based, approaches and constructive action for the common good.
Communication and collaboration Verbal, written, digital and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with in diverse situations and in both bi-cultural and globalised contexts.
Global engagement Application of entrepreneurial thinking, discipline knowledge and practical skills to the development of solutions for global challenges to social, cultural, indigenous, economic and environmental sustainability.