Annual Assessment of Graduate Attributes
(AAGA)
Target population All undergraduate (UG) students in their final year
Response mode Voluntary with incentives to encourage students' participation
Participating rate About 25%
Period of data collection Annually in Spring term
Survey results Results of Stakeholder Surveys
Enquiry aga@ust.hk
Description The AAGA was launched in 2013 to chart the achievement of HKUST final year UG students in seven graduate attributes developed from the statements "ABC LIVE" set out for the four-year degree programs, namely:
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Social leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Intercultural competence
  • Life-long learning
  • Information literacy (accessed via the Library)
In development, consultation was made with relevant stakeholders which included representatives of Schools/IPO and support units. Efforts were also made to review relevant research literature, in particular to identify suitable instruments for measuring student achievement in the attributes. Please click here for more details about the instruments adopted so far.

In 2016, with the first batch of 4Y graduating students, evidence was drawn from AAGA 2013 to 2016 (in which two to three of the seven attributes were assessed each year) to compare the achievement of 4Y students with that of 3Y and the global norm, if available, and to pinpoint areas for further advancement.