Global connectedness for graduate success

Global connectedness for graduate success

Unitec students have a unique opportunity to explore and practice global connectedness in their programmes of study. Global connectedness encourages students to think and consider issues from international perspectives, to apply international standards and practices within a discipline profession or vocation, make connections across geographical boundaries and causes graduates to consider their place in the world.

The aim of this post is to provide resources, and support to programme development teams to consider global connectedness in their own context.  A successful output will be the development of a global connectedness outcome for the programme graduate profile, and integration into course learning outcomes, and assessment activities. 

By the end of this session you will be able to:

Knowledge: To understand the concepts and principles of global connectedness.

Skills: Develop a graduate outcome to support student engagement with global connectedness in your programme.

Values: Commit to providing students to with the knowledge, skills and attributes to ensure success in their first five years of work.

People: Collaborate effectively with students, stakeholders and the programme development team members.

Learn: Access, evaluate and share resources which develop global connectedness understanding in your programme of study.

Integrate: Embed global connectedness graduate outcomes in course learning outcomes and assessments.  







The term "global perspective" may have a range of possible meanings.  The starting position for discussion is  that students should have not only a deep understanding of the wider significance of what they are studying, but also  be able to participate effectively in an international environment .

Given the greater interconnectivity and synergy possible today, the challenge for  leaders is to reconfigure their day-to-day operations in light of changing global trends and patterns. This is true for a range of professions and vocations.

New opportunities will arise for those who seek global connectedness, while those  who fail to interpret the signs and adapt will fail. 



To fully integrate global connectedness into your programme of study, you will need to craft a graduate profile statement. To help you do this we have provided some sample statements from other institutions. You will find the resources here.....

We have developed these questions to prompt your thinking about global connectedness in your profession or vocation. 



  1. What are the current practices in global connectedness in the workplace of your graduates?
  2. How does your vocation or professional body view global connectedness?
  3. What practices are emerging in your vocation or profession? 
  4. What international standards are in place to support global connectedness in your vocation or profession?
  5. How does an expert in your profession or vocation demonstrate global connectedness?
  6. What technologies does your profession or vocation use to connect globally?


Once you have developed a graduate profile statement you will need to embed it into your course learning outcomes and assessments. We have resources and training which will support your staff.  See our resource on Designing courses for significant learning.


You may like to take time to consider ideas of global connectedness and how it will help your students succeed in the first five years of work. To do this you will need to consult with graduates and employers. You current students will benefit from a clear explanation of the need for global connectedness in their career and you may like to include this in your student handbook and make it available on your programme site.



To ensure you have the information you need to make good decisions about global connectedness, you will need to work closely with students, graduates, employers, and professional bodies. We advise you to set up a consultation project, and survey your stakeholders to gather key information and ideas about global connectedness and internationalisation.


You will find a centralised and accessible knowledge base which support global connectedness valuable to both staff and students. You could do this through a Moodle site, or any other social network. The key is to have a knowledge based that is accessible and to which staff and students can contribute resources.


Once you have created your global connectedness graduate outcome, it should be embedded into course learning outcomes and assessments. We suggest you map your Global Perspective outcome across your programme of study. For more on Curriculum Mapping....


We also suggest you periodically review the effectiveness of your graduate profile. To do this we have created a short introduction to our student, staff and stakeholder survey.  Find out more here....



If you would like more information or assistance, please contact your Te Puna Ako academic advisors.

Last updated by Diana Ayling Jul 31, 2012.

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