Generic Skills & UTM Graduate Attributes


In line with UTM’s vision and mission statements, the University is committed to graduating competent, creative and versatile professionals who are guided by high moral and ethical values in the service of God and mankind. This will require graduates with sound disciplinary and professional knowledge, high self esteem and effective skills in communication, team working, problem solving and lifelong learning.

The University has therefore identified a range of attributes and generic skills which will enable our graduates to function effectively in a wide range of social and professional contexts. The development of these attributes will be embedded within the contexts of the students’ discipline or professional field.

What a generic skills ?

How are generic skills developed in UTM?

How can you contribute to the development of your generic skills?

The growing emphasis on the need for generic skills among graduates is partly a result of feedback from employers in industry. Among the skills highly valued by employers are:


Communication Skills


Thinking Skills




Leadership and Teamworking Skills




Global Citizen


Enterprising Skills

Rapid changes since the early 1980s, especially in technology, manufacturing and marketing, ICT and worker mobility have resulted in an increasingly competitive borderless world. Industry however, does not have the luxury of time to train or retrain graduates. What is needed now is a dynamic and versatile pool of human resources from universities capable of fitting in quickly to meet the challenges and demands of the workplace. Graduates must be knowledgeable and technically competent with the right attitude, traits and skills. Thus, they need value-added generic skills that go beyond disciplinary knowledge. Specifically, generic skills are needed for the following reasons :

The need to remain competitive

The need to acquire new knowledge in a knowledge-based world


The need to socialize and interact in an interdependent world

The demands of the workplace


Graduate Attributes
                    OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES 2020