AUT’s Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack shares his vision for the future, and why ‘soft skills’ or ‘C-Skills’ - communication, creativity, curiosity, collaboration, cooperation and caring within a sense of community - are critical to meet a rapidly changing professional work-force.
These researchers, thought-starters, collaborators, problem solvers, and investigators chose AUT. Hear in their own words why they did.
Hear our staff speak about their experiences working at AUT
AUT has over 30,000 adventurous, energised, innovative educators, researchers and students that have been drawn to our university to test boundaries, challenge established theories, break new ground and discover what is possible.Our students, staff and alumni are game changers whose thinking is not contained within traditional university silos.
As a young university we have the agility to explore alternative ways of making sense of the world, and help people and business benefit from that knowledge. We adapt our programmes and teaching to make sure we’re delivering the right skills, theory and practical experience for our students.
And that’s why AUT is built for a changing world. Change is what defines us and drives us. The fact we’ve embraced change means everything we do is informed by it – from what we teach, to how we teach it to what sort of research collaborations we seek.
We aren’t constrained by decades of tradition and a narrow view of what education is or what a job might be – we consider ourselves more a lens to the future than a mirror to the past. At the same time we have the expertise, the grunt, the respect, the resources, and an ever-growing number of alumni who are now helping shape our world. We’re New Zealand’s fastest growing university, in New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing city.
Technical expertise alone is no longer enough. To succeed requires a different set of skills – the ability to adapt, be resilient, have conviction, and think and act in a more entrepreneurial way. We call these the ‘C skills’ – critical thinking, creativity, courage, curiosity and an ability to collaborate.
As a result AUT is attracting a growing cast of change-makers. Our students and staff are always testing the boundaries of new technologies and looking for better ways to do things – from innovation in product developments and revolutionary fibres to bioengineering research that could change how we treat cancer.
Employers get this. When asked what they’re looking for in graduates their answer can often be summed up as simply ‘happy & smart people’. That’s why our graduates are now making waves in some of the most influential tech and creative companies in New Zealand and around the world.
AUT is a great place to take the next step in your career - come and join us. – less