Data from the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and an internal UTS Student Satisfaction Survey repeatedly demonstrate that key factors in students’ judgements about the quality of their course are its relevance to professional practice, how up-to-date its content is and how well it continuously links university theory with workplace practice. This study addresses such issues by developing a tracking project that, in collaboration with existing UTS industry partners, taps the experience of ‘successful’ recent graduates and their views on the above issues.

The results demonstrate that successful graduates are not just technically competent. What distinguishes them is their emotional intelligence (both personal and social), a sharp, focused, contingent intellect and the possession of a specific set of generic skills. The results have important implications for current curriculum design and assessment in universities and for recruitment criteria in the areas investigated.