Mission, Vision, Values & Graduate Attributes

Vision

To be a quality Australian Christian University.

Mission

Fostering a Christian higher education learning community that is dedicated to serving world needs.

Values

Excellence

Avondale accepts the challenge of learning and discovery, of striving for excellence, and of fostering a creativity that blends individuality, wisdom and healthy self-evaluation. It promotes excellence in the higher education it offers, in the quality of the infrastructure it develops, and in the spiritual and academic support services it provides.

Spirituality

Avondale values spirituality and believes that nothing is of greater significance than each person’s relationship to God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Avondale invites all its staff and students to respond positively to God’s invitation to commune with Him in prayer, worship, meditation, fellowship, study of the Bible, and Sabbath rest.

Nurture

Avondale seeks to encourage members of its learning community to realise their full potential, and to live full and joyful lives. In achieving this goal Avondale enhances social skills, values friendships and supports family relationships. It seeks to provide the guidance and nurture that will enable its students to respond intelligently to their own needs and to the needs of others.

Service

Avondale’s motto, “For a Greater Vision of World Needs,” challenges its learning community to a more informed understanding of humanitarian needs and responses, and to a greater commitment to fulfilling the needs of those less fortunate and in want of human care and support both in Australia and overseas.

Balance

Avondale values the sustainability of the earth and its peoples and believes that this can be achieved through balance. Learning to live a balanced life is based on living temperately and Avondale encourages this by providing a balanced program of spiritual growth, intellectual development, cultural enrichment, physical activity, relaxation and recreation. This program sustains Avondale’s human resources. A balanced approach to budgeting and infrastructure management sustains Avondale’s physical resources and the environment.

Graduate Attributes

Avondale’s graduates have demonstrated:

Graduate Attributes Avondale Values
1. The ability to reflect constructively on Christian values; Spirituality
Nurture
Balance
2. An orientation to service; Service
Nurture
Spirituality
3. The capacity to respond ethically and legally in various situations and contexts; Spirituality
Nurture
Balance
Service
4. An informed respect for individual worth, cultural and social diversity, and environmental sustainability; Spirituality
Nurture
Service
Balance
5. The facility to lead and to work collaboratively in professional and community contexts; Excellence
Service
Spirituality
6. Relevant professional employability skills and literacies; Excellence
Balance
Service
7. The aptitude for critically-informed professional practice; Excellence
Balance

8. A capacity for reflective and research-informed life-long learning. Excellence
Balance


Avondale Research Higher Degree graduates have demonstrated the command of a subject of specialised knowledge with high levels of autonomy and research sophistication.

Graduate Attributes approved by Academic Board 30 July 2014