The Global Professional Skills (GPS) program launched in the spring of 2017 as a signature program for AUP. It provides you with the opportunity to sharpen critically important skills and develop your own personal narrative throughout college that will benefit your life post-AUP.

If you are an undergraduate, degree-seeking student, you will be encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities during your time at AUP — whether it's volunteering with an international NGO, interning with your dream fashion designer, or participating in one of AUP's many clubs. You will be able to generate a co-curricular record (CCR) that registers all of your activities from semester to semester and connects them with your transcripts to boost your career prospects after graduation.

To successfully earn a GPS certificate, you will be asked to explore global skills that are grouped within four categories and align with our university Core Capabilities. Each is designed, in the words of AUP’s mission, "to challenge you to master and to make, to reflect and to apply and to analyze and to act in hands-on, real-world settings." Through additional workshops, training sessions and a final project you will be able to complete the program and earn the GPS certificate.

 

Why participate in the program?

In addition to providing a structure for you to record and reflect on your co-curricular and extracurricular activities – thus learning about yourself and the world and preparing yourself for life after graduation – the program also offers the following takeaways:

  • Customize your own co-curricular record to highlight activities to share with graduate schools and employers;
  • Participate in a Designing Your Narrative Workshop: develop a compelling and coherent narrative about yourself, your interests, and your achievements;
  • Have the chance to present your narrative (numerous options to do so, to a panel of employers and AUP alumni);
  • Receive a GPS certificate;
  • Top student presenters will be invited to meet the AUP Board of Trustees;
  • One winning submission will receive the President's Award at graduation.