A definition by act of parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand
Education Amendment Act 1990
Provisions Relating to Tertiary Education and Training
36: Establishment and disestablishment of tertiary institutions
"That universities have all the following characteristics and
(i) They are primarily concerned with more advanced
other tertiary institutions have one or more of those
learning, the principal aim being to develop intellectual
(ii) Their research and teaching are closely interdependent
and most of their teaching is done by people who are active in
(iii) They meet international standards of research and
(iv) They are a repository of knowledge and expertise:
(v) They accept a role as critic and conscience of society;"
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