Characteristics of universities
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
other tertiary institutions have one or more of those

(i) They are primarily concerned with more advanced
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
advancing knowledge:

(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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