Amendment to section 4 of Act of 1980.
3.—Section 4 of the Act of 1980 is hereby amended by—
(a) the substitution of the following paragraph for paragraph (a) of subsection (1):
“(a) the pursuit of learning and the advancement of knowledge through teaching, research and collaboration with educational, business, professional, trade union, cultural and other bodies and, without prejudice to the generality of the aforesaid, the University shall have the following functions–
(i) to provide courses of study or instruction in such fields as the Governing Body may deem appropriate,
(ii) to confer, grant or give degrees, diplomas, certificates or other educational awards, on the recommendation of the Academic Council, to or on persons who satisfy the Academic Council that they have attended or otherwise pursued or followed appropriate courses of study, instruction or research provided by the University, or by such other colleges or institutions as the Governing Body may approve, and have attained an appropriate standard in examinations or other tests of knowledge or ability or have performed other exercises in a manner regarded by the Academic Council as satisfactory,
(iii) to confer honorary degrees on persons in such manner and subject to such conditions as the Governing Body, after consultation with the Academic Council, may deem appropriate, and
(iv) to enter into arrangements with other relevant institutions inside and outside the State for the purposes of offering joint courses and of conducting research and development work and to enter into arrangements, including participation in limited liability companies, for the purpose of exploiting the results of research and development work undertaken by the University either separately or jointly.”,
(b) the substitution for paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of the following paragraph:
“(a) The Minister may on the recommendation of the Governing Body after consultation with an tÚdarás by order assign to the Institute such additional functions as the Minister thinks fit.”.