(a) Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special purpose institution of higher education
for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science,
engineering, and business and for research and public service related to the general
field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the board of regents of The
Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of
Texas A&M University at College Station. The board of regents of The Texas A&M University System shall have the authority
to designate Texas A&M University at Galveston as a branch of Texas A&M University;
however, such designation, if made, shall not change the role and mission of Texas
A&M University at Galveston as specified in this section.
(b) Texas A&M University at Galveston shall be a research institute supporting the
marine sciences and oceanography programs at Texas A&M University and The University
of Texas at Austin. Research endeavors benefitting the academic strength of Texas A&M University and
The University of Texas at Austin or the economic strength of the State of Texas shall
be conducted, with emphasis on establishing and maintaining an internationally recognized
research institute to be named the Texas Institute of Oceanography. The Texas Institute of Oceanography may also contract with other institutions of
higher education to provide research and other related services. Texas A&M University at College Station and The University of Texas at Austin are
authorized to offer upper-level and graduate courses in marine sciences and oceanography
at the Texas Institute of Oceanography that are supportive to their marine sciences
and oceanography academic programs. Funding for research should be from private sources, competitively acquired sources,
and appropriated public funding.
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