Do you agree or disagree that it is more important for universities to spend money on facilities such as libraries and laboratories than hiring famous teachers?
Nowadays, in order to enhance the popularity of the universities, universities would like choose to hire more professors Whether this measure is more effective compared with upgrading campus facilities has drawn a wide attention. As far as I am concerned, focusing more on university's facilities is more important, though hiring famous professors is necessary.
Admittedly, hiring famous professors may have certain benefits. Famous professors usually have more comprehensive and deeper understandings within professional areas, which provides students with introductory backgrounds and specific contents to figure out the theories in textbooks. However, if viewed from a different angle, it also means students have too much to digest. Students might be intimidated by too much reading materials or abysmal jargons and fell reluctant to study. In this case, cultivating students' interests by experiments and other facilities could better improve students' academic performance.
Initially, improvement in facilities can serve as a catalyst for increasing students' interests. That is to say, advanced facilities make rigid knowledge vivid for students to understand. For example, for engineering students, it is usually the case that the professor will bring students to the laboratory to demonstrate how the theories in books could be transformed into real circuit schematics. Likewise, professors in filming could use softwares, such as Final Cut, iMovies, or so, to direct students how to combine several static pictures into one moving video. Thanks to these teaching facilities, there is a higher chance that students could be impressed by the real demonstrations of experiments or softwares, luring them to act themselves. On the contrary, famous professors might be leading experts in academics, but that does not necessarily ensure that their opinions could be fully delivered to students, which plays little roles for students' s learning.
Additionally, improvement in facilities could enrich students' campus life. In other words, facilities like gymnasiums, libraries or even food courts could be a complement to academic life. By going to gymnasiums after classes, students are eligible to weightlifting, playing squash, climbing and even basketball, dragging them out of study loads. By going to libraries, students could not only find reference books for their class, but, more importantly, they could browse books outside their major according to individual's interests, such as Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes. By going to the food court during classes, students are offered by various gourmet food, especially, Spaghetti, Sushi and fried rice, providing students with a healthy and exciting lifestyle.
To sum up, due to the reasons I list above, I would regard that upgrading university facilities deserves more more focus than hiring famous professors.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students who keep their rooms neat and organized will be more likely to succeed than students who do not.
Some people claim that more benefit can be gained in their own country than foreign countries. I suppose that to some extent, this opinion has several considerable benefits, while it ignores certain compelling points, human knowledge advancing has more to do with their wide insight, and traveling to foreign countries can play a more pivotal role for people to learn more about life, which provides the necessary impetus for their seeking of personal fulfillment.
One point that can aptly illustrate this is that people traveling to other countries provide outlets for communications between them who differ in tradition, morality, and ideology. People in the world are more closely integrated into a whole society, they share their viewpoints, interests, experiences and so forth. In the past decade, we have seen rapid expansion of international communication and cooperation. It provides excellent basis for our approach towards a better society. Interaction and telecommunications are no longer a luxury or an option, unless one wishes to be left out or left alone. It is primarily through this kind of contact that human knowledge advances, whether at the personal, community or global level.
Consider another example, like people in China, what they should know is not only the great historical scenes like the Great Wall, the summer palace, the Ti’an men square, but also hold a better understanding of the civilization of other famous countries. For example, the ancient Greek, which is famous at the democratic society, high achievements of science and flourishing culture. The period is so far from us now that we can hardly know what happened at that great old country. The most efficient way attributed to better understanding it is to visit their relics and long-lasting buildings. It gives us the opportunity to appreciate where we came from and what we ought to do now. Respecting these profound and beautiful buildings can provide positive feedback and constructive protest for us, if taken to heart, can result in better work in our life.
To conclude, I agree that people should travel to foreign countries to learn more about history and widen their sight.