2014年4月12日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree: the universities should spend more money improving facilities (libraries, computer labs) than hiring famous teachers.
In the age of rapid development, people today place much more emphasis on education. Universities, in order to be more attractive, have also invested a great deal of money and effort in upgrading facilities. Some have even built new libraries and computer labs to meet students’ demands. This phenomenon triggers a heated discussion about which one universities should spend more money on: improving facilities or hiring famous teachers. From my point of view, professors should be the first priority.
Firstly, students receive education from teachers rather than hardware facilities. Famous professors who are expert in certain fields can provide proper guidance for students. What truly draws to high-quality students is someone who can show them the right way to explore the unknown world. A good case in point is that during World War 2, in order to escape from the Japanese invasion, several top universities in China combined together and relocated to the southwest China. At that time, without advanced facilities, the new university still worked well in fostering plenty of great talents thanks to the efforts of famous professors, which created a miracle in the history of Chinese education.
Secondly, famous professors can add much value to the university with their remarkable contributions. Apart from fostering talents, universities also give impetus to the progress of human beings. It is those scientific and social breakthroughs made by famous professors in a university that dramatically extend people's lives, increase productivity, and improve people's living standards, which at the same time, demonstrates the excellence of the university. To some extent the ranking of a university is measured by the number of published papers by professors in a journal like Nature or Science, as well as how many important awards that professors won for the school such as Nobel Price.
Admittedly, the facilities are also of great importance to a university. It is hard to imagine what a university will be like without those facilities, as they play a basic role in ensuring the function of a university. However, compared with famous professors, facilities are just supporting resources that partly assist professors in carrying out all kinds of works including teaching and researching.
To conclude, we should give more consideration to famous professors than hardware facilities when comes to the issue of allocating the school's budget plan. After all, famous professors are the core of a university.
Cradles of cultivating talents, universities are supposed to provide most high-caliber education. Responding to the expectation, universities have to think the issue over. Compared with hiring more teachers, from my own perspective, keeping facilities and resources in the universities most advanced and updated is more essential not only for students but also for renowned professors.
First of all, students are able to enjoy a better study environment if their schools utilize advanced equipment. With the assistance of exquisite inventions such as electronic screen and projectors, as well as laboratory equipment, like microscopes and chemical reactors, studying would no longer be a tedious and repetitious information engrafting process, but a way everyone would like to get involved in. Similarly, definitions and formulas of physics and chemistry will graven in students’ minds deeply if they are aided by the equipment when experimenting. However, hardly can professors crystalize abstract concepts into definite ideas without advanced teaching devices.
What is more, as for famous teachers themselves, a university that does not invest in its facilities would be appealing. To be constantly enthusiastic on researching their respective academic fields, teachers have a great demand for exquisite facilities to maintain progressing on their own fields. The most sophisticated technological devices offered in universities enable these teachers to conduct successful researches and remain at the top, which is really attractive to those renowned professors. By contrast, old and obsolete teaching and studying facilities will certainly not inspire teachers to keep further academic researching. Also, practically impossible will teachers have interest in making progress.
Granted, it is conceded that hiring more teachers in universities means guaranteeing education quality in some sense because every student will be concerned and cared about. Even slightest and most subtle academic performance changes of students will be noticed; therefore, teachers can encourage and guide frustrated and upsetting students in time. However, while weighing the benefits brought by investing in facilities and hiring more teachers, we can conclude that facilities are more worthwhile.
In conclusion, I should reiterate that universities should update their facilities, making a top priority. Without advanced facilities, a university will not be helped further improved.
In this age of rapid technological development, inorder to be the most advanced and successful, universities must keep their facilities and resourcesto date. This not only attracts more students, but also attracts renowned professors to theuniversity.
Students now more than ever are demanding that universities provide the very latest inacademics. To receive the most advanced education, advanced facilities are required. Astudent majoring in science cannot obtain an accredited level of experience if his universitydoes not have the proper laboratory facilities. Likewise, a liberal arts student is equally asdependent on a current library. Progress is the main purpose of institutions of highereducation. A university that does not seek to improve its facilities will fail in improving itsstudents.
A university that does not invest in its facilities will not only fail to produce good students, butwill also fail to attract famous professors. Universities are able to attract professors becausethey can offer them good facilities with state-of-the-art technology so that these professors canconduct successful research and remain at the top of their respective fields. For example, afamous biology professor would think it a waste of time to teach at a university that does not atleast have an electron microscope. With the proper facilities, universities can easily attract thebest teachers in the world.
There may be some university facilities, like gymnasiums, that on the outside do not have anydirect connection to the success of the university’s academics. However athletics is great wayto draw attention to a university. When universities get attention, they also get funding. Privatedonors are the main way that universities can afford to upgrade their facilities. Therefore, themore attention a university gives to its facilities, the more potential donors it will attract. Thisis why so many universities in American lay such great importance on their sports teams andtheir sports facilities.
Universities should make updating their facilities a top priority. Having world-renownprofessors is important for the success and prestige of a university; however withoutadvanced facilities, a university will not be able to attract these professors. Without advancedfacilities a university will also not be able to attract many good students or even donors to helpfurther improve the university.
Advanced facilities, like libraries, research center, university hospital are indispensible parts of a good university while famous teachers are also a big component of a prestigious higher institution. Personally, I think it is better for universities to spend more money in hiring famous professors.
Admittedly, research centers can be a place where advanced technology is incubated, a library that incorporates state-of-the-art technology can also be conducive to students' study, however, I still believe that famous professors play a more significant role in assessing the reputation of a university.
First off, well-respected professors in a specific field can bring lots of benefits not only to the whole community but also to the university. To more specific, prestigious professors can come up with theories and solutions to the most intriguing problems faced by human beings, like treatment of cancers, diabetes and even heart attack. Economists can use data and economic models in their empirical study to predict the economy, and it can provide lots of information for the authority to make timely adjustment to their policies. Electronic engineers can design some micro-chips that can sustain large-scale computation. The benefits that professors bring to the school can be also enormous. For instance, a Novel Prize laureate can attract countless research foundations and donations from both the private and public sectors, with this large sum of money, the university can in turn renovate labs, research centers and even libraries.
Additionally, well-established professors and researchers can educate and enlighten brilliant young students and cultivate future scientists. Famous professors are usually expert in education, they might have been teaching and researching in their field for more than a few decades, thus have accumulated lots of rich teaching experience and developed the most effective teaching approach. Together with their superb charisma, lots of bright young adults will be motivated and inspired and therefore embark on the road of scientific endeavor and exploration. Such inspirations and motivations cannot be brought by improved facilities. Indeed, it is the expertise and charisma of these famous professors that attract thousands of brilliant young students to enroll in a college.
To conclude, hiring more famous professors are more advisable than renovating facilities since the scientific discoveries brought by professors can bring colossal benefits to both the community and the university, and also the expertise and charisma of well-established professors can attract, enlighten and cultivate future scientists.