#托福作文咩第 12 期 Day 9#
Nowdays, universities in my coutry seem to enter an "arms race". For instance, a university even sold its old and small campus in the downtown and built a larger and more beatiful one in the suburbs. This phenomenon triggers a heated debate on which one should be given top priority when it comes to investment: facilities or famous professors. From my perspective, famous professor should be the No.1 concern for school authorities. My viewpoint is based on the following reasons and examples.
Firstly, famous professors in a university are magnetic to excellent students. It is because what turly draws to high-quality students is someone who can show them the right way to explore the unknown world, rather than hardware conditions. A good case in point is that in the second world war, in order to escape from the Japanese invasion, several top universities in China combined together and relocated to the southwest China. At the 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 ramarkable contributions. The function of universities is not only producing talents for society but also serving as an impetus to the progress of human beings. It is those scientific and social breakthroughs made by famous professors that dramatically expand people's lives, increase productivity, and improve people's living standards, which really defines the importance of 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 as Nobel Prize.
Admittedly, facilities are also of great importance to a university. It is hard to imagine what will become of a university if there is a poor condition in libraries, laboratories, sports venues and restaurants, because they play a basic role in supporting a university to run well. However, compared with famous professors, facilities are what work as an aid to help professors to carry out their works including teaching and researching. Thus, they are just secondary factors.
To put it in a nutshell, famous professors far overweigh the facilities and thus the former should be given more consideration in school's budget plan. Mei Yi Qi, one of the presidents of Qinghhua University, once said, "The essence of university does not lie in its buildings but in its masters." Hopefully every university can bear this remark in minds and do not put cart before the horse.