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  • ticeayia
    University: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
    Nationality: China
    April 11, 2019 at 4:43 am

    “Research achievements define a university’s national and international reputation. ” should be replaced by “Research achievements usually contribute to economic growth as well as improve the well-being of ordinary people.” But this change dosen’t matter a lot in terms of how to write a satisfying TOEFL essay. I am grateful for your suggestion.  I will make constant practice in this way.

    ticeayia
    University: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
    Nationality: China
    April 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    In modern universities, professors act as researchers and teachers simultaneously. When it comes to the primary role of professors, some claim that doing research deserves more time than teaching. I agree with this statement since conducting research can benefit students, universities and the whole society.

    True, professors are teachers in universities. It is their responsibility to educate students by giving lectures as well as assigning homework. But this does not mean that conducting research is of no importance. In fact, those professors who have achieved success in research tend to be better instructors. Doing research enable them to catch up the latest trend, and gain a deep understanding of cutting-edge knowledge they are going to pass on. Furthermore, as a director of one particular project, a professor usually encourages students to join his or her group. Some students even become research assistances and thus prepare themselves for pursuit of graduate study in the future.

    Besides, conducting research has far-reaching influence. Research achievements define a university’s national and international reputation. For example, professors at the MIT Media Lab work in over 25 research groups and initiatives on more than 450 projects. They have created innovative technologies, pioneering such areas as wearable devices and pattern recognition. Every time the Lab’s creative technology finds its way into useful applications, there are jobs created in manufacturing, processing and advertising. As such, local people get income increased and enjoy higher quality of life.

    According to what discuss above, the advantages brought by doing research outweigh those stemming from teaching. Therefore, it would be better for professors to devote more time and attention to research projects.