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[color=red]b Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “Universities should give the same amount of money to their students’ sports activities as they give to their university libraries.” Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.[/b]
Upon the question: should university give sport activities as much money as being given to library? Many people will respond in different way, some may agree other will disagree, it depend on their educational background, experiences, and interests. However, as far as I am concerned, I think university should spend more money on improving and maintaining libraries, rather than give money for supporting sport activities in campus for several reasons.
First and for most, condition of library reflects the level of university in whole. Libraries affect the reputation of the academic institutions, and have impact on the rating of the university among others. Most ranking agencies use libraries as one of the standards when estimating the level of university; advanced libraries are usually found in high ranking universities. Many students look for high ranking universities when they want to register, so by improving university’s library it can receive good rank, and therefore appeal more students.
Second, Library is the place where it has collection of various books and a broad range of papers and valued articles. It is the reference for each student to find information and acquire knowledge. Many publications are released every day and others are updated with new information from edition to edition. It is better to keep the library up-to-date and bestows the students the newest version of books to rely on when writing their researches. If library only provides old books and ancient knowledge, it deprives students from benefit and informed with the new changes in theories and bases. Furthermore, there is an increased demand for computers and internet access, library should accordingly increase its technology facilities and increase the number of computers and give the access to multiple databases and e-books. All what mentioned above need a lot of money, therefore, it is obvious that libraries should have more allocated of the budge than what sports should have.
On the other hand, I cannot deny that sports activities are also important. As we all know, “good for the body, good for the brain”. Many universities already have swimming pool, Gyms, and playgrounds. But in general, gym and swimming pool do not need as regular development as the library does. Having old fitting machines for example will not harm student educational process at all. Moreover, though exercising and being engaged in sports event is useful for students; they always can find their ways out of campus and benefit from public utilities.
All in all, to satisfy the purpose of university and for the benefit of students, university should allocate the bulk of its budget to libraries. University should always concentrate on academic issues and progress the educational resources.
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