Sample argumentative essay: A University in Every Town
Topic Sentence 1
The Turkish government is planning on opening 15 new universities in developing provinces of Turkey. This isÂ a response to pressure coming from local Members of Parliament who in turn have voiced the demands of their constituencies. Admittedly, education is essential and to educate or provide opportunity to educate is indeed a noble mission. However, as the already existing 85 universities in Turkey wrestle with recruitment and financial difficulties, it does not seem to be a good idea to add new universities to the system of higher education.
Topic Sentence 2
First of all, the new universities will very likely experience staffing problems. That is, they will have difficulty findingÂ faculty members that are qualified to teach in these budding universities. The truth cannot ...view middle of the document...
In addition to recruitment problems, small town universities are almost destined to have financial difficulties. The funds allocated to them by the state governments will not be enough to build from scratch all the facilities that are required to establish a university of professional academic and international standard. A university involves more than just a few classrooms. Students will need dorms, gyms, cafeterias, sports facilities, labs and computers for their academic and social development. How many new universities will be able to equip themselves with all or even most of these facilities on their campuses? The answer is obvious. The result, in turn, will be small town institutions, which consist of a sole building that houses classrooms and offices, and very likely nothing more.
Some insist that the establishment of a university in a developing town will contribute to the development of local economy. There is truth to this claim and indeed, Turkey, like many other countries at present, would benefit from any form of economic boost. However, if a university is wrestling with staff recruitment problems, or if it cannot solve its financial difficulties, we must admit that this also means that it cannot be of any help to the local community or economy either. It will only employ a few locals, provide substandard education to a few local youth, and it will not fulfill the aim for which it was initially established. In the long run, the boosted economy would still be likely to falter.
Universities are institutions of higher education and they need to provide education to satisfy certain standards. In order to provide such quality education they need to haveÂ qualified teachers and mustÂ provide minimum social and academic facilities. SinceÂ funds are limited, raising the standard of existing universities should be first priority. Only after that, should local governments in Turkey invest in establishing new ones.Â