Re: Research based institute: teach or research?
In engineering departments here in Canadian university, they actually have a set policy. 60% of the time the prof can allocate to his/her research, 30% towards teaching, and 10% towards administration. The same might be true across all departments but I'm not privy to that information. Having said that, I'm not even sure it really matters which is given priority. As long as the prof looks like he's putting in the effort to teach, it is good enough for me. Not sure if I suffer from some kind of attention deficit disorder or whatever, but I never could pay attention in lectures and always had to resort to learning on my own time. Not to mention tutoring friends (guess I wasn't the only one with ADD). Though, once or twice I did get professors who were exceptionally great humans. Not only were they good teachers, but also really cared about the students. I guess I kinda missed that since leaving highschool.
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