Teaching and Education (T&E) constitute the most
important activity in knowledge transfer from generation to generation. This
can explain why government organizations consider the training of highly
qualified personnel as one of the most important criteria in the selection of
research and development (R&D) grant applications. A university professor
should thus not only play the role of researcher, but also that of teacher.
T&E and R&D combine to form an inseparable relationship for university
professors. By shooting for excellence in T&E, we could get a new
perception of a familiar field or initiate a brand new field altogether, which
would in turn enhance our research. The quest for excellence in R&D leads
to deeper and better understanding of materials taught, and progress in R&D
enriches our T&E endeavors. Here, the author shares a beneficial experience
from T&E to R&D.
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