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Happy Teachers' Day to my Chinese professor

By Ashikujaman Syed | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-10-05 11:10

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared October 5 to be World Teachers' Day in 1994. The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

Teachers are arguably the most important members of our society. They give children purpose, set them up for success as citizens of the world, and inspire in them a drive to do well and succeed in life.

As an international student, I studied in China for five years. I realized it thenthat China was advancing because education is the backbone of the nation. Teachers on the Chinese mainland earn the highest level of respect. Chinese teachers are diligent, punctual and dedicated to their work. I met many teachers in China in the five years I was there and one of my favorite teachers was Peng Chen, a professor of pharmacy at Lanzhou University.

He was punctual, sincere and hardworking and a talented person, efficient in teaching or presenting his subject, amiable with the students, caring, enterprising and rich with current knowledge. A good teacher must always encourage learners to develop their latent talents. I have many sweet memories with my professor and lab mates.

Whenever my articles are published he is always happy and inspires me a lot to write more. When someone faces a problem he tries to solve the problem. He believes a strong man can save himself, a great man can save another. He always beside me during the good and bad times. I will always be grateful to him. He inspired me a lot. He told me not to become a man of success but a man of value. Life isn't fair, but no matter your circumstances, you have to give it your all, he said. His key is he knows how to get good work out of students. Thats why students from professor Chen's lab are doing great.

On December31, 2019, he invited all of the lab members for the New Year party. We all lab members enjoyed a lot. I was the only international student. But I did never felt I was far from my home. I learned many things from him and still try to follow his advice. I am happy and lucky to get a supervisor like him. I wish him the best.  Happy World Teachers’ Day to all the teachers!

The writer is a Research Assistant, Bioinformatics Research Lab, Center for Research Innovation and Development in Bangladesh.

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