To the international debating community,
As Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the CIMB Group World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all invited teams to join me in Kuala Lumpur in December for what I am confident will be a magnificent debating and personal experience.
The invited colleges make up the cream of academic institutions across every continent and have proven themselves to be the strongest participants at the annual World Universities Debating Championships. It is from the halls of these illustrious colleges and from the ranks of their debating societies that future national leaders will emerge. By participating in a debating competition with the concept of peace as its core principle I hope that the barriers and divides that seem to be re-emerging between nations will start to be undermined in the short term between college students and long term between national leaderships.
At the same time the committee has been actively assembling a strong adjudication panel to suitably cater for the needs of the top debating teams in the world. The sponsors and organizers have worked tirelessly to attract a core team of adjudicators from around the world and can also rely on a strong pool of local judges following the staging of the World Debating Championships in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in recent years. Five preliminary rounds, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will provide a top class debating experience. With the World Championships in Thailand a week later there is no better way to prepare than to attend the CIMB Group World Universities Peace Invitational Debate.
I look forward to meeting you all at the competition. I promise you that the motions will be tough but fair, the debating competitive but fun and the experience one of the most memorable of your life.