World Debating News
8 November 2007
We are delighted to announce that Koç University Debate Club will be bidding to host the World Universities Debating Championships 2010. After building up a tradition of hosting excellent events, culminating in our hosting of the largest ever European Championships in August 2007, we have decided that we are now ready and able to take on the massive challenge that hosting Worlds has become.
Worlds has not come to Eastern Europe this century and we believe that a Worlds hosted in Turkey would open up debating at the highest level to many new universities just as it has admirably done in Asia. We will be bidding to host Worlds in Antalya, based out of a 5-star resort and have already secured substantial institutional and corporate support.
Our Chief Adjudicator will be Can Okar, CA of Europeans in 2007, top ten speaker and semi-finalist at Worlds as well as former European Champion. Mehmet Fatih Inal and Suleyman Onay, two of the driving forces behind the OrgComm of Euros, will be our Co-Convenors, and a large portion of the OrgComm that worked on Euros will be part of the club in two years. We had over 100 volunteers at Euros and believe that the passion and hospitality we can offer Worlds will be unmatchable.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our website is now online and can be found at www.kuworlds2010.com. It has all of our contact details as well as further information and videos. You can also join our Facebook group for updates as well as to show us a bit of support! Lastly, if you need references, speak to anyone who has been to join us in past years and ask them what they think...
We look forward to meeting you all in Thailand and would like to take this opportunity to wish both Botswana and Singapore the best of luck in their bids. It is an exciting time for global debating when there are so many universities jostling to host Worlds.
Koç University Debate Club
I am in need of 10-15 faculty members for KDI School of Public Policy and Management Winter School Preliminary Term from January 4 - 31.
This year we are teaching debate as level 2 and level 3 english. We are likely going to have government officials from a wide range of countries (including Iraq!). Faculty will teach 4 hours a day 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Weekends will be free.
We have a budget of about $5300/per faculty member to cover housing, plane ticket and food/salary. Effectively the less money we spend on housing/planefare, the more money the faculty member will have left over as salary/spending money. I have been assured that the budget money is allocated and ready to be used.
As the courses will be taught to graduate students, an MA or PHD is preferred, a BA with a strong teaching record may be acceptable in selected cases.
If you are interested please send a CV to: email@example.com
Information about the KDI School can be found here: http://kdischool.ac.kr
Assistant Dean and Lecturer
Korea Development Institute Graduate School of Public Policy and Management
President, All Asian Debate Championship Executive Council
Oh dear me, is it that time already? Yes. The registration for participation at the inaugural CIMB WUPID is about to close in another 10 days. There are still some slots available and here are 10 reasons why you should act now:
1. There is no registration fee. That means you get to stay at Novotel (a brand new 4-star hotel in KL), food throughout the event and passes to the coolest socials ever for no fee whatsoever. Just confirm to us that you’re coming and sign in on the first day.
2. Loads of money to be won. A whooping MYR10, 000-00 for the champions, MYR5, 000-00 for first runner-up, and MYR3, 000-00 for the second runner-up. All finalists will also receive a pewter trophy courtesy of Royal Selangor.
3. To be able to debate among the best debating institutions in the planet – I’m not kidding at all. The universities that are coming are Sydney, Oxford, Cambridge, Hart House, Monash and loads, loads more.
4. To be adjudicated by demigods of debating. The adjudication core are not people, they’re demigods of debating. They have devoted much of their entire life to debating and have been vested the power of skilled adjudication by the Debate God. The Justice League: Dr. Omar Salahuddin, Dr. Alfred Snider, Mr. Colm Flynn, Assoc. Prof. Piyanart Faktorngpan and Mr. Neill Harvey Smith.
5. To be crowned champion or best overall speaker at the first ever WUPID – an event that the organizer plans to host annually.
6. To take part in a tournament that would be a perfect training stint and preparation for the Assumption Worlds; this would be in a week time.
7. To experience the city of Kuala Lumpur and the warmth of its people – most of the venues are within a walking distance. The ones that are not will be accessible by the monorail which each participant will be given a MYR20-00 stored value ticket.
8. To be world famous – where did that come about? Well, H&G’s strength is its marketing. Unlike other tournaments that are hosted by different organizations, WUPID is a property of H&G; hence an event that will be continuously marketed and promoted throughout the whole year via selected marketing channels. This is a necessary effort as, unlike other tournaments again, WUPID existence is not derived from attendance/registration fee but purely on sponsorship.
9. To be a part of a noble and ongoing initiative. CIMB WUPID is a tournament that objective is to gather future leaders and policy makers; and nurture the seed of tolerance, respect and togetherness. It is not a mere tournament but a platform for debaters to contribute and be more active in the pursuit of peace. To ensure this, H&G (organizer) are working closely with IDEA and Peace Malaysia to start off a micro-site dedicated to the discussion and dialogue of peace among debaters.
10. To help WUPID’s continuity and maturity. The success of the inaugural event is pivotal to its continuity. Talks are already underway to bring this event to London in 2008 and closer to Cork Worlds. With a huge success in terms of participation from many different renowned universities, we would once again be able to have another WUPID and hopefully, all the benefits above. Or perhaps more.
Come to CIMB WUPID and benefit from all the reasons above. They might not all be tangible benefits and might not all be a direct benefit to you, but it’ll downright make you feel proud. Act now!
H&G Strategic Communications
- East West University (Bangladesh)
- NLSIU (India)
- Independent University Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
- Islamic University of Technology (Bangladesh)
- independent (Bangladesh)
- East West University (Bangladesh)
- Northern University Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
- Chittagong University (Bangladesh)
- IDEA (USA)
- Uttara university (Bangladesh)
- ANU (Australia)
- Rajshahi University (Bangladesh)
- Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies (India)
- Cathedral High School Gujrat (Pakistan)
- Institute of Business Administration (Bangladesh)
- University Of Engineering & Technology, Lahore (Pakistan)
- International Islamic University Malaysia (Malaysia)
- AIUB (Bangladesh)
- Dhaka University (Bangladesh)
- Dhanmondi Tutorial (Bangladesh)
- BRAC University (Bangladesh)
- London School of Legal Studies (Bangladesh)
- Uttare University (Bangladesh)
- Scholastica (Bangladesh)
- BDC (Bangladesh)
- Mastermind (Bangladesh)
7 November 2007
At the last Worlds Council meeting it was agreed to establish asub-committee to attempt to codify the eligibility requirements forindividuals and institutions at the World Universities' DebatingChampionships.
Can anybody who is interested in contributing to this committee pleasecontact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to get theball rolling on this quickly I would appreciate it if those interestedwould contact me before Monday 12th November.
6 November 2007
Winning team Carleton - Adam Coombs & Garnett Genuis
- HH/Carleton - Nick Shkordoff & Ian Freeman
- Alberta/Calgary - Julia Lisztwan & Brent Kettles
- Alaska - Mike Rose & Ben Ferguson
- UBC - Kasha Chang & Evan Choate
- Carleton - Andrew Lawrence & Daniel Westlake
- Alberta - Wallis Rudnick & Nicholas Tam
- Claremont - Charlie Sprague & Kari Wohlschlegel
Top Novice George Trotter (HH)
Top Novice Team Alberta - Aneka Jiwaji & Nolan Sawatzky
Top 3 public speakers
- 1. Iain Ireland (Saskatchewan)
- 2. Candace Williams (Claremont)
- 3. Nathan Pinkoski (Alberta)
The motions for the tournament:
- THW make the HPV vaccine mandatory
- THBT information gathered from social-networking sites should never be admissible in court
- THW ban beauty pageants
- THBT the west should match China's investment in Africa, dollar for dollar
- THS the use of binding faith-based arbitration in civil matters
- Semi - THBT the US should cut all ties with the Musharraf regime
- Final - THW deny fertility assistance to the poor
For more info please see here
Applications for the Deputy Chief Adjudicator positions at Cork Worlds in 2009 have now closed.
I am delighted to announce that the following individuals applied:
Ivan Ah Sam
Anybody who would like to give feedback on any of the applicants is welcome to do so privately by emailing me at email@example.com.
I would request that people please respect those whom have put themselves forward by only giving feedback privately. I don't believe it would be fair for anybody to be discussed on mailing lists/message boards. A public debate would only serve to discourage people from putting their names forward in future.
Feedback is welcome from both individuals in their own capacity, as well as those representing societies, institutions and national bodies. If you giving feedback on behalf of a body of people I would appreciate it if you could clearly state so in your email as otherwise it will be taken as your opinion alone.
Feedback will be accepted up until 6pm (Dublin/London Time) on Monday the 26th of November 2007.
World Universities' Debating Championships, Cork 2009
5 November 2007
We have just finalized the trophy design for CIMB WUPID, I can’t describe it by words, but I could assure its going to be a hell of a trophy to compete for. As for the rest, preparation for CIMB WUPID is turning out really great. However, as we have recently opened up registration for teams which are not on our list, we have been receiving a lot of response from universities all over the world; nevertheless we still have a couple of more spots to fill up. So, for institutions that still haven’t contacted us and would like to participate, please do so by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE 15TH OF NOVEMBER… yes that’s right the closing date for all registrations would be on the 15th of November 2007. A piece of advice from me, rego, accommodation, socials is free AND spaces are limited.
To find out more about the event, visit the official website at http://www.wupid.hngsc.com/ or read more from the blogosphere at http://wordpress.com/tag/cimb-wupid.
Ahmed Ilyas bin Adam
H&G Strategic Communications
Organizer of CIMB Group World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (CIMB WUPID)
NTU is organizing Pre-Worlds 2007. Held on the 22nd and 23rd of December, we aim to provide all with as much practice as possible with six preliminary rounds and break into the semi finals. Singapore, being so close to Thailand, is an ideal location for a practice tournament as teams going for Worlds can stop by Singapore for the tournament and can then travel very cheaply to Thailand from here.
As part of our Adjudication Core, we have on board Ankit Agarwala, ICA of NTU Worlds Bid 2010 as well as Kylie Lane. Kylie is the DCA for Assumptions Worlds 2008 and has many achievements under her belt, including Worlds Best Speaker and Worlds Semi-Final adjudicator. We hope to gain some insight to the philosophy of this year's Worlds by having her on board.
The tab software we are using is the one Assumptions is using. In fact, their team will be down here testing it out themselves, so all who want to familiarize themselves with the new system of feedback in place are encouraged to come down.
We also plan to have a rocking socials on the night of the 22nd where we plan to show you just how fun NTU has become.
For our friends staying across the seas, we are providing you with accommodation at the luxurious Nanyang Executive Centre within campus for S$70 for two nights. For those who require accommodation for their stay before going off to Thailand, we can still provide rooms for you though you would have to pay the actual price. In fact, staying over would also allow you to take the much cheaper flights available from Singapore to Thailand. Deadline for accommodation details are the 17th of November beyond which prices and rooms are not guaranteed.
The team cap we have for Pre-Worlds is 80 with a maximum of 5 per university.
For more information regarding Pre-Worlds, please drop by our site http://clubs.ntu.edu.sg/ntuworlds2010/index.php?page=prew. Registration can also be done online. You can contact us at email@example.com for any other queries.
We look forward to hosting you in NTU for Pre-Worlds '07!
NTU Pre-Worlds '07
firstname.lastname@example.org (65) 9673-2964
Tabbie is Tab Software for British Parliamentary Debating Tournaments. It calculates the fairest possible draw for you, based on the official WUDC rules. It has an easy to use Web Interface, allowing input from multiple computers. Tabbie is very stable - it's been around since the NTU Worlds 2004 and is the software of choice for Bangkok Worlds 2008. Tabbie is Free (Open Source) Software.
More info on Tabbie can be found at http://tabbie.wikidot.com/
Tabbie can be run online (zero installation) at http://www.smoothtournament.com/
However things have been further complicated by the fact that I am currently in the process of moving house. Internet access has been switched off at our old house in Limerick and has not yet been switched on in the new house in Ardfinnan. Three months after applying I don't even have a connection date which, knowing the track record of eircom (our internet provider) means it will most likely be the new year before it gets set up.
Therefore please ignore the strange old main site at flynn.debating.net. For the moment it is best to go straight to the blog at worlddebating.blogspot.com. I will re-upload the newer version of the website to debating.net when I have access but I'm not sure when that will be.
Continue to send me (or any of the contributors) updates you would like to see posted to the site. I have e-mail access through my N95 and will post the updates when I get a chance.
update: Now that my log on is fixed I actually might have a plan to update the website without having broadband at home. I'll try to get out to the University of Limerick tomorrow and avail of their wireless internet.
Although it has already started the draw for the first round of the Irish Times has also be found here
(for those who aren't aware Ireland has two competitions that can claim to be national championships. The interesting aspect of them is they run over several months and over 150 different teams will take part. The high number of debates means there are a lot of motions which, while many of them will be Irish focused, might be of interest to those wondering what sort of motions are currently being debated)
The ‘NLS Debate’, launched in 2002 by the Literary and Debating Society of NLSIU, has in the matter of a few years emerged as the India sub-continent’s largest parliamentary-style debating championship. It follows a rigorous format modeled on international competitions such as the All-Asian championships. The six editions held so far have attracted participation not only from the best Indian universities but have also drawn teams from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We take pride in the fact that many teams who participate in the NLS Debate go on to perform exceedingly well in international competitions.
The grand final was contested between teams from Ram Jas College, New Delhi and Faculty of Law, Colombo University. The running trophy was won by the team from Ram Jas College which consisted of Harsh Malhotra, Kartik Mishra and Prithvi Rohan Kapoor. The winning team also took home a cash prize of Rs. 18,000 -/- while the runners-up team received Rs. 12,000 -/-. Cash prizes of Rs. 6,000 -/- each were also given to the losing semi-finalist teams from Kirori Mal College, New Delhi and St. Stephen’s College New Delhi. Harsh Malhotra of Ram Jas College was declared the ‘best speaker’ of the tournament (out of 126 speakers) while Parth Mehrotra of Kirori Mal College, New Delhi was declared the ‘second best speaker’ for the same. A special prize for ‘dignified’ conduct throughout the tournament was given to the team from Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna.
The 6th National Health Sciences Debate was held by the Internatonal Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 27th to 29th October 2007, and the final results are :
Champions : IMU E - Wong Yih Seong and Ooi Mian Li
1st Runners Up : Malaysian Multimedia University A - Ahmad Shaoib Abdul Rahim and Mohd Yusuf
2nd Runners Up : IMU A - Prasad Palani Velu and Tan Hai Liang
3rd Runners Up : University Teknologi Malaysia A - Chan Chun Keith and Ng Kin Lik
Best Speaker in the Finals : Wong Yih Seong (IMU E)
Best Speaker Overall : Wong Yih Seong (IMU E)