Tehran to Host the 1st National English-Speaking Debating C’ships

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 14:47

The cultural affairs department of University of Tehran and the university’s academic center for education, culture and research, called Jahad Daneshgahi, are going to hold the first English-speaking universities debating championship in order to prepare students to take part in international competitions.

The first English-speaking universities debating championship is a huge and essential step to lay the groundwork for the Iranian university students to partake in world debating championships, Majid Sarsangi, director of the cultural affairs department of University of Tehran said on Sunday, Tehran Times reports.

“The competitions will also open up opportunities for students to extensively and intensively study, encourage teamwork, and more significantly train students to resolve disputes by negotiating rather than quarrelling,” Sarsangi noted.

Issa Alizadeh, Jahad Daneshgahi’s director for cultural affairs, for his part, said that the national Persian-speaking universities debating championship has been held for six years. “Two years ago we decided to plan the English-speaking debating competitions in order to facilitate students’ participation in international championships.”

“We are doing the spadework to also host one of the world debating championships in the near future,” Alizadeh said, however, he didn’t provide any further details on the countries they are planning to invite or the championships they want to host.

Mahdi Kazemi, head of the student organization of Jahad Daneshgahi, also explained that the debating championships held in Iran are similar to international competitions to some extent, but they are modified to suit Iran’s cultural and religious context.

The first edition of English-speaking universities debating championship will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday here in Tehran with 8 teams from University of Tehran, universities of Shahid Beheshti, Imam Sadeq, Payam Noor of Ardebil, Shahid Madani, and Mohaghegh Ardebili.

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