Australian varsity beats the rest with outstanding oratory skills


A team member from Oxford University questioning a point made by a speaker from the National University of Singapore.

THE UNIVERSITY of Sydney emerged champion of the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) World Universities Peace Invitational Debate 2017, last week.

The Aussie team, comprising Clyde Welsh and James Pacino, edged out teams from Oxford University, London School of Economics and also the National University of Singapore with their oratory skills in the grand finals held in Ipoh last Wednesday.

The team received RM10,000 while the other finalists received RM2,000 each.

Welsh, 22, also emerged as Best Debater and was awarded RM1,000 for his effort.

The four-day event saw a participation of 32 teams from 20 global institutions representing the United Kingdom, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

A sapling emerging between the drain cover in Taman Pertama, Ipoh.
The winning teams of the debate competition.

In his speech, QIUP council member Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Khas stressed the importance of debating skills in shaping the youths of tomorrow.

“We view debating as an important tool in innovation as it has proven to be a significant element for policy-design and decision-making.

“We recognise that freedom of innovation is a key driver for economic growth and as Malaysia continues to move towards a high-value, knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on the services and manufacturing sectors.

“The culture of debating will play a pivotal role that not only raises the overall efficiency and productivity of the nation but also helps to preserve the moral and ethical standards of society,” he Megat added.

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