The 8th European Union Thailand Inter-varsity English Debate Championship's Grand Final Round of Debate and Awards Ceremony will take place tomorrow at Khon Kaen University.
This year’s championship distinguishes itself from its seven preceding competitions in two ways. Firstly, the tournament takes place under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Secondly, after having been hosted by Thammasat and Mahidol universities in previous years, this year’s tournament final is held outside of Bangkok for the first time, at Khon Kaen University.
Through its support for the debate competition, the European Union provides young Thai citizens a forum to practise a culture of critical analysis and intellectual debate in Thailand while promoting awareness and understanding of the European Union and its policy priorities.
At this year’s championship, Thai students will propose the topics for debate from a range of EU’s priority policies in politics, economics, the environment, science and technology, gender and sexuality, discrimination & differences, human rights & laws, to international relations. The topic to be debated at the Grand Final this year will be chosen from the students’ proposals to endorse that this activity is driven and participated in by students themselves.
Over the past seven years, the European Union Thailand National Inter-varsity Debate Championship has developed into the largest English language inter-varsity debate contest in Thailand, with approximately 300 students from all regions of Thailand joining this competition, a student–led initiative and collaboration amongst English language debate societies in Thailand.