One of the two teams that represented the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the 2019/2020 World University Debate Championship has qualified from the preliminary stage to the Open Partial Double-Octofinals stage of the competition.
The team, represented by raining champions of the Pan African University Debate Championship, Boakye Nyamekye Isaac and Erasmus Segbefia broke in the ESL category with 16 points and 1,430 speakers points.
So far, the KNUST debate team is the only team from Ghana to have broken to the knock out stage.
Witwatersrand University from South Africa also joined KNUST to qualify.
The 4oth edition of the World University Debate Championship; the largest debate competition in the world which was first held in Glasgow in 1981 is being hosted at Assumption University in Thailand from December 27, 2019, to January 4, 2020. 353 teams from over 200 universities across the world are competing in this year’s WUDC.
After 9 preliminary rounds of intense debate, 72 teams have broken to the knockout stage of the tournament.
KNUST; who are participating for the first time ever have broken to the knockout stage of the championship. making them the second Ghanaian university to reach the octofinal stage after the university of Ghana in 2018.
The tournament lasts for a week, and it is filled with the best level of debate rounds in the world. The debates employ the British Parliamentary (BP) format in which four teams compete against each other on two opposite positions on a given motion, which is announced fifteen minutes before every debate.
The competition is run in nine rounds under a Swiss-system where teams of a similar level face off against each other, until the best forty-eight break to the direct elimination rounds.
The best English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) teams enter their own elimination rounds.
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