WHAT IS A DEBATE?
The talent competitive university debating European youth train their argumentative skills as well as their general knowledge and rhetorical abilities.
They hold speeches on current topics and try to convince judges of their stance. The format of the Competition (British Parliamentary Format) imitates the debates taking place in the Lower House of the British Parliament.
Four teams of two argue either for or against a motion which is launched fifteen minutes before the debate begins. There are four positions which each team is randomly assigned to. Speeches last seven minutes and alternate between sides, with those arguing for the motion going first and experienced adjudicators and/or judges, decide whose arguments were more persuasive and give feedback for the participants to keep improving during the Competition.
The speeches do not only train the participants’ eloquence and public speaking but also hones their ability to logically analyze arguments. Debating is seen as valuable training for ambitious future professionals who utilize these skills in their future careers as well as their present studies. Debating teaches to the European Youth Talent to think critically and maintain an awareness of current issues
The tournament takes nine rounds of debating. After those rounds, the top teams are entered into the out-rounds until we are able to crown the champion team of the edition. The best debaters compete at huge competitions such as the European Universities Debating Championship.
University debaters worldwide build a strong international network. All over the world, debating is seen as one of the most powerful tools of education and the international debating community is strongly connected across borders. In general, debating and EUDC MADRID foster cultural exchange and understanding between students in Europe and beyond.
WHAT IS EUDC?
The European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) is an annual debating tournament for teams from universities in Europe, being the most important Talent Youth Event in Europe. The competition uses the British Parliamentary Debate format (the same debate format used at the World Universities Debating Championship).
The first edition of the European Universities Debating Championship took place in Rotterdam in 1999. Back then, debating was very different activity: just 32 teams participated. EUDC Madrid 202, over ten times larger, will be the 23th edition of Euros, with a cap team between 260 – 320 teams, being the definitive tournament to crown Europe’s Talent Youth Competition.