Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The Programme Each Fall, debate teams from UAE high schools come to NYU Abu Dhabi to compete for the Abu Dhabi schools trophy. A two-week programme, the tournament first invites teams for a day of coaching, during which our globally competitive university speakers train high school students at various skill levels: from first-time public speakers to experienced debaters. The following week, teams return to NYUAD to debate multiple preliminary rounds before breaking to the final rounds. The winning team, as well as the best speakers of the tournament, are recognised as the UAE High School Debate Champions. Speakers can opt to debate in either the English or Arabic division of the competition. The Vision
High School debating is an extraordinary chance to learn to express ideas and arguments convincingly, explore new topics, and meet other driven students. There is a reason that many of the best high school debaters go on to study at the world’s most competitive universities, and that many who try out Debate for only a few weeks stay at it for years. We aim to pioneer Debate in the UAE and MENA by bringing this opportunity to all high schools throughout the Emirates, foster a debating circuit in the region, and establish Arabic language debate as a crucial addition to the global debating circuit in the 21st century.
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