On Wednesday, February 16, there will be a new activity: the 1st Tournament of UB Speeches.
From February 13 to February 17, the Aula Magna of the Historical Building holds the eleventh edition of the Debate League of the University of Barcelona, organized by the Debate’s Association of the University of Barcelona and the Vice-Rector’s Office for Academic Policy, Students and Quality, with the support of the Student Support Services, which is open to all students of the University. From February 13 to 15, the eliminatory tests will take place, covering the subject of “Should internet be limited?”. On February 17 there will be the semifinals and the finals, with the topic “Should public power control the media?”. On Wednesday, February 16, there will be a new activity: the 1st Tournament of UB Speeches.
The Debate League of the University of Barcelona, to be held at the Aula Magna of the Historical Building, is a fun and training competition in which the teams, formed by university students from different studies of the University and led by a captain, face a set of debates revolving around current affairs, proposed by the organization. This year’s edition counts with the registration of 8 teams, formed by students of the Faculty of Mathematics, Geography and History, Economics and Business, Law, Physics, Psychology, who will play in groups of 2-5 people, in eliminatory phases with random matching-ups. This year, the topic for the eliminatory phases (“Should Internet be limited?) is fixed, unlike in other editions, following the academic debate model most used in university competitions.
The position the participants have to defend (in favour or against) will be raffled five minutes before starting the debate. This model involves a high level of demand and allows participants to show their skills and talent to speak in public and in front of a jury formed by academic authorities and experts on communication. The two teams with the highest score will face each other in the final to decide the first and the second place. The winner will be the team with a better ability to communicate, make them understandable and mostly, join common perspectives and create opinion. The winners of the competition will represent the University of Barcelona in the 13th University Debate League of the Vives University Network.
Practicing debate is an activity that allows improving oratory and rhetoric, it gives confidence when speaking in public and offers tools to control the language. The debate also allows the students to acquire and practice meditation strategies and techniques for negotiation and conflict resolution. Everything together makes this activity –recognized with an ECTS credit- to have a high educational potential.
Regarding the 1st Tournament of UB Speeches
, all participants from the internal league can take part in it. In the qualifying round, the topic for the speech is free of choice. The best ones will step into the next round and then the topics will be randomly given, from the jury’s proposals.
Participation in the University Debate League of Vives Network is at stake
The 11th Debate League of the UB will serve to choose the team to represent the University in the 12th University Debate League of the Vives University Network, to be held at the Pompeu Fabra University from April 24 to 27.