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IIUM DEBATING TEAM OUTRANKS HARVARD U IN RECENT WORLD DEBATE TOURNAMENT

IIUM DEBATING TEAM OUTRANKS HARVARD U IN RECENT WORLD DEBATE TOURNAMENT

التاريخ : 23 January 2013

المحرر : WebMaster

الفئة : News


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IIUM Rector, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin (far left) and IIUM Deputy Rector for Student Affairs, Dato’ Dr. Mizan Hitam far right) presenting the certificates of appreciation for the recent achievements of the IIUM Debating Team comprising of Ms. Arinah Najwa Ahmad (third from left) and Br. Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (2nd from left).

 

 

The IIUM debating team, comprising of Ms. Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said, a 4th year student of economics and Br. Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, a 2nd year student of law, reached the Quarterfinals of the Open Category of the World Debate. In the process of reaching the quarterfinal stage, the IIUM team defeated Harvard University and University College Dublin in the Octo-final.

IIUM team also outranked prestigious universities like Yale, LSE, Kings College, Imperial College of London, Victoria University of Wellington, Glasgow University, and Durham University.  Team members Ms Arinah Najwa and Mr. Syed Saddiq also received 2nd and 3rd ESL (English as a Second Language) Best Speaker Awards respectively.

The IIUM became the only Asian team to have reached this level of the international competition and the only Malaysian team ever to reach the Quarterfinal of the Open Category. This is a category where mostly students for whom English is a native language compete. The tournament saw Monash University, Australia as the Champions of this category.

 The Malaysian debate teams’ participation in the World Universities Debating Championship started back in December 1991 at the World Debate held at Oxford University. Since then Malaysian teams have been a regular fixture at the World Debate. The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) led the Malaysian participation at the World Debate together with universities like MMU, UiTM, UKM, UPM and others. This year the World Debate took place at TechnischeUniversität (TU) Berlinand seven Malaysian teams from IIUM, MMU, UiTM, APU and KDU participated.

IIUM Team member Mr. Syed Saddiq said he felt to be a proud student of IIUM and Malaysia after his team was announced as the winner in the octofinal against Harvard University and University College Dublin. ‘I feel I have put Malaysia in the world map in front of more than a thousand talented future leaders of the world. I feel I have done something for the country,’ added an over joyous Saddiq. Ms. Arinah, on the other hand was humbled by this achievement. She said that she hoped her juniors would carry on the Malaysian flag at the international debating scene. The team dedicated their success to their parents who have been very enthusiastic of their debate ambitions, thanked the IIUM administration for financial support and trainers for their encouragement and tips over the years.  

  

IIUM team with Deputy Rector (Student Affairs) Datuk Dr. Mizan Bin Hitam (far right) on the World Debate stage at TechnischeUniversität (TU) Berlin, Germany.