The British High Commission held the Punjab semi-final for its fourth annual GREAT debate competition at the FAST National University in Lahore.
The competition featured 37 students from 11 universities in Lahore and was attended by senior members of academia and the media. At the end of an intense competition, Haris Ali Virk from GC University was the winner while Muhammad Ali from Punjab University was the runner-up.
The GREAT debate competition will take place from December 2018 to February 2019 in five cities across Pakistan. The Sindh semi-final of the GREAT debate took place in Karachi earlier this week.
The Acting British High Commissioner Richard Crowder said:
The universities of Lahore have active and vibrant debating societies and the UK is delighted to be able to give a platform for their members to further hone these skills. Learning to debate issues in an honest, courteous and thoughtful way is a skill for life, and an important part of what makes a democratic society. I myself enjoyed debating when I was a student, and that experience has served me in good stead over my career since.
Our themes for this year’s GREAT debate competition include trade, innovation, business and entrepreneurship. As Pakistan’s second largest export market overseas, these matter to the UK, as much as to Pakistan. We want to see commerce flourish between both countries, as the UK strengthens global partnerships in the context of Brexit, and Pakistan realises its potential as one of the world’s largest emerging markets.
Good luck to all participants.
The GREAT debate is a debating competition for university students. There will be five semi-finals – in five different cities (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta) involving students from over a 100 leading universities across Pakistan – and the winner and runner-up of each semi-final will compete in the final in Islamabad.
Winners and runner-ups from the semi-finals will be given one year British Council digital library memberships. The winner and runner-up of the overall competition will receive a scholarship reward to contribute towards their tuition fees.
Interested candidates can sign up for the city-wide debates by visiting GREAT debate website
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