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British High Commission’s GREAT Debate competition comes to Mirpur for the first time

The British High Commission’s annual GREAT Debate competition continued with a semi-final event at the Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mirpur.

Great debate winner, Afifa Awais receiving award

Great debate winner, Afifa Awais receiving award

The event brought together debaters from across universities in Mirpur. After a competitive round of fixtures, Afifa Awais and Aqib Aurangzeb from MUST were judged to be the winner and runner-up respectively.

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said:

I am delighted that after organising the GREAT Debate competition in nine cities we have brought the competition for the first time to the city of Mirpur. Pakistan’s young population is a great source of hope. It is these debaters and young leaders who will guide the country to a bright and prosperous future.

I hope to see another strong performance from the winner and runner-up from this heat in the final

The GREAT Debate 2017 is the third annual edition of the competition that gives students a platform to participate in debates, interact with other students from different universities and hone their skills in research, analytical thinking and public speaking.

Winners and runners-up 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.

Further information

The GREAT Debate is a debating competition for university students. There will be seven semi-finals – in seven different cities (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Gujarat, Faisalabad and Mirpur) involving students from over 50 leading universities across Pakistan – and the winner and runner-up of each semi-final will compete in the final in Islamabad.

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Published 19 January 2018