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.
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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