On Wednesday the 30th of March, the faculty of Biotechnology held their first session for their debate club. The event was quite interesting. It began with a presentation detailing all the rules and regulations that they would follow.
What the club’s aims were, and how the session would progress. The student teams were composed of six speakers for each team. The first topic was extemporaneous (previously prepared) and revolved around the ‘Social Media’, and whether it was an extension of our social life, or a barrier for real communication.
The second topic was impromptu (Improvised) and pertained towards the better argument of what the definition of ‘Open Minded’ really meant. The teams were very successful; it was a truly enjoyable event. The next session will be after the midterms, it will be held every fortnight for one hour on Saturdays and Mondays from 2-3 pm in locations that vary according to room availability.
The Debate Club is an activity that was established at the faculty with a purpose to train students and cultivate their argumentative skills. It is a fundamental tool for developing and maintaining democracy and open societies.
We envision a world in which every student has access to competitive speech and debate activities. We hope to become the leading voice in the development of resources, competitive and ethical standards, curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and recognition systems for our vast network of students, instructors, and alumni members. And finally we want to help students become effective speakers who are able to talk and challenge in the public speech as well as utilize their critical thinking, research, discussion and presentation skills, etc.
The Faculty of Biotechnology believes communication skills are essential for empowering youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our global society. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community of members committed to fostering excellence in young people through competitive speech and debate activities. Debate exists in order to further develop the educational skills of its members, and our mission is to apply those skills periodically.
The group works will be assigned to do many tasks. Club members must acquire knowledge through reading both technical skill and general knowledge from any sources and media because we will not only discuss topic related to general theory, but they also raise the current events to argue in the discussion. Moreover, every member will be introduced some strategies related to how to debate, which is the basic/ foundation of debating, by those skills, they can get some ideas to chat about. In addition, out-side the activities we are going to accomplish; club policy is formed in order to make everyone honestly perform their tasks, which are described below:
• Every member must be encouraged to speak English, if possible, in order to promote English-speaking environment.
• Everyone must have strong commitment in doing tasks.
We need to promote a student community with the same common interest, feeling, commitment, the level of knowledge especially a strong commitment so that everyone will be able to walk in the same side or path in order to reach the club goal.
•To develop some of your persuasive skills.
•To build some of our interactive skills!
•So we don’t have to turn EVERYTHING into A FIGHT!!
•To gain more insight into the versatility of opinions between people
Debate Club Programme 2016: