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Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) has won the first position in the 6th International Universities Debating Championship, beating the team from Jordan’s University of Science and Technology and the team from Higher Institute of Islamic Studies and Research in Mauritania, who won second and third spots, respectively.
The debating championship, organised by Qatar Foundation (QF) member QatarDebate, in which Arab, Asian, European and American countries participated, was attended by dignitaries, including?Undersecretary of Qatar’s Ministry of Education?and Higher Education HE Dr?Ibrahim?bin Saleh?Al Nuaimi, President of QF’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University Dr Ahmad M. Hasnah as the Guest of Honour and a number of official figures from some of the participating countries.
Some of the universities were competing in an Arabic language debate for the first time.
Executive Director of QatarDebate Dr Hayat Abdullah Marafi highlighted how 324 debaters, 150 judges and 80 volunteers, representing more than 50 countries, gathered at this competition to express human connection and unity that we always strive to achieve.
“The Arabic language has brought together young people from many countries. Their races, their varied religions and cultures, their different languages and dialects, shared in their belief of the message of the spoken word,” Dr Marafi said.
Dr Marafi noted that this year has witnessed many events that demonstrate the far-reaching message of QatarDebate, including the appointment of Salma Elkhaoudi, a PhD candidate from Stanford University as QatarDebate’s ambassador in the US – a result that stemmed from the cooperation between QatarDebate and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University.
A centre, known as ‘Arabic Language Studies and Debating’, was also launched as the result of the partnership between the university and QatarDebate.
QatarDebate also recently announced the QatarDebate Research Fellowship Programme – a new programme that seeks to empower and support researchers in order to develop knowledge in the field of debates.
Students of the Texas A&M University at Qatar team who won the championship expressed their joy at this achievement despite the intensity of the competition.
Moaz Mahmoud Ahmed Rabie said that the real meaning of “victory” changes after winning such an intense competition against extremely strong teams.
The Debating Pioneers Award for this season was won by the Debating and Thought Foundation from Jordan.
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