Friday, February 20, 2009

Korea DebateFest in full swing!

February has been a jam-packed month for debate in Korea. The first week kicked off the Korean National High School Debate Championship and Workshop. IDEA sends a big congratulations to Daewon Foreign Language High School for taking home the top title!

The Chung Ang University- IDEA Pacific Rim Championship and Workshop followed two days later. Trainers from the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Malaysia lent their expertise to university debaters from across Korea and China. Won Joon Jang and Min Jae Yoo from the Underwood International College at Yonsei University took first after a final debate on the merits of tying international aid to democratic reforms.

The month concludes with the Asian Debate Institute, a week-long intensive program for both new and veteran debaters across Asia. Our lab groups are just now wrapping up, and students are busy preparing for the the final end-of-the-institute tournament... stay tuned for the results!

Elizabeth Humphrey, IDEA Program Coordinator, Korea

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