Debate Culture: Make Independent Spirit Grow in Debate

 

As Hu Guang (the second president of SWUPL) concluded, our university aims to cultivate talents of political science and law proficient at both speech and writing. Debate is the very activity that can enable our students to be eloquent. Focused on law, SWUPL is a high-level university with distinctive characteristics of multidisciplinary coordinated development. Its diverse background, free spirit, and pursuit of critical thinking make the debate culture one of the most important components of its campus culture.

 

The systematic development of the debate culture started with the Speech & Debate Association which was established in 1983 and boasts over 10,000 members.   The Chinese debate team was founded in 1995 and selected as one of 100 excellent associations by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League, Ministry of Education, and All-China Students’ Federation (ACSF) in 2005.

 

The debate culture features diverse activities such as Chinese debate, English debate, professional debate, speech and recitation, and forum, etc.

 

The most representative activity of Chinese debate is the “Tianlun Cup” National Debating Competition among Universities of Political Science and Law, which enjoys high status and reputation thanks to its influence, rules, and fairness. Starting from 2004, an annual debating competition is held on campus. Its increasing participation and benefits have helped popularize the Chinese debate among our students.

 

Our Chinese debate team has participated in all levels of debating competitions and won the champion of the 8th Chinese Elite University Debating Invitational and of the 2010 “World Expo” Cross-Taiwan Straits Debating Competition: Imagination of Youth, respectively.

 

English debate mainly develops as the form of Model United Nations. Model United Nations activities are held on campus annually. We have participated in the International Model United Nations Conference many times and made great achievements.

 

Professional debate is a special form of debate in some professional field, such as the Moot Court debate and commercial arbitration. The former is one of representative campus activities, focusing on the students’ mastery and application of professional knowledge. We have won the champion of the “Theory of Law Cup” National Moot Court Debate and of the “Trade and Arbitration Cup” International Commercial Arbitration Moot, respectively.

 

Forum is also an important component of our debate activities. It is centered in the Southwest Law Forum and Jinkai Renowned Scholars’ Lecture, supplemented by the Graduate Student Forum and Undergraduate Student Forum. We have hosted the Chongqing Young Pioneer Forum, the 3rd Chinese Young Lawyers’ Forum, and other similar activities.

 

SWUPL has developed a multi-facet debate culture by combing official contests with unofficial ones, debate activities on department-, college-, and university-levels, and debating competitions with forum. Meanwhile, the debate culture has permeated teaching by being incorporated into related courses and academic activities, thus attracting the media attention from Phoenix TV, Chongqing Business Daily, Shenzhen Evening News and so on.

 

The debate culture has contributed to developing excellent college students. Our students have repeatedly won various prizes in all levels of contests outside the university. The debate culture has increased our students’ competitiveness in the job market and provided a large number of high-quality talents for the society.

 

Postscript:

 

Besides debate activities, SWUPL has made outstanding achievements in artistic activities, as well. Our Art teams have won the first prize in the 3rd Student Art Exhibition, a silver medal in the World Choir Games, and the 9th Chinese Music “Golden Bell Award”, respectively, as well as some other special awards. Our students have also frequently achieved good results in volleyball, track and field, basketball, martial arts, sports dance, and aerobics matches, etc.