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4 PHL schools in top 50 of World University Debate Rankings

February 19, 2012 10:11pm
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Four Philippine schools are in the top 50 debating societies according to the World University Debate Rankings, which is based on the results of 33 tournaments across the world.

The Ateneo de Manila University came in 7th, with a total of 3,070 points scored by 31 teams.

The University of the Philippines, Diliman placed 23rd, with 2,171 points scored by 22 teams.

The University of the Philippines, Manila placed 40th with 1,511 points scored by 15 teams.

De La Salle University Manila was 42nd with 1,485 points scored by 23 teams.

Australia's Sydney Union (4,589 points, 51 teams) and Monash (4,067 points, 58 teams) came in first and second respectively.

Emeritus member and former Chair of the World Debating Council Colm Flynn maintains the rankings. While they currently include tournaments held in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Austral Asians, Europe, United Kingdom, North America and South America, they wish to expand the number of tournaments and formats in the ranking.

The current ranking includes 500 debating societies, to show an accurate representation of their comparative strength against each other based on their participation in parliamentary debating around the world.

"The totals are calculated by adding the results of all the teams that society fielded in the tournaments we track over the course of the year, right up to the largest event – the World Universities Debating Championships," the International Debate Education Association said on its website, where the rankings may be viewed.

The last World University Debate Championship (WUDC) was held in Manila, where college debaters from 41 countries converged at De La Salle University, whose debate society hosted the tournament.

Two Philippine teams were among the top 16 teams in the "English as Second Language" (ESL) category of the 2011 WUDC, which is considered to be the "Olympics of Debate." --Carmela G. Lapena/KG, GMA News

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