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Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational

The Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational was ambitiously organized by Cornell University's Cornell Speech and Debate Society in the United States and Foreign Language Institute in Korea's prestigious Yonsei University to provide a

high-quality forum for middle and high school students from home and abroad with Debate Korea.


The main competition, which marks its seventh anniversary following the first competition in 2014, was planned as an online camp in response to the coronavirus infection-19 in 2020. The competition, which was only held in the form of an offline debate competition, was redesigned as an online debate camp, and participants were given the opportunity to develop the logic and discussion skills needed to be a successful global leaders through systematic English debate education and feedback. This year, it will be a valuable experience for students who are interested in debate and want to grow into international and global talents because it will present more intensive individual feedback and Q&A and information of exchange programs from college mentors currently studying abroad.

The existing competition was sponsored by the National Assembly's Education, Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee starting from 2018, and the 2018 finals were held at the National Assembly Members’ Office building and the 2019 finals were held at KINTEX. The Cornell-Yonsei English Debate High School competition will be a valuable experience for students interested in debate, as well as workshops conducted by the Cornell University Speech & Debate Team, which was the No.1 debate society among universities around the world as of 2013. The workshop was held all day long for two days before the competition for those who wish to participate apart from the competition.

Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational invites middle and high school students from home and abroad who actively participates in english debates regardless of school affiliations so that more students can participate in the competition.

As a team of 3 people, there are a total of 6 rounds of preliminary rounds in Asian Parliamentary format.

Middle school division has been newly created since the 2017 competition, and is being held simultaneously with the high school division, so that the participating students can watch and review the seniors' discussions as well as listen to the judges' feedback. Participants receive official certificates, along with awards from the Semi-Finalists and the

Top 3 Best Speakers and EFL Top 3 Best Speakers.

The awards include the Award from the Chairman of the National Assembly's Education Committee,

the National Assembly Award, and Debate Korea Chairman Award.


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Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational.

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