We aim to create a vibrant debate culture in Korea through diverse educational opportunities and interactive programs.
Debate Korea established an English debate society for Korean university students (DKI/DKF) to offer debate related educational experiences, and opened after-school programs at the Guro District Social Welfare Center. We also organized programs such as the National Pension Debate Academy to foster a thriving debate culture in Korea. For more information and collaboration inquiries, please refer to the information below.
Korea Economics Olympiad (KEO)
The Korea Economics Olympiad (KEO) is a competition sponsored by Debate Korea and organized by the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies (HAFS) to select the Korean representatives for the International Economics Olympiad (IEO). Participants who rank 1st to 5th in the KEO compete with representatives from other countries at the IEO.
At the 2022 KEO, the representatives selected went through a 7-day training camp and achieved outstanding results, with all Korean participants winning top honors in the economics assessment and individual awards.
National Security Debate Competition
The National Security Debate Competition is an event that the Korea Military Academy held for over 20 years to gather aspiring security leaders and discuss current events. Debate Korea sponsored the 2022 Competition, gathering 90 cadets from Korean military academies, 119 students from 41 Korean universities, including Seoul National University and Yonsei University, and 8 students from 8 foreign universities such as UC Berkeley.
For the first time in 21 years, the 2022 National Security Debate Competition was conducted in a "policy comparison debate" format developed by Debate Korea, and held policy comparison debate workshops for debaters and judges.
Yonsei Debate Open (YDO) Seminar
The Yonsei Debate Open (YDO) is a competition designed to provide university students with opportunities to debate on various topics and to create an open and communicative Yonsei University community. Yonsei University students participated as adjudicators and organizers of the event, gaining a comprehensive understanding of debate strategies and logical thinking skills.
Debate Korea conducted an open seminar on advanced debating skills for YDO participants.
National Pension Debate Academy
The Debate Academy was created for middle-aged and young generations to discuss various social issues such as national pension sustainability, youth employment, low birthrate, aging society, gentrification, housing, etc. The Social Issues Debate Group encouraged citizens' public policy engagement, improved public service provisions, and increased citizens' trust in national administration.
The program was attended by about 20 middle-aged participants, 30 college students, and 10 officials from the National Pension Service. It organized weekly meetings, expert presentations, and discussions.
Intervarsity Debate Association, DKI/DKF
The DK Institution (DKI) and DK Fellows (DKF) program encourages university students to broaden their perspectives on the world, practice public speaking, and become members of their respective university English debate societies. Lectures covered not only the basics of debate and debate motion interpretation but also a wide range of themes such as economics, feminism, and media. After the lecture, students analyzed given debate topics in detail (Case Study), practicing how to approach a topic and build logical arguments.
DKI is affiliated with the Korea Intervarsity Debate Association (KIDA), which includes debate societies from 12 universities (Ewha Womans University, Hanyang University, Kyung Hee University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Sogang University, Korea Military Academy, Chung-Ang University, and SolBridge).
Guro-gu Social Welfare Center After-School Class
Instructors from Debate Korea and university students majoring in social welfare conducted after-school debate classes at the Guro District Social Welfare Center for 2 hours every week. Teachers conducted classes based on debate procedures, formats, and core social issues. Topics discussed included democracy, the concept of a nation, and globalization.
Through this program, Debate Korea provided debate education to socially marginalized students, alleviating educational gaps between various income groups and making advanced education more accessible.