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What is WUDC?

The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) is the largest debate tournament in the world and is the largest annual international event for college students. The first competition was hosted by the University of Glasgow in January 1981, with 43 teams from 7 countries. Currently, it has truly grown into an international English debate competition, with about 400 teams

(2 people per team) participating in more than 380 universities from 80 countries.

At WUDC, students from top universities around the world regularly gather to compete against each other. Numerous students from leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Monash, and Sydney participate in the tournament. As the prominent domestic and foreign participants fiercely compete, winning the WUDC is the highest authority achievement that debaters can gain. WUDC offers a groundbreaking opportunity for Korean college students to develop critical thinking and logical communication skills by discussing internationally important issues.

Korea WUDC 2021 Opening Ceremony

In July 2021, Debate Korea communicated with participants from all over the world both online and offline through the World Universities Debating Championship which took place in Korea’s largest convention center KINTEX in Ilsan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremony of WUDC was held as Korea’s first ‘Debate Day’ event under quarantine and government guidelines. More than 200 speakers and field participants and 2,000 online simultaneous participants joined the successful event.

Debate Day was designed as a meeting place where various debate groups, associations, and institutions scattered in Korea can gather in one place to network, and discuss the present and future of the Korean debate. Korean participants and foreign participants who interacted online and offline simultaneously had time to share stories and sympathize with each other on the impact of the discussion on individual growth. In addition, we promoted the continuous spread of debate culture which had a hardship as communication and exchanges in the global community was cut off due to COVID-19.

In addition, for the influx of non-debaters in Korea and the solidarity of debaters, we invited seniors from various fields who have grown and succeeded socially through debate to hold career sessions. This was an opportunity for everyone to feel that debate can be used very effectively not only in logical and intellectual growth but also in practical areas such as employment and social networking. In addition to the events held at the main lecture hall, participants were provided career counseling and individual question and answer opportunities with speakers and participants, which led to more in-depth communication in the additional space.

Debate Korea will be the center of debate in Korea and will move to the world based on debate education, holding competitions, spreading discussion culture, and securing expertise, and will serve as the center of Asian communication culture. Debate Day not only became a medium for revitalizing the debate community in both Korea and worldwide but also became a new starting point for it, which has been stagnant due to COVID-19.

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Judge Training Program

Introduction to Judge

Training Program

Welcome to the official WUDC 2021 judge training program!

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Central Content Hub

This page is a central hub for all the content in the program.

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Korea WUDC 2021

Training Programs

Click here  to watch all the

training programs from

Korea WUDC 2021.

Module 1:

Tracking a Debate

In this module, we discuss the most fundamental skill of

being a good judge:

tracking or note-taking.

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Module 2:

Top Half Comparisons

In this module, we discuss how to compare directly between teams, using a top half clash to

illustrate these principles.

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Module 3:


In this module, we go through the most common types of

debate motions.

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