PRESS RELEASE THE GREAT SERDANG DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIP (GSD 2008) KOLEJ TUN DR.

ISMAIL UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA
PROGRAMME DATE VENUE : The Great Serdang Debating Championship (GSD 2008) : 22nd May (Thursday) to 25th May 2008 (Sunday) : Dataran Melur (Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail), UPM (Accommodation) Faculty of Medical and Health Science, UPM (Preliminaries) Panggung Percubaan, PKSSAAS UPM (Grand Final) ORGANIZER : Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail, UPM : Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Student Affairs and Alumni Division of UPM

WITH CO-OPERATION

OBJECTIVES 1. To provide the ideal stage where undergraduates can exchange ideas and points of view on current, regional and international issues of politics, economic and social significance 2. To link and build up team spirit among undergraduates and also to manure loving country spirit by exchanging idea and intellectual interaction. 3. To provide the Organizing Committee, comprising undergraduates from various disciplines, with communicational training and exposure to project management in an effort to shape confident and versatile generation 4. To encourage undergraduates to a rational and positive critical of thinking in discussing current issues in rational and regulate platform without any conflict.

INTRODUCTION

Debating is an intellectual activity which improves the fluency and eloquence in the English language. Besides, it helps enhancing the use of English as an international language and promoting oratory skills. This is a platform for rational and intelligent disquisition. The event will foster new friendship and nurture the spirit of good will among the participants. This then will strengthen our hand and provide an opportunity for mutual cooperation in the future. Kolej Tun Dr Ismail has many experience in organizing activities involving students from different races. Besides being a host of sports and cultural activities, Kolej Tun Dr Ismail also had experience in organizing ‘Pertandingan Debat Diraja Institusi Pengajian Awam 2000’ and ‘Kejohanan Debat Ala Parlimen’ and other inter-college debate competitions. “The Great Serdang Debating Championship” is a new debating tournament which was held for the first time in 2003, organized by the ‘Debating and Oratory Society Of Elites’ and Sekretariat Perhubungan Awam dan Perpaduan of Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail. In 2005, the Corporate Communication Secreteriat of Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail in co-operation with the management of Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail and Student Affairs Division of Universiti Putra Malaysia, had organized the tournament once again. We saw MMU emerged as the champion for the second time after defeating Tease Polytehcnique of Singapore. We received positive responses after the tournament ended, saying that we should organize it in the future. This year, we are going to organize it a larger scale, where this time varsities around South East Asia, Japan, India and South Korea will be invited to participate in the tournament. This tournament adapts the Asian Parliamentary concept, which is the concept used in the All-Asian Intervarsity Debating Championship. In the previous tournament, we have received positive support from the participants, especially those from overseas universities, hoping that, tournament like this will be carried on in the future. We were also praised, as the organization of this tournament is as grand as the All-Asian Intervasity Debating Champioship. Therefore, we have decided to organize it again but this time, it will be more

bigger and better.

For any further enquiries, please refer to: Organizing Committee, The Great Serdang Debating Championship (GSD 2008) Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail Universiti Putra Malaysia 43400 UPM Serdang Selangor. Email: gsdupm2006@yahoo.com Attention: Radzuwan Abd Rashid (012-7057487) Naomi A/P Nagaram (017-2076636) (Public Relations Division)