Debating Tournament : Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II vs ENSAE Paris
The ENSAE Paris debating team faced that of the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas in the quarter-finals of the 2023 tournament, this Monday, February 13, 2023, in the premises of the Telecom Paris school, around the motion "Experts have the answer".
Another victory for ENSAE Paris! Our five students used their talent to achieve victory, as Government.
The next stage of this tournament will take us to the semi-finals, against the team from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
About the French Debating Association tournament
A playful rhetorical contest, inspired by the parliamentary debates at the House of Commons in Westminster, in which two teams of 5 speakers confront each other around a motion prepared 4 days in advance but also leaving room for improvisation. One team takes on the role of the Government and tries to convince the jury to adopt the motion, while the other, playing the role of the opposition, competes with verve to try to have it rejected.
This competition has been organized by the French Debating Association (FDA) since 1993, when Declan Mc Cavana, then an English teacher at ENSAE Paris, Polytechnique and ENA, created the structure. Its goal: to encourage public speaking in English among students. The enthusiasm shown by the participants and the public during the first tournament was such that the event was repeated every year and became increasingly successful.