Students end Headstart programme with lively debate

New OIC students end a 2-week Headstart programme with debating competition

For the last two weeks, many new OIC students have joined us for a Headstart programme here at College. To complete their programme, on Friday 30th August, our students took part in our Headstart Debating Competition. 46 students participated in the activity either as debaters or audience. The Debating Matters’ format, which allows judges and audience to challenge arguments presented by the debaters, was followed.

Two debates were held in the afternoon, their motions involving issues that need to be approached from a scientific and technological, as well as ethical, point of view. The motions were:


‘In the digital era, we should not expect our online activities to remain private’

‘We should welcome the advent of human genome editing.’


Students started by presenting their main arguments during the opening speeches. They brought forward solid arguments regarding the ethical, economic and scientific impact of the issues analysed. The judges then posed questions to the debaters challenging their arguments. This was a great opportunity for the students to defend their positions. Finally, students delivered concise and well-reasoned summary speeches which identified clash points and the strongest arguments.

Congratulations to all students for their hard work and a special mention to the proposing teams, for winning the debates, and to Justin and Elena, for winning the best speaker awards.

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Wednesday 4th September 2019

Published by: Oxford International College

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