Debate Competition Univ


Continuing a long-standing university tradition throughout the world, Rome Forum provides an opportunity to participate in the University Debate Competition. Debating is a great way to search for the truth through dialogue. It involves speaking in public, critical listening, distinguishing what is merely persuasive from true conviction, defending one’s own position with arguments, and being able to put that position to the test in order to convince others. These skills and the way of thinking it foments are at the very heart of the university ethos.



For each debate, a topic will be chosen at random from a group of topics which have been previously chosen and published, as well as the position that each team should take up. The order of interventions will be agreed upon by both teams. If this agreement cannot be met, the order will be decided by flipping a coin.



Each debate consists of 4 intervention turns per team: presentation, rebuttal, counter-rebuttal and conclusions. For each turn, the intervention may last a maximum of 2 minutes per team, with the exception of the conclusions, in which the interventions may last a maximum of 1 minute.



            The panel of judges will evaluate, among other things, the following criteria:


a) previous preparation: research and solid facts vs. impressions and personal opinions;


b) clarity of exposition, order in the arguments, coherence, logical rigor, etc.;


c) rhetorical capacity, as well as elegance in manners, serenity and respectful tone in the argumentation and rebuttals towards the opposing team;


d) empathy and the use of both rational arguments and appeal to sentiments and feelings;


e) conviction: knowing how to listen and respond to the arguments of the opposition;


f) proper control and measure of time intervals for both presentations and rebuttals;


g) teamwork: interaction with members of one’s own team.




How do I participate?



Fill out the Registration Form (spanish) and the Participation Form (spanish), and send it to the address that is indicated. Also, for more information and to clarify any lingering doubts, there are the Guidelines (spanish). 


In any event, you can always get more information by sending an email to