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ByJos Buijvoets

Interview with Nathania Engelhardt: Creating opportunities around the globe

In the Netherlands, she was involved for years with keeping Wageningen Debating alive as well as being a constant presence at tournaments. Nathania “Nany” Engelhardt finished her master in Communication Sciences and returned to Curaçao to build a debating community. From being a student in the cold the Netherlands to being a major force in Spanish debating: this is the story of Nany.

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ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

Thailand WUDC 2020 – Interviews

Written by: Mike Weltevrede

With WUDC having concluded, we look back with the participants. How did they experience the tournament? What were their favourite motions? Did they spend more time in Thailand and surroundings and how did they like it?

Author’s note: They were in a sunny country while we were here in the cold. I bet they had a great time. *grunt*

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ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

Thailand WUDC 2020 – Outrounds

Written by: Mike Weltevrede

The outrounds of WUDC 2020 hosted a variety of motions. Unfortunately, these motions were only published as video titles to the streams (not to the tab) and the corresponding infoslides were not provided. Moreover, not all outrounds were streamed (probably because the speakers in those debates did not consent). Nonetheless, we will provide you with the motions that are known to us and the results of the three finals.

Edit (January 7, 2020): The motions tab has just been published to Tabbycat. The missing motions have been added to this article.

We will soon post some interviews with the Dutch participants at WUDC. For now, leave your comments on these motions and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

PS: Huyen and Angela judged the ESL and EFL semifinals, respectively!

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ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

Thailand WUDC 2020 – Day 1

Written by: Mike Weltevrede

The 40th edition of the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) has started. This time, it takes place on the campus of Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. The Netherlands is represented by one team: Saskia Bergmann and Nikola Michaylov. There are two (former) Dutch debaters judging the competition: Huyen Nguyen (formerly EDS, also serving as language officer) and Angela Portocarrero (formerly UDS). In this article, we will give a short insight into the first three rounds of the competition. In summary, Saskia and Nikola were able to snatch 6 out of 9 points and both Angela and Huyen were honoured to chair all three rounds.

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ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

Thailand WUDC 2020 – Day 2

Written by: Mike Weltevrede

After ending day 1 on 6 out of 9 points, the Dutch team went into day 2 enthusiastically. As you recall, Angela and Huyen chaired the first three rounds and saw some good rooms. Let’s see what the second day brought our friends.

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ByShakya Wickramanayake

[Leiden Novice 2019] On the utterly sentimental notion of love

It was cold early morning when we set off from the Tilburg station to Leiden on the 30th of November. Being our second tournament, we were visibly excited for the Leiden Novice tournament, especially after the Maastricht tournament that took place earlier in the month. The following are a few observations I made as a participant of the tournament.

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ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

Thailand WUDC 2020 – Day 3

Written by: Mike Weltevrede

The last day of inrounds is upon us. After these rounds are done, we will know which teams have made the so-called outrounds of the World Championships. Let us first look at our friends from Amsterdam. Since the break has already been announced, all team names have been decoded and we can now mention that Saskia and Nikola represented ASDV Bonaparte in Thailand.

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ByNoah van Dansik

[Cicero Tournament 2019] One of the nicest debating tournaments of the Netherlands

On the twenty-third of November, we were allowed to travel to the distant Brabant again for one of the nicest debating tournaments of the Netherlands: the Cicero tournament! American Parliamentary (AP) tournaments are scarce in the Netherlands, so as Bonapartians we are always very happy if we can show our best side again in Tilburg.

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