SMU Debating Society
SMU Debating Society is a family of like-minded individuals who come together weekly to share perspectives and challenge each other’s ideas through verbal spars on a wide range of issues. We are one of Singapore’s top debating societies, representing the university in various regional and international championships, while actively giving back to the sport through our various flagship events.
Members can expect quality training from experienced debaters and accomplished coaches, the opportunity to represent SMUDS on the global stage, and play a part in organising our very own events, establishing friendships that transcend borders.
Whether you aspire to be the next top debater, gain organizational experience, sharpen your analytical skills or simply bask in the company of like-minded individuals, SMU Debating Society provides a one-stop platform to give your university life an enriching experience!
OUR PEOPLE IN ACTION
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Champions - VinUni Debating Championship 2023
Semifinalists - Hong Kong Debating Championships 2023
Quarterfinalists - DTU Summers Pre-UADC 2023
Semifinalists - Malaysia British Parliamentary 2022
Pre-Quarterfinalists - ASEAN Youth Debate 2022
Organised the SMU Novice Debating Championship 2022
Grand Finalist - UMSU International Debate Open
Quarterfinalists - Ganesha Open 2021
Octofinalists - Borneo British Parliamentary Championships 2021
Semifinalists - Peking University Pro-Ams 2021
Quarterfinalists - Asia E-Debate Challenge 2021
Organised SMU Mini Pro-Ams 2020
Chief Adjudicator - United Asian Debating Championship 2019
Grand Finalists - Asian British Parliamentary 2019
Grand Finalists - NTU Pro-Ams Debating Championship 2019
Women’s Register - NUS Open 2019
Quarterfinalists - Cambridge Intervarsity Debating Championship 2019
Grand Finalists - SMU BP IV 2019
Champions - SIM Debate Open 2019
HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB?
Students do not need to audition/interview to join us, we welcome all students who are interested in joining us!
“Debate helps me to think sharper and meet fellow debaters in SMU, regionally and around the world. It exposes me to current affairs and ways of thinking that I have yet discovered. SMU Debating Society promises all the above, and that’s why I’m proud to be an SMU Debater”
- Hannah Zou, School of Social Sciences, Year 2
“In SMUDS, you will be bestowed with wisdom, acuity and strength. Wisdom from the exchange between yourself, peers and adjudicators. Acuity from the pressure to come up with something from nothing. Strength from your budding confidence and the supportive peers around you. I never regret the time spent in SMUDS.”
- Alexis Loy, School of Law, Year 3
"Debating helps force you to view issues from a given stance, critically breaking down problems and understanding what is at stake. Also, we're a fun inclusive wholesome community!"
Ryan Axel Koh
SOSS: Year 2
“SMUDS has given me the opportunity to travel and compete at the highest level all around the region. Most importantly, it has given me a comfortable platform to grow into the critical thinker and eloquent speaker I am today.”
SOE: Year 2
“ Being in the debating society in JC, I fell in love with the way debates promotes academic rigour and stimulates thinking. Furthermore, I was given the privilege of competing against stronger opponents who made me learn more about the different ways of argumentation. I feel like debates is a good way to constantly improve the way I think, and also adopt new schools of thinking as well. Lastly, I feel like debates is also a good way to provide me new perspectives and allow me to be more involved with real-world issues.”
LKCSB: Year 1
“ I was in debate in junior college and I developed a strong passion for it. I gained confidence to debate more often as my peers and instructors said that I had potential. Therefore, I wanted to join the debate society regardless of which university I went to. Not only that SMU debate has done very well and it is a good platform for me to be better and take part in more debate competitions.”
SOA: Year 1
Trainings for new debaters will focus on fundamental techniques and feature more accessible, beginner-friendly motions for debating. Regular trainings which are conducted on Thursday will be slightly more competitive with harder motions. However, both trainings will be conducted by accomplished and experienced debaters!
No. There are plenty of competitions that are catered to novices. You will also receive the support of our accomplished debaters when training and preparing for competitions!
Yes. There are plenty of competitions that are frequently being organised, and you can choose to participate in one that suits your schedule. However, do note that if you sign up for a major tournament, you will likely be expected to commit more time into training
No. While there are many competitions that you can participate in, it is perfectly fine for you to attend debate as a recreational activity or hobby.
NOPE! We accept debaters from all levels, and you can be sure that you will get up to speed learning about debating from our seniors.