International students bring lively debate to Sydney campus

Australia and Qatar teams battle it out at the Pan Pacific Competition
at The University of Notre Dame Sydney Campus.

18 February 2014

Some of the world's youngest and promising debaters were welcomed onto The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Campus for the Pan Pacific Debating Championships on Wednesday 12 February 2014.

Students from Australia, New Zealand and Qatar argued for and against the topic - 'parents of students who perform well at school, should receive bonus welfare payments'.

"The Pan Pacific Debating Championships is a premier level international schools debating competition that provides debaters and audience members the opportunity to engage with the important global issue of the day," Daniel Swain, Coach of the Australian team said.

The competition is an opportunity for teams to develop communications skills, international understanding and lasting friendships. Australia, New Zealand and Qatar are founding participants in the competition and use the tournament for friendly competition and development between the yearly World Schools Debating Championships.

There were three debates in action on the day and the results were as follows:

  • Australia A team defeated Qatar B team
  • Australia B team defeated NZ B team
  • NZ A team defeated Qatar A team

Manager, Admission & Prospective Students Office in Sydney, Anne-Maree McCarthy, said the students brought an impressive level of lively debate and discussion to the Campus.

"The students debated with a great amount of spirit and friendly competition - it was a pleasure to welcome such a calibre of students to our Sydney Campus and support them during the competition. It was wonderful to hear how much the students from Qatar enjoyed visiting an Australian university," Ms McCarthy said.

Over the years, the Sydney Campus has helped to facilitate the Catholic Schools Debating Competition and the Independent Schools Debating Competition. For more information about events on campus please visit the events page

Notre Dame welcomes international students and also encourages students to Study Abroad and Experience the World. For more information visit:

Hannah Guilfoyle: Tel (02) 8204 4141;