QIUPWUPID Facebook page to be made hotline communications.

Beginning today (December 05, 2017), QIUP WUPID Facebook page will be made the main channel for any real-time communications.

If you have questions or require any assistance regarding the event, please feel free to contact us via Facebook and we will respond to you instantly. It will also be a direct communications route to Keeren Rajoo, who will oversee and is the one responsible for the smooth running of the event.

Looking forward to welcome everyone in Ipoh!

Quest International University Perak welcomes the global debating community.

Quest International University Perak (also known as QIUP) welcomes the global debating community to the QIUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (also known as QIUP WUPID), as they arrive to Ipoh from December 08 to December 12, 2017.

The debates will take place at QIUP, with the grand finals to happen on the evening of December 12, 2017 (Tuesday) at Weil Hotel, Ipoh. Admission for members of the public is free.

QIUP will receive a total of 150 participants, consisting of university debaters, adjudicators, registered observers and volunteers. Universities that will be taking part are University of Oxford, University of Sydney, London School of Economics, University of Melbourne, Ateneo De Manila University, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and many more.

Shoaib Rahim, former university debater whom participated at WUPID in 2007 and 2008; and currently the Deputy Mayor of Kabul said, “There are no bin rooms in WUPID, you get the top teams from the get go and all throughout, and enjoy the intense high-level debates and adjudication. A joy to take part in, a joy to watch and most importantly a tournament to brag about even after 10 years. WUPID is as classy as debate tournaments can get.

In a comment made during the launch of QIUP WUPID in August (2017), the Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh remarked, “The Ministry is pleased to support debating activities. Oratory activities like debating are in line with the role of the Ministry in creating a wholesome graduate. Debating is able to equip our students to think critically and constructively. These qualities are essential especially in the age where fake news and viral misinformation is rampant. Debating enables our students to approach issues objectively, while having a constructive discourse which are both intellectual and fair.”

QIUP Council Member, Zaheer Merchant said, “We view debating as an important tool in innovation as it has proven to be a significant element for policy-design and decision-making. We recognise that freedom of innovation is a key driver for economic growth, and as Malaysia continues to move towards a high-value, knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on the services and manufacturing sectors, the culture of debating will play a critical role that not only raises the overall efficiency and productivity of the nation, but also preserving the moral and ethical standards of it’s collective society.”

QIUP WUPID 2017 is a Public-Private-Civil Society initiative spearheaded by Quest International University, Perak (“QIUP”), supported by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE), in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (“MIDP”) and various partners from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society organisations.

Blue Lounge by MIDP – The future of competitive debate marketing.

This December, at the QIUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (QIUP WUPID), the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (also known as MIDP) will unveil a new digital activation platform for organisers of competitive debating – #BlueLounge.

The platform is a project that has been long introduced in sporting competitions like football and rugby, which is meant to become a platform to increase brand activation space for sponsors as well as to enhance fan engagement.

The #BlueLounge is a broadcast-friendly debate room that only live-streams the top debate fixtures during the preliminary rounds. In between debate rounds, the #BlueLounge will function as a studio for punditry programmes – interviews, debate reviews, etc.

Ahmed Faris, CEO of MIDP said, “The whole purpose of the #BlueLounge is to provide an interactive platform with quality debate content. We hope that other debate organisers would happily gauge us for #BlueLounge as it not only provides a brilliant platform to enhance engagement with debaters from around the world but also a platform to drive brand activation for sponsors / partners.”

#BlueLounge is a digital activation platform jointly developed with Suponsa Global. MIDP is the Strategic Partner of QIUP WUPID 2017.

Bahas Bola to be held in conjunction with QIUP WUPID 2017.

Some footballing debates exist purely to sustain long evenings in the mamak or long road journeys to away games – and often never reach a satisfactory conclusion and even unheard by policy-makers of the football industry. This however, is about to change.

Together with the help of Haro Sports and Entertainment, and the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking, Bahas Bola – Live by Voice, will be launched and held on December 11, 2017 in conjunction with QIUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (QIUP WUPID) 2017.

The topic of the debate is, ‘This House Believes that the Football Association of Malaysia should regulate the salary of players.’ The affirmative side will consist of two debaters from University of Sydney, whom are also big fans of Sydney FC. The organisers are hoping that their involvement in the debate would enable the audience to acquire insights and experience from the A-League, which regulates player’s salary through a team salary cap. The opposing side, will consist of two local Malaysian football fans who have been rather vocal on the subject matter.

Bahas Bola – Live by Voice in Ipoh will be moderated by Keeshaanan Sundaresan, an acclaimed sports journalist in Malaysia. He has worked with Goal[dot]com, Fourth Official, Stadium[dot]MY and has been frequently invited to BFM for the weekly football talk show.

The debate will kick-off at 9pm and will take place in Plan B, Ipoh. Event is strictly restricted to 80 participants and entry fee is RM10. For more information, please visit the official Facebook page of Bahas Bola at http://www.facebook.com/MYBahasBola or http://www.facebook.com/QIUPWUPID.


TN50 collaborates with QIUP WUPID for a ‘Malaysia’ themed debate round.

TN50 or Transformasi Nasional 2050, is Malaysia’s initiative in engaging the youth and acquiring their insights on their aspirations o the country by 2050. The initiative was launched by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, but has extended to become an engagement involving all ministries under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Department.

QIUP WUPID is proud to be one of TN50’s platform for discourse, and contribute to the gathering of insights and input from the youth segment. One of the preliminary rounds would be themed ‘Malaysia’ and will feature a topic or debate motion relevant to the country.

Daniel Hasni, Organising Chairman of QIUP WUPID said that this collaboration is a worthy opportunity for Malaysia to tap into the thoughts of young leaders from around the world and grasp their inputs in matters such as foreign policy practices that Malaysia should undertake in the next 50 years.

TN50 is looking at the possibility of having the sessions streamed live via Facebook.

Here’s to WUPID.

Written by:
Ian William David Howell, Teacher and Former Debate Coach for Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Since its inception in 2007, WUPID has brought together many of the world’s best debaters from the global debating community.

I have to admit that I was at first apprehensive when I was first invited to this tournament way back in 2007. I remember first hearing of it over the telephone when Muhammad Yunus invited me as an adjudicator in 2007. My first reaction was – What sort of name is that to designate to an international tournament? And what at first sounded like Stupid ended up being my favourite international tournament.

I take a personal interest in WUPID because of my involvement in it. For WUPID 2007, I not only adjudicated in it, I helped in the tournament too. As an English language teacher, I found out upon arrival that I was to help in the MC’s speech. That was a surprise as my teaching skills were already on school holiday mode. But anything for Yunus. And what a memorable night it was, the opening ceremony was grand, the food was scrumptious and I got to meet one of Malaysia’s top jazz artiste, Noryn Aziz.

And then there was the accommodation. The past WUPIDs have provided us with some of the best accommodations of any debate tournament. You could end your day on a low note – not only debaters have bad days, adjudicators have them too – but you arrive at the hotel, knowing that a bed of total comfort and relaxation, a guarantee to a good night’s sleep, would be waiting for you.

I remember the international breakfast we would be fêted to, but it’s not the food that I would look forward to. It’s the being at the breakfast table early with friends, re-living and recalling the previous day’s events, finding out if any team was upset with decisions made, gossips etc. After all, only the top teams in the world participate in this event as WUPID is an invitational tournament. So it’s only natural that the teams expect the best adjudication panel. And WUPID delivers. Like the participating teams, only some of the best adjudicators are invited and expected. And it’s not just because it’s a competition. Being one of the most important pre-Worlds, teams view WUPID as a learning and preparatory competition. Which is why teams get competitive, but never ugly. Always friendly, but never complacent. And I suppose this is the reason also why this tournament is so prestigious. Only with the best can there be the best. And I am pleased and honoured that I have had some of my best adjudicating experiences at all the five WUPIDs of the past, from WUPID 2007 to 2011. And made some of my best friends at this tournament too. And I look forward to more WUPIDs in the future. Why? Because WUPID is not just a competition, it’s a community.

Universitas Indonesia qualifies for QIUP WUPID 2017 with a win at WUPID Indonesia.

Universitas Indonesia (UI) booked a place at QIUP WUPID 2017 together with the highest ranking team – Gadjah Mada University (UGM), after winning WUPID Indonesia last week. The event was held at Sampoerna University and was organised by WUPID’s Indonesian partners, bicara.co.

The Organising Chairman, Daniel Hasni said: “We’re very pleased to be able to revive the ‘WUPID National Qualifiers’ with our Indonesian partners – bicara.co. This initiative, which provides participation opportunity for institutions from other regions, is an essential feature to WUPID as it allows for a more diversified view of peace and social justice. We are currently talking to potential partners in Africa, Middle East, East Asia, South Asia and South America for WUPID in 2018.”

Invited institution for QIUP WUPID are primarily from Oceania, North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Apart from UI and UGM, teams that have confirmed their participation at QIUP WUPID 2017 are University of Oxford, University of Sydney, London School of Economics, Ateneo De Manila, International Islamic University Malaysia and many more.

A representative from bicara.co said: “We are very happy to hear that WUPID is coming back after a long absence. We are also very grateful to the co-founders as well as their new sponsors – QIUP, for trusting us once again in organising a WUPID National in Indonesia.”

QIUP WUPID 2017 will be held at Ipoh, Perak from December 08 – 12, 2017. For more information and daily updates, visit the FB page at http://www.facebook.com/QIUPWUPID.


Oxford first to confirm participation to QIUP WUPID 2017.

Preparation for QIUP WUPID 2007 marked a new milestone with University of Oxford becoming the first university to formally confirm their participation.

Although some more than 20 universities have either publicly or privately expressed their interest to take part in the inter-varsity debate championship, the first to be held in Ipoh, Perak after Qi Group, through it’s subsidiary Quest International University Perak decided to revive the championship.

QIUP WUPID 2017 begins on 08 December 2017 and the grand finals, on 12 December 2017. 40 teams from top debating institutions around the world are expected to participate, with further international participation announcements expected in the coming weeks.

“With so many universities having either publicly or privately confirmed their participation, we are on track to deliver our goal of hosting the most prestigious debating championship ever,” said Daniel Hasni, Organising Chairman of QIUP WUPID.

For frequent updates on the championship, please visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/QIUPWUPID.



Harish Natarajan, the final piece to QIUP WUPID 2017 adjudication core.

Written by Allison Jong.

Joining alongside Dr Chandran Somasundram (UM) and Jessica Musulin (ANU) as part of WUPID 2017 adjudication core, is Harish Natarajan. A household name in the debating world, Harish hails from Cambridge, UK and has previously obtained a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Grand Finalist of Thessa WUDC 2017 and twice the top 10 speaker at Worlds, Harish’s resume is certainly star studded. Additionally, Harish also holds an impressive record in EUDC. He was the Champion of the Euros, and appeared in the Grand Finals with a total of three times. Not missing in the long list of achievements, Harish is also the Champion of HWS Round Robin as well as Cambridge IV and 35 other debating tournaments around Europe.

Harish adjudication CV does not fall short either. He was the Chief Adjudicator of Oxford IV, Cambridge IV, WUDC and EUDC and 50 other debating tournaments worldwide.

Jessica Musulin appointed to QIUP WUPID 2017 adjudication core.

QUIP WUPID 2017 is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Musulin to its Adjudication Core. The appointment was made at the soft launch and press conference of QIUP WUPID 2017 at Everly Hotel, Putrajaya on 15 August 2017.

Jessica is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She has been actively debating since her undergraduate studies in Griffith University, South East Queensland.

As a debater, she was recently the Champion of the Australasian Debating Championship 2017 held in Brisbane, one of the most prestigious debating championships in the world. Moreover, she has also spoken in the elimination rounds of the Worlds Universites Debating Championship (WUDC), the Australiasian Women Debating Championship and the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championship (also known as Easters).

As an adjudicator, her outstanding experiences includes being the Chief Adjudicator of the Australasian Women Debating Championship, and the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championship. She has also judged the Grand Finals of the Australasian Debating Champion and the Quarterfinals of the WUDC. She will also be in the adjudication core of the Australasian Debating Championship 2018, which will be hosted in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur!