QatarDebate Center European Debating Championship Concludes in Vienna, Austria

QatarDebate Centre, member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science
and Community Development, concluded the European Arabic Debating
Championship in Vienna, Austria. The championship, which took place from
3-5 January 2019, featured 20 universities representing 15 European

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Group photo – featuring 20 teams from 15 European countries (Photo: AETOSWire)

Dr. Hayat Abdullah Maarafi, Executive Director of QatarDebate
Center, praised this milestone that marks an outstanding achievement
for the center and ushers a successful new year. She reiterated
QatarDebate Center’s keenness, through this championship, to promote the
Arabic language among speakers and spread the culture of positive debate
and dialogue as an effective skill.

European Institute of Human Sciences Team,
Winner of the European Debating Championship

The European Institute of Human Sciences (EIHS) from Germany
team, namely Mounir Rabeh, Salima Ahwazi and Mounir Al Bayk, bagged the
championship’s title in the inaugural edition of the European Arabic
Debating Championship.

Yalova University team, from Turkey team which included Mansour Bikir,
Mohamed Olgak and Khalid Akmen came in second position.

The Center also honored the Championship’s Best Speakers, namely;
Student Mounir Rabbah from European Institute of Human Sciences;
Anis Francis from the Institut Europeen Des Sciences Humaines;
Areej Mohamed Amin from University of Strasbourg; Students Yaseen
Yildrem and Mustafa Esk from Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University.

Commenting on the championship, Ms. Aisha Al Nesf, Head of the
Educational Programs Department at QatarDebate Center said: “The
Championship provides a diverse and exceptional platform that brings
together people from all educational backgrounds, cultures and opinions
to celebrate a culture of debate and nurture critical thinking skills.
Despite their different backgrounds, participants enjoyed a fruitful and
ongoing communication on various topics, including ways to boost their
debating and dialog skills in classical Arabic, even outside of the

Abdulrahman Al Subaie, Head of Outreach Programs and Marketing at QatarDebate,
expressed his thanks and appreciation to all those who thought of,
organized and implemented the championship, under the leadership of Dr. Hayat
Abdullah Maarafi, Executive Director, for the unwavering confidence
given to the Qatari delegation.

He said: “The European Arabic Debating Championship comes to an end
today, having celebrated dialogue under the theme ‘Cultural Dialogue by
European Students’.

We gather today to declare that the QatarDebate center has extended its
reach all over the world by spreading the art of debate and expression,
which represents a key pillar in human life.”

He also extended thanks to media representatives and to the European
Institute of Human Sciences’ administration in Germany for their
valuable idea; and to all participating teams, judges, and volunteers.

Mrs. Amel Al Rabai, Head of Arabic Language at the European Institute
of Human Sciences , Frankfurt who submitted the idea, said: “We had
the opportunity to participate in the 4th International
Universities Arabic Debate Championship (IUADC) 2017 in Qatar and we are
very much looking forward to partake in the upcoming International
Universities Debating Championship in March 2019.”

*Source: AETOSWire

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