Vic Debsoc

About Debsoc

The Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society ("Debsoc") is New Zealand’s most successful university debating society. The Society was formed in 1899, in anticipation of the opening of the new Victoria College, part of the then University of New Zealand. Students who formed the Debating Society also went on to form the Victoria Students’ Association.

The Society has a long record of participation and success on the international stage. Teams from the Society have made the Grand Final of the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in two of the last three years. At the end of 2008, a team from the Society reached the semi-finals of the World Universities’ Debating Championships. In 2007, a team from Victoria won the Cambridge Union IV and reached the final of the Oxford IV. The Society is currently ranked as the 19th best university in the world at debating.

The Society is a non-profit incorporated society, a registered New Zealand charity, and an affiliated club within the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association. It is led by an Executive Committee of eleven members, and governed by a constitution, which you can find here. The Society is heavily involved with debating and public speaking events around Wellington, participating in a number of public debates for various organisations and taking a leading role in organising debating at a secondary school level. The Society also enters teams in the Wellington Speaking Union competitions.

The Society meets every Wednesday evening in KK203 at 6:30pm at Vic’s Kelburn Campus. Some events also occur on Tuesday and Thursday. National and international tournaments mostly occur in university holidays.

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