The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) is a parliamentary debating event, held in the ‘British Parliamentary’ competitive debate format. Colloquially it is referred to as ‘Worlds’ and the winners of the competition acknowledged as the ‘World Champions’. Deree College hosted the World Universities Debating Championship in 1998 in Athens, becoming the first non-English speaking nation to host the event.

Each year the event is hosted by a different university, selected by the World Universities Debating Council at the World Championship taking place. This follows a bidding process conducted at the World Championships held up to two years prior to the tournament.

The tournament is the world’s largest debating competition, and one of the largest annual international student events in the world. The inaugural Championship was hosted by the Glasgow University Union in January 1981 with 43 teams from 7 nations competing. Since then it has dramatically expanded to an event that hosts over 400 teams (each composed of two individual students) representing over 250 universities of 70 different nations.

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Thessaloniki is the largest city in northern Greece and the second largest in Greece, not to mention one of the oldest in Europe, extending over 12 km along the shore of the Thermaic Gulf. Thessaloniki is one of the Greek cities with the richest histories, and following the end of the First Balkan War has been considered the one of the most influential cities in Southeastern Europe. In 1997, it was named the cultural capital of Europe and it will be the European Youth Capital in 2014. It is a dazzling and lively city with a centuries-long history, a metropolis of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and the modern-day capital of the Greek region of Central Macedonia.

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