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Independent Adjudicator Applications - The September Round

To the World Debating Community,

The second round of independent adjudicator applications for Malaysia Worlds 2015 will open on 1st September 2014. Applicants who have already applied in the first round (which was in June) do not need to re-apply in this round under any circumstances - only new applicants need apply in this round. As in the June round, the application form for those wishing to attend Malaysia Worlds 2015 as Independent Adjudicators will be available here: http://www.goo.gl/BoKWGv and will be accepting applications from 1st September (it will not be accepting applications before then). A few applicants in the June round found this hyperlink non-functional when clicked on from the tournament website - if anyone does encounter such problems in September, then pasting the link into your address bar or using the link on the Malaysia Worlds 2015 facebook page should work without any problems.

The form is not just for those who are requesting financial support (i.e. registration waivers or travel expense subsidies), we anticipate also awarding places to individuals who have secured, or are likely to secure, financial support from their universities or other sources. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm of 21st September 2014. After that deadline there will no longer be any opportunity to apply to be an independent adjudicator at Malaysia Worlds, so we encourage everyone to apply as early in September as possible. Please spread this announcement to all who might be interested to ensure no one who intends to apply fails to do so.

Any questions pertaining to the form or the independent adjudicator application process should be sent to adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com. If any consistent problems, questions or updates arise, we will post clarifications to them on the Malaysia Worlds 2015 facebook page - so please regularly look there for guidance.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Many thanks,

The Malaysia Worlds 2015 Adjudication Core
Shafiq Bazari, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Engin Arıkan, Brett Frazer, Madeline Schultz, Sebastian Templeton, Danique van Koppenhagen



  • Independent Adjudicator ApplicationsOpen or Close

    To the World Debating Community,

    We would like to thank all those who have applied to be an Independent Adjudicator at Malaysia Worlds 2015 - the overall strength of the applications has been exceptionally high, and we are very excited about the projected strength and depth of our judging pool at the tournament. Our processing of those applications is ongoing, but we felt that those who had applied deserved an update on where we are at this time.

    The process of building a pool of funded independent adjudicators is, necessarily, a very time-consuming one. Over the course of the last few weeks, the AdjCore has been issuing, and responding to, a first wave of offer letters to a number of applicants. Applicants who have not yet received an offer letter from the AdjCore should *not* conclude that their application has therefore failed or been poorly evaluated. But our need to manage a finite budget for registration waivers and travel subsidies, the importance of holding over one quarter of that budget for the September round of new applications, and the fact that many offers we make will impact on what other offers we would make, means that we have had to structure our offers over time. The order in which applicants have been contacted is not simply a reflection of the strength of their application, and many applicants we are extremely keen to see attend Malaysia Worlds will still have not been made an offer by us. We appreciate that this means that a number of candidates have still not heard about the outcome of their application, and we apologise for this. But this only reflects the care and thoroughness we are attempting to devote to the application and offer process, and the time that process inevitably requires given the need to wait on responses from adjudicators to offers that have been made. We reiterate: having not yet received an offer is not a basis for concluding that your application has been evaluated negatively, or that (where relevant) you will not be allocated a competitive offer to attend the tournament.

    At this time, we are unlikely to make more than a handful of additional offers before the start of the September round (for new applicants, an announcement about that September round will be made shortly), because of our decision to protect one quarter of our budget for that round. But any adjudicator who has not yet been contacted by us will still have their application live in that round, and we will definitely be making further offers after its conclusion. This is simply a necessity of having two rounds of applications - and we believe having two rounds is very beneficial to both the tournament and potential adjudicators. We ask for your continued patience whilst we work through the applications and attempt to build the very best possible pool of independent adjudicators for Malaysia Worlds. Urgent enquiries can still be made to adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com.

    Many thanks,

    The Malaysia Worlds 2015 AdjCore

  • Updated Allocations List & Payment ReminderOpen or Close

    To all institution representatives,

    You will be able to view the status of your institution and whether or not you have been allocated more teams in the following link:

    http://goo.gl/XrWSjS

    The release of this sheet has been delayed due to an immense number of participants requesting for a payment extension in the first phase of payment. As such, we have exhausted all payment extensions granted and are now in a position to drop institutions that have failed to abide by the payment deadline.

    We have to highlight several things:

    1. If you have been granted an increased allocation of teams and judges, the new payment deadline in which full payment must be made is the 29th of August 2014.

    If you would like a new invoice, send your request to malaysiaworlds2015@gmail.com.

    We will send a mass general e-mail notifying institution reps on the updated allocations. We will require a reply indicating that you are still interested in sending those amount of teams and judges. If there is no reply within seven days (from when the e-mail is sent), we will assume that you are no longer interested in sending those amount of teams and judges.

    2. If there is no change in your allocated teams and judges, the former payment deadline still applies. The full registration fee is due on the 31st of July 2014.

    If you require a longer timeframe to complete payment, do not hesitate to email us at the aforementioned e-mail addresses.

    3. If you are dropped from the registration list, this means that you have not submitted your proof of payment to the Reg and Finance team.

    As stated in our reg policy and in our invoices, the payment phase is not complete until the proof of payment is either uploaded unto your FastRego account or e-mailed to us.

    If you have in fact, submitted the proof of payment but you are dropped from the institution list, e-mail us to rectify the error.

    If you have in fact, made payment but forgot to e-mail us the proof of payment, also e-mail us to rectify the error.

    There is a handful of payments that we have received but we are unable to attribute it to any one of our participants. We will very much require your proof of payment in order to track down your payments.

    Lastly, we understand that many institutions will be e-mailing us with inquiries as well as appeals subsequent to this, we would kindly ask all reps to do so in a calm fashion. We would appreciate your kind understanding that the Reg and Finance team are almost always bombarded with e-mails and that it might take some time for our response to reach you. We truly appreciate your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience the delays might cause you.

    Best wishes,

    Malaysia WUDC 2015 Team

  • Results of the WUDC Scholarship Applications!Open or Close

    Hi all,

    The Scholarship Team is amazed at the wonderful response we have received with over 300 talented individuals sending in their application for the Malaysia Worlds Scholarship Programme. This has generated lengthy discussions amongst the selection panel who are unfortunately tasked with narrowing the list to only 60 deserving applicants to participate in this year’s WUDC.

    Before we release the said list, the Scholarship Team would like to make a remark that reflects on our selection process of the scholarship recipients. There are a significant number of applicants that came from nations that we did not consider to be under-developed debating nations. We recognise that the development of debating within any particular nation may not have been equitable across regions and across institutions. In cases where we are able to accommodate those regions and institutions that have not enjoyed exposure to WUDC, we would be happy to do so. But as a principle in our selection criteria, we will prioritise scholarship applications from nations that do not have a particularly active local debating circuit or from nations that traditionally have been unable to participate in WUDC.

    In relation to that, there were many applicants from nations with an active debating circuit, has hosted a significant regional debating tournament and has traditionally been performing extremely well in WUDC ESL and EFL formats. The Scholarship Team has deemed those nations to not be nations with an underdeveloped debating circuit.

    With that said, the following are successful scholarship recipients under the Malaysia Worlds Scholarship Programme, in alphabetical order:

    Adams Mahama Nasiatu
    Ahmad Muneer Wahidi
    Antonio Asinyo
    Arturo Vallejo Abdala
    Aytaj Ahmadova
    Bahman Shahi
    Bogachenko Pavlo
    Caleb Kudah
    Chelesani Glorious Ndlovu
    Cliff Simataa
    Daniel Cardona
    Dawid Wojciech Bartkowiak
    Dawud Yakubu
    Edwin Gration Muganyizi Sosthenes
    Elody Guadalupe Malpartida Zamora
    Franklin Ubi David
    Ian Michael Forsyth Daneri
    Ivan Mulife Limbo
    Jakub Edmund Szymik
    Janiel Shashana Lambert
    Javid Museyibli
    Jevon Minto
    Johannes Shangadi
    Magdalena Wąwoźna
    Maria Paula Garcia Cortes
    Marietta Asabea Ayisi
    Marius Lukminas
    Metra Mehran
    Mohammad Dawood Safi
    Mohammad Haroon Hillal
    Mohammad Navid Aria
    Natalia Mejía Pardo
    Nompilo J Nkomo
    Nwagha Ugochukwu Emmanuel C.
    Obasenwoyi John Obongha
    Obiyo Daniel Chibuikem
    Ogbuokiri Ifeanyi Valentine
    Ogbuokiri Ugochuwu David
    Oliva Kokutona Kajara
    Oti Osinachi
    Patience Sibanda
    Prizma Ghimire
    Rawill De Jesús Guzmán Rosario
    Rutendo Mazhindu
    Samiksha Neupane
    Samuel Ndungula Ndungula
    Sandesh Adhikari
    Sayed Samim Rohany
    Sert Oleksandr
    Simonas Budreika
    Sithembile Siziba
    Smarika K.C
    Stanisław Stefaniak
    Tatenda,K. Muzamindo
    Thabo Arthur Dube
    Toppoh Iddriss Sajjad
    Uwakwe Ikechukwu Henry
    Víctor Díaz Ferreiras.
    Walid Wardak
    Zwelithini Eugine Xaba

    In the next 24 hours, the above list of applicants will receive an e-mail detailing the amount of scholarship grant they have received. Every individual will receive a significant amount of subsidy but not all will receive full scholarships. In the case where the scholarship recipient would like to reject the scholarship offer, kindly reply as such by the 1st of July 2014 so that we are able to re-allocate the scholarship grant to another applicant.

    Congratulations to all Malaysia Worlds scholars! We look forward to welcoming you to Malaysia!

  • Independent Adjudicators Application OpensOpen or Close

    To the World Debating Community,

    The application form for those wishing to attend Malaysia Worlds 2015 as Independent Adjudicators (including those from institutions who wish to attend in excess of that institution's "N-1" cohort of judges) is now available here: http://goo.gl/Msf6KJ. The form is not just for those who are requesting financial support (i.e. registration waivers or travel expense subsidies), we anticipate awarding a large number of places to individuals who have secured, or are likely to secure, financial support from their universities or other sources. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm of 24 June 2014.

    We emphasise that this is the first of TWO rounds of applications. In early July, we will announce who has been selected as an independent adjudicator for Malaysia Worlds in this round. A second round of applications will open in September, in which we will consider both new applications and those who were not given places/funding in the June round but who still wish to attend the tournament.

    Any questions pertaining to the form or the independent adjudicator application process should be sent to adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com. If any consistent problems or questions arise, we will post clarifications to them in the Malaysia Worlds 2015 facebook page - so also look there for guidance.

    We look forward to receiving your applications. Many thanks,

    The Malaysia Worlds 2015 Adjudication Core
    Shafiq Bazari, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Engin Arıkan, Brett Frazer, Madeline Schultz, Sebastian Templeton, Danique van Koppenhagen

  • WUDC Scholarship Programme - Open for Application!Open or Close

    Malaysia Worlds 2015 is proud to announce the initiation of our WUDC Scholarship Programme that aims to provide speakers from under-represented and under-developed debating nations free access to our tournament. This is a need-based scholarship that is made possible by a RM100,000 grant from the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) that aims to increase the inclusivity of Malaysia Worlds 2015 as well as support the debating communities of those nations.

    Overview

    The Scholarship Programme has reserved 30 team slots to be granted to applicants from under-represented debating communities to enjoy the following benefits:

    (a) Full subsidy of registration fee to attend Malaysia Worlds 2015,
    (b) Full or partial subsidy of travel costs (i.e. flights and visa),
    (c) Free access to a pre-WUDC Debating Workshop, and
    (d) Free access to debate in our pre-Worlds tournament, Kuala Lumpur Open Challenge 2014.

    The main goal of this Scholarship Programme is to strengthen the debating culture of under-developed debating communities and actively encourage their participation within competitive debating. Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to take full use of this opportunity to bring back their experience and learning outcomes to develop their respective debating communities. The Scholarship Programme also aims to increase the diversity within Malaysia Worlds 2015 and foster critical discourse on a more inclusive platform.

    Criteria

    Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
    (a) Financial need of applicants,
    (b) Potential for personal growth of applicants,
    (c) Applicants’ desire to use their experience to help foster development in their respective debating communities, and
    (d) Increasing the pool of diversity in Malaysia Worlds 2015.

    Travel costs will be covered proportionally on the basis of need and according to the available funding of applicants.

    Process

    Interested applicants may download the registration form at the following link:

    http://goo.gl/x9WlWO

    Upon completion, send the completed form to scholarships@malaysiaworlds2015.com along with the applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV) and any other supporting documents that you believe is relevant to your application. Applicants will receive a reply acknowledging receipt of your application.

    Scholarship may only be allocated in team slots. Thus, both speakers of each team must submit their individual application to receive the scholarship allocation.

    The deadline for submission is on 11 June 2014 (Wednesday) at 8pm (GMT +8). No late submissions will be tolerated.

    Results of the application will be posted on 16 June 2014 (Monday).

    Applicants do not have to previously register via the normal registration process for Malaysia Worlds 2015. If your institution has already received an allocation of team slots via the normal registration process, applying for the WUDC Scholarship Programme also does not automatically revoke your allocation of slots.

    Only once you have been successfully granted a scholarship, the Registration Team will remove your previously allocated team slots as we have already reserved slots for Scholarship Teams in the registration list.

    Successful applicants will be given further instructions by the Scholarship Team in moving forward with the Programme.

    Programme

    Scholarship recipients will enjoy a two-day pre-WUDC workshop led and taught by accomplished speakers and trainers. The full list of trainers will be published closer to the tournament date.

    We also structuring the Scholarship Programme to include participation in our local pre-Worlds, the annual Kuala Lumpur Open Challenge 2014 hosted by Asia Pacific University. Registration fee will be borne by the Scholarship Programme. We believe this will be a conducive platform for scholarship recipients to practice the learning outcomes of the workshop.

    For further inquiries on any matter related to our scholarship programme, kindly e-mail our team at malaysiaworlds2015@gmail.com or at malaysiaworlds2015@gmail.com.

  • Final Call for Registered Institutions to Complete the FastRego Phase of RegistrationOpen or Close

    Dear all,

    This is a final reminder to all institution reps to register for Malaysia Worlds via FastRego.

    The registration deadline is on the 25th of May 2014 at 11.59PM (GMT +8), thus institutions have three more days left to complete the process.

    Head on over to http://wudcmalaysia.fastrego.com/ to register. Full instructions on how to do so have been sent to all representatives in past e-mails.

    Listed below are the names of institutions that have been allocated teams in Phase 2 but have not yet completed Phase 3 of registration:

    International Islamic University Malaysia
    Victoria University of Wellington
    Imperial College London
    University of the Philippines - Manila
    Atma Jaya Catholic University
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    Bauman University
    Utrecht University
    Queen's Debating Union
    National University of Singapore
    University College Cork Philosophical Society (UCC-Phil)
    Tilbury House
    Roosevelt Debating Society
    Porto University
    American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)
    Warsaw School of Economics
    Paris 5 Descartes Sorbonne Paris Cité
    Dimitrie Cantemir University
    ASDV Bonaparte
    Beijing Foreign Studies University
    University Malaysia Sabah
    Institute of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Swarthmore College
    University of La Verne
    Texas A&M University Qatar
    Sciences Po - Campus of Le Havre
    Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de México
    Singapore Management University
    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
    University of Edinburgh
    Fergusson College
    SolBridge International School of Business
    Higher School of Economics Nizhniy Novgorod
    University of the Philippines Diliman
    Smith College Debate Society
    University of Saskatchewan
    Government Law College, Mumbai
    Ball State University
    Asian University for Women
    Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak
    Linköping
    Wawasan University
    Mykolas Romeris University (MRU)
    Institute of Chartered Accounts of England And Wales
    University of Detroit Mercy
    Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
    University of Namibia
    Minerva University
    Tshwane University of Technology Garankuwa Campus
    Universitas Jenderal Soedirman
    University of Santo Tomas
    ISM University of Management and Economics (ISM)
    Jahangirnagar University
    University of Zimbabwe
    Stockholm University
    University of Wollongong
    ADA University
    M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology
    Purdue University
    Punjabi University
    Plekhanov REU
    University of Portharcourt
    Khujand State University
    University of Calabar
    Moscow Aviation Institute
    Eötvös Loránd University
    Goethe University
    University of Turku Debating Club
    Kazakh University of Technology and Business
    Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten)
    University of Westminster
    Taylor's University Lakeside Campus
    Universität Heidelberg
    University of the Punjab (Quaid e Azam campus)
    Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe (ITESM CSF)
    University of Windsor
    Mashal Institute of Higher Education
    Coimbra University
    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
    The George Washington University
    Unical Debate Club
    Wageningen University
    Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
    University College Lahore
    Ahmad Dahlan University
    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Punjab Technical University
    University of Bielefeld
    Cross River University of Technology
    Jacobs University Bremen
    Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
    University of Johannesburg
    Xidian University
    Zambia Debating Union
    University of Helsinki
    Qatar University
    RWTH Aachen University
    Copenhagen Business School
    Russian Academy of Justice
    Malmö Högskolan
    Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
    Voronezh Debate Club
    Astana University
    Jönköping University
    Malawi Universities Debate Association (MUDA)
    Hanse Debating Union
    Indian Institute of Technology Khragpur
    SpringBoard
    Financial Academy Kazakhstan
    Kyrgyz National University
    Texas State University
    Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat
    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
    Lisbon University
    Hawaii Pacific University
    Suleyman Demirel University<

    Please be reminded that failure to complete the FastRego phase of registration will result in the forfeiture of allocated team slots to your institution.

    Kindly circulate the above list of institutions to enable us to bring the matter to the attention of all relevant parties.

    For further queries, our team can be contacted via support@fastrego.com and support@fastrego.com. For any tech errors related to the use of FastRego, kindly e-mail support@fastrego.com for troubleshooting assistance.

  • Independent Adjudicator AnnouncementOpen or Close

    Dear WUDC Community,

    On May 24th 2014, we will be opening the first stage of independent adjudicator applications (the 'June round'). Those who wish to attend Malaysia WUDC as an independent adjudicator, whether or not they wish to receive a subsidy from the tournament, will need to apply by June 24th to be considered in this round. We expect to make offers from this pool of applicants by the end of July.

    A second round of applications will occur in September (the September round), and at least RM50,000 worth of funding will be held over for this pool of offers. Applicants who do not receive an offer in the June round of applications will be reconsidered for this round of offers; and may submit an updated application. We will also consider new applications from those who did not apply in the June round.

    This two-wave application process will allow us to more efficiently allocate adjudicator funding by enabling individuals who are willing to commit to coming to Malaysia Worlds early to receive confirmations of funding at a time when they can book cheaper flights. We anticipate allocating a total of RM200,000 in funding, to cover both registration waivers and travel subsidies for successful applicants.

    We intend to make offers for travel subsidies to applicants in Malaysian ringgit. Subsidies will be available in cash from the first day of the tournament (December 27th 2014), and ringgit can be readily exchanged for a variety of other currencies at banks and local airports in and outside Malaysia. If you believe that receiving your subsidy in ringgit at the tournament would be practically unworkable in your specific circumstances, we request that you let us know in your application.

    Please note that we are not directly offering adjudicator spots in excess of n-1 to institutions. Instead, if your institution wishes to send more than n-1 judges, these judges should apply in one of the rounds of independent adjudicator applications, indicating that they have an institution willing to fund their place. This means that we will have a large number of independent adjudicator spots to offer, many of which will be offered without funding. We very much encourage individuals who will not require funding as adjudicators, because their institution is willing to fund them, to apply.

    The application form will be released for the June round on May 24th. We look forward to welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur in December!

    If you have further questions, please email adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com.

    Regards,

    Jonathan Leader-Maynard, Shafiq Bazari, Danique van Koppenhagen, Sebastian Templeton, Engin Arikan, Brett Frazer and Madeline Schultz

  • Phase 3 of Registration Closes on the 25th of May 2014Open or Close

    To all institutional representatives,

    Please note that we have launched Phase 3 of Registration which requires all institutions to register once again via FastRego. This should only be done if your institution has successfully registered during Phase 2. To confirm the status of your registration in Phase 2, kindly refer to the following list: http://goo.gl/gMyoE7

    To do so, log in to your FastRego account at the following link: http://wudcmalaysia.fastrego.com/

    If you do not previously have a FastRego account, below is a step-by-step instructional on how to set up a registration account with FastRego:

    (1) Go to the above link.
    (2) Click on the "Sign up" below the Login form if you haven't already created an account, sign in if you have already created the account for previous tournaments. The following steps are for those who are yet to set up their FastRego account.
    (3) Fill in your name, a valid email address (this will be used for account confirmation), a valid phone number that we can use to reach you, and password and sign up for an account by clicking the 'Sign Up' button.
    (4) If you have provided a valid email address, you will receive an email that asks you to confirm your account with FastRego. Click on that link to confirm your account.
    (5) You will be signed in to FastRego, and asked to proceed to the institution list to set yourself as the team manager for an institution.
    (6) If your institution's name appears on this list, click on the 'Add team manager' link to the right of your institution's name, and add yourself as the team manager.
    (7) If your institution's name does not appear on the list, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Click here to add your institution now" link. Fill in the details on this page to add a new institution to the institutions list and then add yourself as the team manager of this institution.
    (8) You will be directed to a page where you can record the number of teams, adjudicators and observers your institution requested (we will check to ensure that you recorded the same numbers that you sent us during registration).
    (9) We will update your allocation as per our allocation list published online.

    We hope the instructions were sufficiently clear. If you require assistance on the matter, kindly e-mail registration@malaysiaworlds2015.com for further guidance.

    As we are launching Phase 3 of Registration behind schedule, we will be extending the registration deadline until the 25th of May 2014 (Sunday). Institutions who fail to abide by the deadline will be forfeiting their team slots.

  • Alternative Communication Medium for Institution RepsOpen or Close

    Hi all,

    Our team has received feedback from institution reps surrounding the inability of their server to receive e-mails from our designated e-mail address.

    Unfortunately, this has been the cause of many delays in communication and we sincerely apologise for that.

    In order to address this issue, we have introduced an alternative G-mail e-mail address for your correspondence with the Malaysia Worlds Org Comm.

    We are contactable via the following address: malaysiaworlds2015@gmail.com. All future e-mails will be sent through the G-mail server.

    Kindly note that our previous e-mail addresses are still working and are interchangeable with the above e-mail address. If you have been receiving e-mails from the Org Comm, you are not required to switch your correspondence to the new e-mail address.

    We will be re-sending our last few notifications to institution representatives. If you are affected by the delay in communication in any way possible, do not hesitate to e-mail us at the above address and we will accommodate your concerns to the best of our abilities.

  • Announcement of Team AllocationsOpen or Close

    Hi all,

    We'd like to thank the global debating community for your interest in Malaysia Worlds 2015. The much awaited registration list is ready - you will find the link below.

    http://goo.gl/gMyoE7

    We have made an initial allocation of 410 teams in accordance with our registration policy as well as an allocation of 233 adjudicators.

    The adj spots have been allocated to the institutions that are most likely to receive an additional team in the future and thus send adjudicators to meet their N-1 requirements. Therefore, they are also allocated according to the registration priority list.

    If any data has been recorded incorrectly, we'd urge institution representatives to contact our Registration Team at registration@malaysiaworlds2015.com to request for any relevant amendments.

    There are a number of institutions that are highlighted within the list, this means that we require clarification from you regarding several key registration details. Institutional reps have been contacted by our Registration Team in the last 48 hours to make those clarifications.

    With that said, we will be launching Phase 3 of Registration which is FastRego Registration very soon. All successfully registered institutions are required to make an account via FastRego as soon as the system is set up.

    An e-mail has been sent to all institution reps detailing the above information as well as instructions on how to set up a FastRego account for institutions who are unfamiliar with the system. However, the system is not yet ready to accept a large flow of registration at the present time. We will be notifying institution reps when Phase 3 of Registration begins.

    All invoices, payment details as well as the general invitation letter will be sent out to institution reps in the next 24 hours.

    We'd like to thank every one for the wonderful response and as always, our team is ready to assist as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact convenor@malaysiaworlds2015.com or registration@malaysiaworlds2015.com for further inquiries.

  • Registration Opens!Open or Close

    The much anticipated registration for Malaysia Worlds 2015 is now officially open.


    Please register your institution at the following link:
    http://goo.gl/GMuFhk

    Registration will remain open until 19 April 2014 at 10am Malaysian time (GMT +8).
    The clean list of successfully registered institutions will be released as soon as possible but no later than 23 April 2014.

    For any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to e-mail our team at registration@malaysiaworlds2015.com

  • Registration Opens On 16 April 2014Open or Close

    Dear World Debating Community,

    Malaysia Worlds 2015 will officially open registration on 16 April 2014 (Wednesday) at 10am (UTC/GMT +8).

    Overview

    The Malaysia Worlds 2015 team is happy to affirm (as was promised at Chennai Worlds 2014) that our tournament team cap will be expanded to 440 teams in total. Out of which, 30 team slots will be reserved for teams applying under our WUDC Scholarship Programme. Thus, we will be allocating 410 team slots for Malaysia Worlds 2015.

    The registration fee for each debater and adjudicator is set at EUR380 per person and for each observer is set at EUR800 per person. Payment details will be made available on our website in the near future.

    Registration Timeline

    Phase 1: Pre-Registration (until 14 April)

    The following document is the data compilation of:
    (a) all of the institutions who have attended any of the prior 3 WUDCs; and
    (b) the number of teams those institutions have broken, in any language category, during those 3 years.

    This document will determine the position of your institution in the waiting list for team allocations. Thus, we ask for all institutions to review the document and inform our team if there are any mistakes in the data compilation.

    You may access the document at this link: http://goo.gl/nDnyRH

    Please send the Registration Team an e-mail addressing those errors at registration@malaysiaworlds2015.com. The deadline to inform us if there are any corrections will be on 14 April 2014 (Monday).

    Phase 2: Initial Google Doc Registration (16 April – 19 April)

    The first phase of registration will be done via Google Docs. This is because its unlimited server capacity is best fitted to handle the concentration of registration attempts made once registration opens.

    The Google Doc Registration Form will be made live on 16 April 2014 (Wednesday) at 10am (UTC/GMT +8) and will remain open for 72 hours. Registration will officially close on 19 April 2014 at 10am (UTC/GMT +8).

    Initial registration results will be posted as soon as we possibly can but no later than 23 April 2014 (Wednesday). Payment invoices along with payment details will be sent to all institutional representatives on the same day.

    Phase 3: FastRego Registration (until 5 May)

    All institutions will have been informed of their registration status by the commencement of this phase and will be required to register an account on FastRego by 5 May 2014 (Monday). A registration link will be provided on our website along with the initial registration results.

    Teams that fail to complete this phase will be forfeiting their registration slots.

    Phase 4: Payment Deposit (until 30 May)

    A deposit of 50% of the total registration fees has to be made by 30 May 2014 (Friday). Institutions may also opt to make the full registration fee payment as well. This payment phase is only considered complete upon uploading a proof of transfer unto the institution's FastRego account. Failure to complete this phase before the stated deadline will result in the forfeiture of the institution's registration slots.

    Any institution allocated a place after 30 May 2014 will have until 20 June 2014 to pay their deposits.

    Phase 5: Full Payment (until 25 July)

    Full payment will be required by 25 July 2014 (Friday). Any institution that has not paid in full will forfeit any of their unpaid places and may lose their deposits.

    Any institution allocated a place after 25 July will have until 22 August 2014 (Friday) to make the full payment. Phase 6: Participants’ Details (until 31 October)

    All participants will have until the 31 October 2014 (Friday) to fill in their personal details (on FastRego) which includes their dietary requirements, travel details, rooming preferences or risk not having any of their preferences catered to during the period of the tournament.

    Registration Policy

    As per Council ratification, the registration policy of Malaysia Worlds 2015 will operate on the balance of achieving diversity and ensuring the competitive quality of WUDC.

    (a) Diversity: We aim to allocate one team slot to every institution in the registration list before we begin to allocate second teams.

    (b) Quality: A "Registration Priority" List based on the competitive strength of institutions in the past 3 WUDCs will be formed. Teams will be allocated in accordance to that list.

    Institutions on the list will be prioritised based on the average number of teams from that institution that has made the break in any language category over the past 3 WUDCs.

    Institutions with the same average will be ordered within that group by random.

    A host institution of WUDC will have their performance averaged for 2 out of the past 3 years so as to exempt them from competition on the year they hosted WUDC.

    In tandem with Chennai WUDC's registration policy, we would also like to similarly implement the following elements into our registration policy:

    (1) Institutions with an average that is higher than 0.00 (i.e. institutions that have broken at least one team in the past 3 WUDCs) will receive their second team and institutions with an average of higher than 1.50 will receive their third team before institutions with an average of 0.00 receives a second team.

    This policy reflects the commitment towards increasing the competitive quality of WUDC. For institutions that have broken an average of 1.5 teams or greater, at least half of their delegation from the past 3 years has broken at WUDC. We think these institutions are highly likely to bring third teams that would significantly add to the quality of the competition.

    (2) Institutions that have not sent any teams to participate in the past 3 WUDCs are limited to the allocation of 1 team during registration. This is because all institutions with an average of 0.00 (i.e. institutions that have not broken a team at any of the past 3 WUDC) will have an equal chance of being ranked at the top of their group. Given this fact, we believe that institutions that have shown a commitment to WUDC and regularly attended WUDC should be prioritised for a second team allocation over brand new institutions. Having stated that, these new institutions may still request for more than one team but will only receive a second team allocation if the entire waiting list has been exhausted.

    For the purposes of clarity and for a better understanding on how the above allocation system will operate, institutions may observe the following categories of allocation priority:

    Institutions with a break average of 1.5 and higher – Bracket A Priority Institutions with a break average of above 0.00 – Bracket B Priority Institutions with a break average of 0.0 that has attended any of the past 3 WUDCs – Bracket C Priority Institutions with a break average of 0.0 that has not attended any of the past 3 WUDCs – Bracket D Priority

    The following document has been drafted to demonstrate how the registration system allocates teams based on the above categories:

    http://goo.gl/oSRviO

    Registration Form

    All institutions can request up to 3 teams on the registration form. The remaining number of teams that are not granted will be placed on the waiting list.

    Malaysia Worlds 2015 will enforce an n-1 judging requirement. This means that any institution that sends 2 teams must also send 1 judge and any institution that sends 1 team is not required to send an institutional judge.

    However, institutions will be able to note on the registration form if they wish to send additional judges, should they wish to do so. Your request will be catered to after the registration process has been completed and after we have ascertained our capacity to accommodate more institutional judges.

    Independent Judges

    Individuals that are not affiliated with an institution and want to attend Malaysia Worlds 2015 can apply to do so at a later date. Further details will be available on our website at a later date.

    WUDC Scholarship Programme

    Applications for scholarship will tentatively open on 5 May 2014 (Monday). We will establish a separate Scholarship Committee to disseminate information regarding the application process and guidelines. Details will be made available in the near future.

    "Come-and-Watch" Packages

    Courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Worlds 2015 will also have a tourism partnership program for friends and families of participants to join in on the fun! We will providing "Come-and-Watch" packages for interested applicants to observe the tournament portion of Malaysia Worlds for a few days before they embark on a full-fledged Malaysian holiday. The packages will be comprised of several holiday options for you to choose from at very affordable prices as well as access to the tournament to watch your friends or families in action. More information will be made available on our website in the future.

    For any further inquiries or questions, please do not hesitate to direct them to convenor@malaysiaworlds2015.com.

  • Announcement of DCAs!Open or Close

    Dear World Debating Community,


    We are delighted to be announcing the following individuals as the selected Deputy Chief Adjudicators for Malaysia Worlds 2015:

    -  Danique Van Koppenhagen
    -  Sebastian Templeton
    -  Engin Arikan
    -  Brett Frazer
    -  Madeline Schultz

    Congratulations to the above applicants and commiserations to those who were not selected. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the applicants for their participation and to everyone who contributed feedback to this process.

    We were highly impressed with the quality of the applications we received and the extensive feedback provided by the debating community has made our decisions even more difficult. But we trust that the outstanding individuals selected will make for an excellent adjudication team and we greatly look forward to the opportunity to work with them for Malaysia Worlds 2015.

    Best regards,

    Shafiq Bazari

    Jonathan Leader Maynard
    Chief Adjudicators, Malaysia Worlds 2015

  • New Updates!Open or Close

    Dear World Debating Community,


    We are pleased to bring you another round of updates from the Malaysia Worlds 2015 Organising Committee!

    1. Official Airline Partner

    We have officially signed an agreement with One World Alliance to become the Official Airline of Malaysia Worlds 2015.

    The following participating airlines will offer all prospective participants a range of travel discounts from 5% to 25% for return tickets to Malaysia on the travel dates of Malaysia Worlds 2015:

    -  Malaysia Airlines
    -  British Airways
    -  American Airlines
    -  Qatar Airways
    -  Qantas
    -  Cathay Pacific
    -  Japan Airlines
    -  Air Berlin
    -  Finnair
    -  Iberia
    -  LAN Airlines
    -  Royal Jardanian
    -  S7 Airlines

    All of these airlines collectively serves 850 departure spots to Malaysia covering over 150 countries in 6 continents. Three out of only six airlines in the world that has received the 5-star rating by SKYTRAX are in the One World Alliance.

    Successfully registered teams will be provided a promotional code which must be used at the point of purchase to gain access to the provisioned travel discounts. Our Travel Officer at travel@malaysiaworlds2015.com will oversee and assist participants in this process. The same contact point will be used to assist participants who require immigration assistance.

    2. Official Hotel

    The extraordinary Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be the Official Hotel of Malaysia Worlds 2015 and we will be housing all of our participants in the same hotel.

    This 5-star hotel boasts one of the largest living spaces you can find in Malaysian hotels as all standard rooms are accompanied by its own living room. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and within short walking distance to the monorail station, Berjaya Times Square Hotel will provide our participants great access to many local attractions.

    It is also directly connected to the colossal Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall which is the 13th largest shopping mall in the world. It is a massive 7.5 million-sq ft shopping mall that houses an indoor theme park, cinemas, spa facilities, great food and over 1,000 shoplots that will provide for the best Malaysian shopping experience under one roof. It is also in walking distance to great tourist spots such as the Bintang Walk, the Petronas Twin Tower and the Actors’ Studio.

    3. Tournament Venue

    We have been able to relocate our tournament venue to a newer UT MARA campus located in Puncak Alam. With brand-new, spacious and fully air-conditioned facilities; we are able to provide all of our participants a much more pleasant experience during the preliminary rounds.

    With five buildings spanning 200 classrooms all connected to each other, participants will enjoy a shorter walking distance to their debate rooms without having to step outside of the building. The location is easy to navigate and one runner will be assigned to each room to ensure that no participant will have to waste away time in locating their debate rooms.

    4. Malaysia Night in Chennai

    The Organising Team is fresh off a visit to Chennai and would like to thank the Chennai WUDC Team for their help and hospitality during our stay.

    We have finalised the arrangements for Malaysia Night and we are happy to announce that it will take place in the luxurious 5-star Le Royal Meridien Hotel.

    Over twenty different finger-food dishes will be served, including specialty Malaysian cuisine. There will also be a free-flow serving of all kinds of beverages throughout the night. Malaysia Night merchandises will be distributed as well as booths that allow participants to take part in local custom will be set up to give everyone a uniquely Malaysian experience.

    In the near future, the ratification report by our team will be made available for online circulation and will be distributed during Pre-Council at Chennai Worlds as well.

    For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me at convenor@malaysiaworlds2015.com. Visit our website www.malaysiaworlds2015.com, our Facebook page “Malaysia Worlds 2015” or our Twitter account @MalaysiaWorlds2015 to follow our updates!

  • Call for Feedback on DCA Applicants!Open or Close
    Malaysia Worlds 2015

    World Universities Debating Championships Deputy Chief Adjudicators
    Call for Feedback - Malaysia Worlds 2015
    Feedback Deadline: 11.59pm, 30th November 2013

     

    Dear all,


    We are pleased to announce that the following fourteen people have applied to be considered for the position of Deputy Chief Adjudicator at Malaysia Worlds 2015. We are now asking the world debating community to submit feedback, regarding the suitability of these candidates for the position of WUDC Deputy Chief Adjudicator:

    - Engin Arikan (Middle East/Africa)
    - Sarah Balakrishnan (The Americas)
    - Brett Frazer (The Americas)
    - Paul Gross (The Americas)
    - Paul Karp (Australasia)
    - Ngcwele Khumalo (Middle East/Africa)
    - Dessislava Kirova (Continental Europe)
    - Buzz Klinger (The Americas)
    - Danique van Koppenhagen (Continental Europe)
    - Romeo Maione (The Americas)
    - Paidamwoyo Mangondo (Middle East/Africa)
    - Arlán A. Narváez-Vaz R. (The Americas)
    - Madeline Jennifer Schultz (Australasia)
    - Sebastian Templeton (Australasia)

    To make our selections effectively, we need the help of the world debating community to gather as much meaningful feedback as possible. As such, we wish to encourage all who may have useful feedback to send it to us at adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com. Feedback should be fair-minded, and relevant: informing us of candidates abilities to fulfill the role of DCA with excellence. Ideally feedback should make reference to the abilities referred to in our original call for applications, namely: organizational ability, motion-setting, debate adjudication, knowledge of and ability to bring judges from their debating circuit to worlds and skills at supporting debating development.

    There is no form for feedback - please just send your comments with the subject heading "Feedback" to adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com. Please ensure that it is abundantly clear which of the candidates you are offering individual pieces of feedback on. All feedback will be treated as strictly confidential - only we, as the tournament's chief adjudicators, will ever read it.

    We are excited to have such a high quality pool of candidates for the post of DCA, though it leaves us with some extremely difficult decisions to make. The deadline for feedback is 11.59pm, 30th November. We will announce our selections, on www.malaysiaworlds2015.com and the Malaysia Worlds facebook page, in the first week of December.

    Many thanks,

    Shafiq Bazari

    Jonathan Leader Maynard
    Chief Adjudicators, Malaysia Worlds 2015

  • Call For DCA Applications!Open or Close

    World Universities Debating Championships Deputy Chief Adjudicators
    Call for Applications - Malaysia Worlds 2015
    Submission Deadline: 31st October 2013

    Dear all,


    We are pleased to inform the World Debating Community that applications for the positions of Deputy Chief Adjudicator at Malaysia Worlds 2015 are now open.

    We hope to select our DCAs from a large pool of applications, and therefore strongly encourage applications from all who believe they would be able to fill the role of a Worlds DCA with excellence. In general, candidates should:

    1. Be able to commit to being at the tournament, and to travel to Malaysia shortly before its formal start date.
    2. Have excellent organizational ability – the capacity to help with the running of the competition and the ability to work well as part of a team.
    3. Be skilled at motion-setting - coming up with interesting and fair motions and critiquing motions (including their own).
    4. Possess considerable adjudication experience – DCAs should be good adjudicators, able to make correct decisions and provide high-quality feedback to participants.
    5. Have broad, current and non-prejudicial knowledge of their regional debating circuit, and be able to encourage quality adjudicators to attend Malaysia Worlds 2015.
    6. Be willing to support debating development – continuing the legacy set by past worlds, it is our intention to offer training workshops and a scholarship programme in the run-up to Malaysia Worlds 2015, and to support regional debating circuits in promoting the spread of debating to new countries. As such we would value applicants who would participate enthusiastically in such efforts (see application form for more details).

    Because being a good DCA typically requires extensive experience of international debating, we would generally expect applicants to have broken as a speaker or a judge at an international tournament. This is not, however, an absolute precondition.

    We guarantee a diverse adjudication core, and guarantee that at least one DCA will have a background in ESL or EFL debating. Our intention is to appoint:

    1. One DCA from Continental Europe
    2. One DCA from Africa or the Middle East
    3. One DCA from the Americas
    4. One DCA from Australasia

    We may, in addition, appoint as an additional DCA the individual submitting the strongest application we receive who is not selected via slots 1-4, regardless of their regional background.

    Unlike our promises to ensure AdjCore diversity, and ESL/EFL representation, this planned allocation of DCA slots is not an absolute guarantee, but it is a serious statement of our intentions. In accordance with promises made at Berlin Worlds Council 2013, we feel it is important for Chief Adjudicators to appoint the best possible AdjCore for WUDC, and if we receive a dearth of applications meeting the DCA criteria from a region, it would be a breach of that duty to appoint someone regardless. But we do not expect such a circumstance to occur - every region in world debating has numerous individuals who could be quality Worlds DCAs, and if they apply, we will be able to produce the AdjCore structure outlined above. Importantly, these intentions should not deter applicants from other regions (e.g. ‘IONA’ or Asia) from submitting applications.

    To apply, please fill in and email a completed application form (available for download here) to adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com. Applications will close at 11.59pm (GMT) on 31st October 2013.

    As with previous Worlds, we will be soliciting feedback on applicants from the World Debating Community. The feedback period will open at the start of November, when we post the list of applicants, and will run until November 21st. We will announce our selections shortly thereafter.

    If you have any questions about any aspect of the DCA’s role or application procedure, please contact us at adjcore@malaysiaworlds2015.com.

    Best wishes,

    Shafiq Bazari

    Jonathan Leader Maynard
    Chief Adjudicators, Malaysia Worlds 2015

  • Welcome To Malaysia Worlds 2015 !Open or Close

    Dear World Debating Community,


    It is my pleasure to present to you UT MARA's bid for the World Universities Debating Championship 2015!

    For the longest time, UT MARA has contemplated the possibility of hosting Worlds and the prospect of it scares us. However, when the university has pledged unwavering support for its hosting, when the government has undertaken the obligation to fully sponsor its operations and when the entire Debating Society vows to commit their heart and soul into its organization; these daunting responsibilities have become exciting milestones.

    We are eager to provide you with the finest food, accommodation and social venues that Malaysia has to offer. We are placing Malaysia Worlds 2015 across three of the greatest cities in Malaysia – Subang, Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur. With an exceptionally diverse Malaysian culture, extraordinary Malaysian cuisine and amazing locations to be unearthed; we are raring to amaze the world debating community of our finds.

    We are an experienced unit with the hosting of UT MARA Australs 2007 and UT MARA Australs 2013 as well as the four tournament that we unfailingly host every year. Yet we are constantly learning and are preparing to bring you the best, in time for Malaysia Worlds 2015.

    Malaysia is home to a vibrant and ever-growing debating community with new institutions coming forth every debate season and every available weekend being dominated by a debating tournament. Debate fatigue reaches a new height in Malaysia with an aggregate of forty-five tournaments just in 2012. But with this colossal following, many of these local institutions do not have the means to participate in Worlds with only a handful of institutions partaking in every other installation of Worlds. Malaysia Worlds 2015 would provide an invaluable opportunity for the local community to not only participate; but watch the world's greatest debaters or even volunteer to be part of this exceptional experience.

    With the trust of the debating community, UT MARA is determined not to disappoint and to deliver on our promises. We hope to have you on board for Malaysia Worlds 2015!

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