About WSDC Malaysia
The Ministry of Education Malaysia is the formal Team Manager of the national debate team as recognised by WSDC. Historically, Team Malaysia only attended WSDC when the conditions permitted it.
Beginning in 2011, the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking was given the mandate to manage and train the national team, where Team Malaysia became a staple competitor at WSDC.
In 2019, Nous Academy & Events was given the mandate to train and manage the national team where a team of first-timers ranked seventh at WSDC and ended as Octofinalists.
Nous Academy subsequently transitioned Team Malaysia to a newfound organisation named the Malaysian World School Debate Education Society (MWSDES), a non-profit organisation that would be continuing the good work from the foundations set by its predecessors. The year 2020 marked an era of new beginnings for Team Malaysia as MWSDES was given the long-term mandate to manage and train the national debate team.
Team Malaysia has gone from strength to strength in the last 11 years. Team Malaysia has broken into elimination rounds a total of 9 times. In 2015, Team Malaysia broke its ceiling for the first time by being the Quarterfinalists of the WSDC, and broke yet another ceiling by ranking 1st in the whole world in 2018. In the last 3 years, Team Malaysia has reached the Quarterfinals consecutively.
Team Malaysia Squad
The Future Squad contains young debaters with the potential to qualify as members of the Challenger Squad in future years. A Future Squad member must be from 14 to 16 years old. Every year we select between 10-12 individuals to be a part of the Future Squad.
Why Apply for WSDC?
Recognition by the Ministry of Education as the national debate team representatives of Malaysia
Fully funded participation to competitions as Team Malaysia on a monthly basis
Strong support systems for your competitive journey
Friendships that last you a lifetime and an experience that sets you apart from your peers!
Free consistent training by accomplished coaches
Access to high-quality debate resources
Global networking with highly-competitive peers
How do I apply as an adjudicator for MWSDES events?Fill out the application form with all your credentials! For each competition we host, you may complete a Quick Apply process on our website which will only require you to confirm your round-by-round availability.
What qualifications do I need to apply as an adjudicator?There is no strict requirement on what credentials are required! You will be asked to detail your top achievements in debating and adjudicating. The CAP will be tasked to determine the top applicants for each competition.
What if i am not available to adjudicate every round?You may indicate your round-by-round availability in the application form! You will be compensated according to the number of rounds judged. However, please note that the CAP may view applications more favourably if judges indicate that they are able to adjudicate all rounds.
When will i be notified if my application is successful?You will be contacted via email at least 3 days before the competition, or as early as 2 weeks before the competition day!
How do i secure a position as a member of CAP, or as Team Malaysia's judge in this process?In your user profile, you may indicate your interest to volunteer yourself as a potential CAP for MWSDES events, or as our national team judge at WSDC. Adjudicators who consistently perform well at MWSDES events will be contacted by our team to offer them future opportunities as a CAP or as our national team judge.
EligibilityYou must have reached your 14th birthday, and you must not have reached your 20th birthday on July 2024. You must have been a full-time student in Malaysia in 2023 or you will be a full-time student in Malaysia in 2024. Non-Malaysians may apply as long as you are enrolled in a Malaysian school. You must not be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a tertiary institution. If you are enrolled in a post-secondary or a pre-tertiary program at a tertiary institution, you must not represent said tertiary institution as a debater in varsity competitions.
Passion & AmbitionA love and vigour for debating is what will motivate our Team Malaysia members to push the extra mile and persevere!
CollaborationWSDC is a team sport, and we want our national team members to become a part of a strong support system.
DedicationDebating at the highest level in the world will require a significant time commitment, so Team Malaysia members will need to dedicate themselves to a consistent schedule of training and competition.
SportsmanshipTeam Malaysia will be representing our country and demonstrate a strong level of professionalism, sportsmanship and respect for our opponents.
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Complete the online application form by submitting your personal details, debate accomplishments and complete a critical thinking essay.
Compete in the Open Tryouts if you do not have the debate accomplishments necessary to move on to the final selections.
The Top 60 candidates will compete in the Final Selections whereby the Challenger Squad and the Future Squad will be selected.
A select number of individuals will pass and complete in the Final Selections based on the strength of their online application.
Individuals who have been accepted into former iterations of Team Malaysia will automatically qualify to the final selections, and will only need to fill in their personal details.
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