Academic debate is a highly regarded extra-curricular activity in the United States, as it develops a multiplicity of virtues in students — confidence, courage, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, clear communication, leadership and team spirit. Besides academic and personal growth, debate also gives students a significant edge in college admissions.
With generous support from Society for Cultivating Innovators
and Innovation Method Society
in China, Dipont launched National High School Academic Debate Tournament — a public forum style English-medium debate tournament in 2012 and attracted 1,000+ debaters from high schools across China. With popularity of academic debate on the rise, the 2013-14 season proudly accommodated more than 2,000 participants, making it the largest English-medium debate program in China.