Compostela Debate Tournament

The Compostela Debate Tournament is jointly organised by the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the University of Pécs.

It is an online activity to train CGU students in debating techniques to help them in their professional development and future career, regardless of their academic background.

The second online training course runs from 7 to 11 November 2022.


With the online Compostela Debate Tournament, CGU students are expected to develop and improve their public speaking skills, learn to formulate and structure their critical thinking, public speaking and debating skills.

Target group

This training activity is aimed at bachelor, master and doctoral students from CGU’s member universities.

Deadlines and dates of the activity

15 October 2022. Deadline for applications.

Last week of October 2022. Publication of the list of selected students.

7 – 11 November 2022. Compostela Debate Tournament.

Tuition fee

This is a free training course for the students of the CGU member universities.

Working language and modality

The course is conducted entirely in English and online, through Microsoft Teams.

Academic recognition

Students who pass the course will receive a diploma of recognition.

The following higher education institutions recognise the participation of their students with credits:

  • The University of Pécs. 3 ECTS.
  • The University of Lleida. 3 ECTS.
  • The University of Burgos. 1 ECTS.

In others, this recognition is linked to specific degrees and centres:

  • Degree in English Studies from the University of Zaragoza. 1 ECTS.
  • Faculties of Social Sciences and College of Liberal Arts of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. 1 academic credit.


Participants learn to argue by practising, individually and in groups, the techniques of British parliamentary debate, the basics of rhetoric, the fundamentals of public speaking and everything a speaker needs to know to connect with their audience persuasively and convincingly.

A special part of the programme includes an online debate tournament where both written arguments and real debate speeches are presented.

The tournament is conducted by internationally renowned debate experts.

Full programme.

Promotional flyers

Promotional brochure of the Summer School of the University of Pécs.

Resolution of the call for applications

The University of Pécs Summer School team is in charge of communicating by email the selection to the students and being in direct contact with the selected group for all matters concerning the course. For this reason, students are asked to keep an eye on their inboxes and junk mail in their messaging system.

The CGU publishes the lists of the profiles of the selected students, the participating students and the students who passsed the course:

 Profile of the students who passed the 2022 call of the Compostela Debate Tournament.

 Profile of the students participating in the 2022 call of the Compostela Debate Tournament.

 Profile of the student selected to participate in the 2022 call of the Compostela Debate Tournament.


Application for participation

CGU students interested in participating must complete an online application form by 15 October 2022, where they are asked to upload the following documentation:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • English language certificate.

Application form. Closed call.


Criteria for selection

  • English language certificate.
  • Letter of motivation.
  • Diversity of participants (universities, gender and geographical ratio).

Contact data

For any questions, the CGU team is available at, and the team of the Summer School of the University of Pécs is available at

Academic contacts at the member universities

The Executive Secretariat of the CGU launched a consultation with its member universities inviting them to nominate a person as an academic contact for the activity. These academic contacts will assist students at their institutions in the process of credit recognition.

The information received is published below.

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Dr Pamela Lastres Dammert. Professor of Logic, Epistemology and Legal Argumentation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

University of Burgos

Dr Sergio Pérez Castaños. Vice-Secretary General of the University of Burgos.

University of Lleida

Dr Lourdes Salomón Sancho. Professor of Roman Law at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Tourism.

Zaragoza University

Dr Ramón Plo Alastrué. Professor of Academic English in the Department of English and German Philology of the University of Zaragoza.

Testimonials of the 2021 edition

Gabriela Meléndez

University of Piura (Peru)

“Participating in the online Compostela Debate Tournament was an enriching experience because of the knowledge I gained as well as the multicultural environment. Although it was challenging since we had to debate a language in which I was not a native speaker, I would recommend all students to take this opportunity.”

Angela Quispe

National University of San Marcos (Peru)

“Participating in the Compostela Debate Tournament has been a meaningful and enriching experience. Not only have I acquired both knowledge and skills that will be useful in my professional development, but also I could get in touch with cultures from the other side of the world, and learn from them as well.”

Manuel Fernández Míguez

University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

“I think this online course has helped me improve my English vocabulary and my speaking skills. I had a good time with my peers and I personally believe that Debate tournaments are fun hobbies.”

Yufan Song

University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

“This program managed to deliver us the most up-to-date knowledge of debate and all the accompanying skills we need. Most importantly, opened the door of dialogue for us, which is the cornerstone of growth in today’s world.”

Almendra Chumpitaz Contreras

National University of San Marcos (Peru)

“I am a believer that practice makes you perfect. Many thanks to the opportunity given by the Compostela Debate Tournament. I sharpened my debate skills, every class was truly motivational and practical. I liked the dynamics of the groups where I could meet partners from around the globe with the same passion for debate. Every member of the Compostela Debate Tournament showed commitment and generosity, I felt like home.”


The Compostela Debate Tournament is jointly organised by the University of Pécs and the Compostela Group of Universities.

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