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USP Solomons holds successful debate

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School of Law (red) and School of Management (blue) with Dr. David Mapuru (back-left) and Ms. Paulini (back-right)

Approximately 400 students and staff members of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Solomon Islands Campus gathered for a pioneering debate competition which was won by the School of Management on 25 September 2019.

The Student Learning Support (SLS) funded and organised this event with the debate topic: ‘Is Federal Government System a future for Solomon Islands?’ proposed in alignment with the current political situation.

Debaters from the School of Management affirmatively argued on the proposition against their strong opposition from School of Law.

Dr. David Mapuru, Lecturer and Moderator of the event has demonstrated a spectacular role in stabilising the heat during this rivalry with timely alarms to alert each debater on their respective ‘timeouts’.

The four-member well qualified panel of jury from Solomon Islands National University (SINU) scrutinised fair and just decisions to declare the victorious Team for 2019 USPSI Debate Competition and the outstanding debater.

The main trophy generously sponsored by Azimuth Surveys Limited, who is owned by USP alumnus Mr. Alfred Sowaki, will remain on campus and be challenged in every Debate competition. The name of the winning team will be engraved on the trophy.

In addition both teams (School of Management & School of Law) exhibited great oratorical skills. They put in tremendous effort to showcase their hidden talent and displayed confidence in presenting their arguments before the audience and the panel of eminent juries namely Dr. Michael Ha’apio, George Eric, Vincent Naomae and Bernard Bataanazia.

The ‘Azimuth Surveys Limited Trophy’ was presented to them by the Juries. TEAM SOM included Isaac William Barley, Alfred Saba, Christina Kakai Kaumae, Gloria Kate Sukaria and Jemma P. Ausuta.

School of Law (SOL) received consolation prizes in the contest with ‘Certificate of Participation’ given to all participants. Team SOL included Micky Iaga, Joasj Saefo’oa, Jerome Buamae, Olga Toata Junior and Alick Peter.

Isaac William Barley from School of Management bagged the best debater award.

Vote of thanks was moved by Event Coordinator Ms Paulini Tamaniniuve (SLS). The day concluded on a joyous note with refreshment and entertainment by Mountain Bluez Vocalists. 

This news item was published on 15 Oct 2019 05:14:45 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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