OUDS provides a forum to debate topical issues affecting New Zealand and the World

Whether it's debating at the Commerce building, competing in national and international tournaments, drinking at local bars or carving up the local karaoke stage at Vivace, we can guarantee there's something for everyone at the society.

Founded in June 1878, Otago University Debating Society (OUDS) is the oldest student organisation at the University of Otago. We host regular events to promote debating at both the University of Otago and schools in the Otago region, and compete at national and international tournaments.

We cater to novice debaters and seasoned veterans alike, with plenty of opportunity to learn from some of the best debaters in New Zealand and to take part in a variety of debating events. As well as the chance to develop strong debating skills, OUDS also offers an extremely friendly environment in which you can get to know a variety of people and enjoy a wide range of social occasions.

Interested? In semester time, we meet in the Business School, every Tuesday at 6.00pm, and would love to see you there.

You can contact us by emailing oudspresident@gmail.com, or by finding us on Facebook - just search for 'otago debating'.