The Otago University Debating Society is the oldest, and one of the most transformative, clubs at the University of Otago. We were established in 1878, going on to form the Otago University Students Association in 1890 so that the students of Otago could have a stronger voice. We regularly compete across New Zealand and the world previously being the champions of Australasia and competing in the grand finals for World University Debating. With a rich history and a bright future OUDS has consistently fostered some of the best and brightest of Otago with alumni being particularly prevalent in local and national politics, as well as New Zealand private law.
OUDS continues to work to foster debate and discussion across the whole of the Otago region running public discussions and debates. Alongside university debating, OUDS is pivotal in the facilitation and development of Otago Schools and Regional debating. We are immensely proud to be able to so far expand debating to many age groups and some of the furthest reaches of Otago.
Sponsoring OUDS provides you with a chance to further debating in the Otago community. It also provides access to some of the greatest talent of Otago. Debaters possess highly developed public speaking, communication, and creative skills that make them ideal for a professional environment and successful in positions that require a higher level of engagement and adaptability. 
The success and visibility of OUDS provide you or your company a unique opportunity for exposure to some of the best talent of Otago.

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