Two female students of the Institute of Business Administration will contest against the Asia-Pacific region’s most eloquent young women in the four-day Australian Women’s Debating Championship.
Maham Aftab and Myra Saeed, both second-year BBA students at IBA, will compete against teams from New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and India.
The competition, which started in 2001, is being held by the Melbourne University’s debating society and will start from September 21.
The IBA Public Speaking Society (PSS), which, according to Saeed is one the most active debating societies in the country, received an invitation from the host earlier this year. The society then launched a campaign within the institution to select its finest debaters.
The students’ participation in the competition was made possible through partnership with a pharmaceutical company, OBS Healthcare, which offered full financial support. The participants esteemed the contribution by the company and hoped to do the same for others. When we come back, hopefully after winning the competition, we hope to work towards making a difference in others’ lives as well, said Saeed.