The finals and award ceremony of the 18th Sookmyung Debate Contest was held at our university’s Centennial Hall Samsung Convention Center on May 29 (Wed). The debate contest was held as a part of social problem-solving competency building program that is being conducted by the Campus Town Project with the goal to foster future-oriented competencies required in the 4th industrial revolution.
Focusing on coding education, which has been increasingly receiving attention recently, the topic of the contest was selected as “Coding education must be included in the mandatory liberal arts curriculum for colleges.” The contest, which required a 3-person team comprised of our school’s 8 semester or less undergraduate students as the members to participate, began as a tournament-type contest on May 25. On this day, the finals were held to once and for all determine the final standings of the participating teams.
Hosted by School of Academic Affairs Professor Byeong-gil Kim, the event kicked off as the Dean of School of Academic Affairs Professor Seong-su Hong reported the debate contest’s progress so far. The words of encouragement from President Jungai Kang was followed by introductions of Professor Geon-jong Yeo who served as the head of the judging panel, Yonsei University Professor Jeong-eun Na who participated as a judging panel, and our university’s Professors Ja-hwang Gu, Hui-seon Shin, and Jong-wu Lee.
After the finals were conducted, Judging Panel Professor Geon-jong Yeo announced the general review and results of the debate. Professor Yeo said, “Sookmyung Debate Contest is a meaningful event that develops college students’ thinking and expressive skills,” and that the judges gave meticulous consideration to determine the standings of the fierce finals. The grand prize on this day went to the Gongmyeong Team, which comprised of all School of Communication & Media students, and the gold prize went to the CamelCase Team. Each member of the grand prize and gold prize winning teams were given 1 million won and 700 thousand won in prize money and award certificates, respectively.
Participating Student Se-in Kim (Department of History & Culture, ‘18) from the Sooktobox Team shared her experience and said, “I learned a lot as the 3 team members worked together to research data and gather the findings. We were able to grow together by improving one another. Because we weren’t familiar with coding, we felt like we were in the dark at first. However, it was great to learn about the importance and trends of coding through this contest, and now I am eager to learn more.”
Professor Seong-su Hong said, “Participation from engineering students significantly increased compared to last year,” and “Far less forfeiting and absent teams this year seemed to have greatly contributed to the stability of the contest.”