Even the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society (HKPDS) has gone wordpress, largely ditching their original website at and redirecting people to their new website at with a message telling visitors that “ will be the main source of updated HKPDS information from now on. HKPDS.ORG will still be up, but not be updated as regularly”.

Now in it’s 7th edition, The Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society Summer Workshop has changed a lot since I first attended 2007 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. HKPDS SW 2011 will be held from Sunday 17th July – Saturday 23rd July. The cost this year is HK$1,200 including accommodation, meals and training material. Once again, HKPDS SW 2011 will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Registration must be submitted before the 15th of May 2011. This can be done either by sending the registration form to or by registering online at
Confirmation of registration will be made on the 30th of May and payments are due by the 7th of June.

The annual HKPDS Cup will be won following the Grand Finals on the 23rd of June. This will occur after 8 rounds of debating in what will prove to be an intense 3 days. HKPDS SW 2011 will also include the annual Public Speaking Competition.

More details are below including the Invitation Letter and Invitation Package

The HKPDS SW 2011 Organzing Committee is:

  • Chairperson: Harley Ng (CUHK)
  • Vice-Chairperson: Phoebe So (HKPU)
  • Financial Director: Patrick Wong
  • Tournament Director: George Chen (HKU)
  • Sponsorship Directors: Jody (HKU) and Kenneth Cheung(CUHK)
  • Logistics Director: Angie Fong (CUHK) and Alice Yu (CUHK)
  • Registration Director: Benjamin So (HKU)

Invitation Letter

Dear Sir/ Madam,

On behalf of the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society (HKPDS), I am delighted to invite you to participate in our sixth Summer Workshop in July 2011. At the Summer Workshop, which is a 7-day event, students will be coached by the World’s top debaters, adjudicators and trainers in British Parliamentary style debating – the international debating format. This year’s trainers include Mr. Loke Wing Fatt – founder of The Society for Associated Inter-tertiary Debaters (SAID), Sharmila Parmanand – three –time champion and best speaker of the Asian Universities Debate Championship and Mr. Michael Baer- experienced debater and coach from Stanford University.

The Workshop is aimed at students continuing on to Forms 5, 6, & 7, or University, although younger students may also be considered. Debating experience is not a must, but is preferred. Space is very limited: APPLY NOW!

Details (Please refer to workshop programme in appendix 1):

  • Date: Sunday 17th July – Saturday 23rd July
  • Cost: HKD$1200 (inc. accommodation, meals & training materials)
  • Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The first two days of the Summer Workshop programme consist of small-group workshops, followed by three -days of competition debating. The last day (Saturday) will consist of a finals series, culminating in a public Grand Final debate in which the top four teams will compete for the HKPDS Cup. The Summer Workshop also features public speaking contest and masters round debate which is show cased by the world-renown trainers.

Debating – and British Parliamentary style in particular – is an activity that is of rich educational value. It promotes critical thinking, trains participants’ ability to form logical arguments, and to communicate them in a clear and persuasive manner. Debating also fosters an awareness of key international issues and events. (Please refer to more information in appendix 2)

To apply, please see the attached application information. However if you should have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

More information about British Parliamentary Debate and HKPDS can be found at our website: You are also invited to join our facebook group: HKPDS SW 2011 or check out our blog at

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Yours Sincerely,
Harley Ng
Organizing Committee 2011
The Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society

Invitation Package