2017 COBIS Student World Debate Competition

English International College has retained the Cup for a second year running in the COBIS Student World Debate Competition.

Two days of exciting debating led to a quarter-final between The Edron Academy and English International College (White) in what coincidentally was a repeat of 2016’s nail-biting final. After an intense 45 minutes, the judges awarded the debate to English International College (White). This resulted in an all-EIC semi-final as well as a Dubai College versus Rygaards International School semi-final for the Cup competition. In the semi-finals of the Plate competition, International School of Moscow met King’s College Madrid and British School of Amsterdam met Dubai College 2.

With English International College (Blue) having beaten English International College (White) - their schoolmates and reigning champions! - and Dubai College having beaten Rygaards International School, the Cup competition final was set.

In the Plate competition, King’s College Madrid gained a victory over International School of Moscow and Dubai College 2 beat The British School of Amsterdam, giving Dubai College a team in both finals of the COBIS Student World Debate Competition.

The final motion was “This house believes that countries’ borders should be eradicated”. All four teams fought valiantly with English International College (Blue) winning the Cup competition and Dubai College 2 winning the Plate competition.

COBIS would like to thank the staff, students and parents at English International College for hosting a wonderful event, including cultural excursions, a gala dinner, an informal Latin-themed party and two days of great debates.

COBIS would also like to thank all who attended and those who supported the staff and students to ensure they were able to participate.

Marbella Radio Television visited the Gala Dinner to do some interviews and find out more about the COBIS Student World Debate Competition. To watch the piece, please click here; the start time is 31:30.

To read an article written by Julia Lotufo, a student from St Paul's Brazil, who took part in the competition, please click on the image below, and go to page 47.

Schools Entered

  • English International College in Marbella (Team Blue and Team White)
  • The Edron Academy
  • St George's International School, Luxembourg
  • British School in Baku
  • Rygaards International School
  • St Paul's - The British School of São Paulo
  • The British School of Gran Canaria
  • The British School Alexandria
  • International School of Moscow
  • Prague British School
  • King's College, The British School of Madrid
  • The British School in The Netherlands
  • Dubai College (Team Dubai and Team Dubai 2)
  • The British School of Amsterdam


Previous Events

For more information on previous COBIS Student Debate Competition, please click on the below links.