Debate Skills Training - for University of Pécs students

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October 15 - October 16
Organizing unit
University of Pécs, International Centre
Application deadline
October 02
Course fee
20,000 HUF
Target group
Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students of the Uni of Pécs
Language of instruction
3 ECTS credits
Course Location
Faculty of Business and Economics, 4th floor, room B432-4 (Hatchery)

If you are struggling with speaking in public, and with formulating and structuring your thoughts in a coherent and persuasive way, this is the course for you! During this two day intensive, interactive course based on participatory and deliberative methodologies, the participants will improve their critical thinking, argumentation, rhetoric, public speaking and debating skills. Debate is a very useful communication technique that can help you in your professional development and future careers, no matter your academic background. 

Join our Debate Skills Training program, earn credits and boost your personality while receiving high-quality education from an internationally acknowledged, professional trainer!

Program Schedule:

Date Program

Thursday, October 15: 
Argumentation, Rhetoric
& Introduction to Debate

Introductions (09:00 - 10:00)
Argumentation & key principles of rhetoric (10:00 - 11:30)
Individual and group exercises (11:30 - 12:30)
Lunch break (12:30 - 13:30)
Introduction to debate (13:30 - 15:00)
Group assignment w/ mentoring: "5 x why" activity (15:00 - 16:00)
Individual (home-based) assignment: fishbone diagram (16:00 - 17:00) - 
to be submitted until 20:00 to the trainer by email
Friday, October 16: 
Fallacies, Public Speaking & Debate
Introduction to fallacies (09:00 - 10:00)
Fallacies quiz (10:00 - 10:30)
Public speaking: tips & anxieties (11:00 - 12:30)
Lunch break (12:30 - 13:30)
Fishbone diagram feedback (13:30 - 14:00)
Debate 1 preparation (14:00 - 14:30)
Debate 1 & feedback (14:30 - 15:30)
Debate 2 preparation & feedback (15:30 - 16:00)
Debate 2 & feedback (16:00 - 17:00)


The Trainers:

Dr. Maja Nenadović Tvrtko Noa Pater


Dr. Maja Nenadović is an experienced global trainer, debate coach, consultant, researcher with 18 years of experience who has worked in 40+ countries worldwide.
She regularly implements trainings, seminars and workshops in civic education, human rights education, critical pedagogy, peace education and also works as facilitator and moderator of conferences, expert meetings, and of organizational strategy and transition management.
Since 2012, she has developed and implemented Applied Debate - Training Workshops for Depolarizing Communication in more than 20 countries worldwide. In the past several years, she has also worked as a program design and global philanthropy consultant for various private foundations in the domains of peace education, peacebuilding and (youth) civic engagement.
Maja holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, on the subject of Monitoring & Evaluation in the area of democracy promotion and democratization projects. She is the Secretary General of the Board of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE).
She has working knowledge and ability in English, Croatian, Dutch, Spanish and Hungarian languages.

Tvrtko Noa Pater is a trainer and educator who works in the fields of Holocaust education, rhetoric and facing history. With over 15 years of experience, Tvrtko as an advocate of free speech and self-reliance believes that teaching students how to stand up for their rights and beliefs while at the same time having understanding for the views of others is of paramount importance. It is his personal mission to foster understanding for views different than our own, and to build bridges and empathy for opinions and perspectives across ideology, religion, political spectrum.
Tvrtko has a background in law and works as Head Legal Trainer in the Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans (MICC WeB) project. He is also a peer guide trainer for the “Anne Frank - A History for Today” traveling exhibition, as well as a debate coach and adjudicator in the British Parliamentary debate format. He is also a lead trainer and facilitator affiliated with the Croatian Education and Development Network for the Evolution of Communication – HERMES.

Social program 

It is expected that after following this short, intensive course, the students will be able...
1. To construct arguments and recognize basic elements of rhetoric, argumentation and persuasion techniques;
2. To understand fallacies and logical reasoning mistakes and be able to recognize and qualify them in everyday use;
3. To construct, structure, contextualize and deliver a speech;
4. To prepare, research, organize and conduct a debate.


Fees and Payment 

Fee for University of Pécs students: 20.000 HUF 

Payment deadline: October 9, 2020

Payment method: through the Neptun system



We do not provide University of Pécs students with accommodation for the time of the program.

How to Apply 

You can apply for the Debate Skills Training by filling in the form: Application Form

The application deadline is October 2, 2020.

Brochures and videos 

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Contact Us 

Should you have any further questions please contact our colleagues at:

Dr. Gyöngyi Pozsgai
Study Abroad and Summer School
Program Manager
Szabina Tóth
Study Abroad and Summer School
Program Coordinator
Flóra Kanyuk
Study Abroad and Summer School
Program Coordinator

To visit the Office:

The Summer School Office is located at 4 Vasvári Pál street, Rector’s Cabinet, International Centre, office No 128.


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 15:00pm

Telephone Enquiries: +36-72-501-500/12418

Postal Address: Rector's Cabinet, International Centre, University of Pécs

Vasvári Pál u. 4.,

7622 Pécs, Hungary

Apply Now 

You can apply for the Debate Skills Training by filling in the form: Application Form

The application deadline is October 2, 2020.