Debate | Asia Schools Open Winter '22

100% Online Competition

Excellent from 77 reviews
99% of students recommend


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22-23 JAN '22



Age Group

Teen (13-17 Yrs)


The Asia Schools Open Pre-University Debate Championships, commonly referred to as Asia Schools or simply ASO, is the Asian Regional Championship for debate and public speaking in the British-Parliamentary format. The ASO is the region’s showpiece pre-university competition and is one of the major honours of the debating season for those under 18 and currently enrolled in a pre-university institution. The biannual regional debating championship of Asia is organised by EduDrift in both the winter and summer editions.

To celebrate the increased accessibility and diversity of the Asian Championship in the last few years, EduDrift declared that the tournament would be permanently transitioned into a virtual competition, with 11 countries from Australasia sending up to 80 teams to the tournament. The defending champions of each edition will have an automatic berth in the following edition’s 80 participating teams. Indonesia won their first Asian championship title by beating teams from South Korea, China, and their counterparts from Indonesia on the topic of philosophy in the final. The win was recorded in the September 2021 Summer edition of the championship.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia, the tournament was organised in two hosting cities, Seoul and Shanghai while retaining the name Asia Schools Open. Alongside increased accessibility in the COVID-19 virtual era, EduDrift also introduced professionally recorded demonstration videos by internationally acclaimed debate specialists and implemented Personal Assessment Report (PAR) for every participant for the first time in the Asian debating community.


The tournament features 5 competitive preliminary rounds with participants from India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Entering its third year, the event is well recognised by the community as the most prestigious pre-university regionals on the Asian continent. The judging style was also praised, with an extensive invitation of regional champions and legends to grace the event and provide accurate verdicts on the rounds.

Key Information

100% Online
Assessment Report
Networking Session
Video Resource


Zoom Meetings
Slack Workspace

Accepted Payment Methods

Alipay 支付宝

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the platforms used for this competition?
We will be using Slack and Zoom. Participants should aim to have them downloaded a week before the competition
Is there an age limit for this competition?
All participants must be enrolled in a Middle school, High School/Secondary School or Senior High School/Junior College/Polytechnic at the time of the tournament. Graduated students who are awaiting admission into universities are not eligible for this tournament. Participants who are uncertain about their eligibility status should prepare documents to prove the equivalence of their education standard and clarify with the organising body prior to registration. Both members of the team must fulfil this criterion in order to be eligible to compete. Members of the team do not need to be from the same academic institution as composite teams are eligible to compete in the tournament. Should the eligibility of the team(s) be called into question, the organising body reserves the right to disqualify the team before the start of the tournament.
How do I qualify for the U16 and U14 Categories?
In order to qualify for the 16-and-Under (U16) Category, both members of the team must not have passed their 17th birthday on the start date of the tournament. Should a team consist of only one member who fits this criterion, the U16 participant will be eligible for the Top 10 Speaker Awards in the U16 Category but the team will only be eligible for the Open break. The organising body will automatically include teams and/or speakers in the U16 Category based on the Date of Birth provided in the Personal Detail Registration Form. Should the participant information be unavailable prior to the tournament, the participant must provide the information during registration on the first day of the tournament.
Is there a dress code?
All participants are expected to be in business casual attire for the competition. Participants may choose to wear school uniforms if the business attire is unavailable.
Is there financial assistance for this competition?
Traditionally underrepresented countries in Asia may apply to participate under our scholarship scheme for a full waiver of registration fees.


Based on 77 reviews
Very Good
Harper Smith

Harper Smith

05 Sep 2021 19:44

Harper Smith

This was one of the most well run tournaments I have attended and the judge quality and motion quality was exceptional. A great weekend all around!
Sylvia Pan

Sylvia Pan

05 Sep 2021 18:16

Asian Schools Debate Open-Review

The competition is great, definitely a high-quality debate competition. If it is rehosted, I would definitely attend again.
Bottle Gang

Bottle Gang

05 Sep 2021 17:20

very poggers

very poggers
Waan Choi

Waan Choi

05 Sep 2021 13:41

good competition

this was such a memorable experience for me
Ella Li

Ella Li

05 Sep 2021 11:22

Great Chance for me to improve my skills

I was able to understand what are some of my strengths and weaknesses in this debate.
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