The English-Speaking Union has co-organised with the Universidad Carlos III the presentation event for the bi-lingual university competition. The Sociedad de Debate UC3M faced Duke University in a debate about political responsibility.

The ability to speak and debate in public and a good command of English are two of the most important weapons that Spanish university students must master in their quest for success in the international job market. For this reason the Madrid students will have the opportunity to test their skills in an official debating tournament organised for the region in 2013. As an introduction to this tournament the Sociedad de Debate UC3M organised an exhibition debate in English between its own debating club and Duke University, which ranks amongst the top US universities.

Conscious of the importance of debating and the need that Spanish students have to acquire these skills, the organisers of this event have received an important institutional support for organising the First International Bilingual Debating Tournament in the Comunidad de Madrid, next year. La Fabrica de los Discursos, the company with whom ESU-Spain has a cooperation agreement, also participates in organising these events.