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The topic for the 2019 Schuman Challenge is: "Supplementing the Minsk agreements: Taking additional steps in support of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders".
Teams of 2-3 undergraduate students each are invited to develop and defend new policies for transatlantic cooperation in Ukraine.
The competition consists of a first round and a final round. In both rounds teams have up to 20 minutes to present and defend their proposals before panels of senior topic experts and thought leaders. The two top-ranked teams from the preliminary round advance to the championship round.
For the first round, each team is scheduled in advance for a 30 minute time slot on Thursday or Friday. All teams return on Friday evening for the final round and awards reception.
Teams are judged based on the merits of their contributions to furthering transatlantic dialogue. Judges are instructed to favor evidence-based analysis, command of the subject matter, and clarity and power of presentation. Participating schools will receive Student Handbooks, Faculty Mentor Handbooks, and Judge Handbooks to guide and support their preparation.
For more information on the competition, please contact:
Martin Caudron, Senior Communications Officer
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Paul S. Hayes, Director of Debate
The George Washington University