“In addition to extensive contextual knowledge on Europe, NRW debattiert Europa enables practical relevance and contacts with politics and civil society organisations through innovative and interactive methods (e.g. the Mentimeter voting tool or video recordings) and the regular invitation of external speakers, which are not only valuable for the students’ personal development, but can also be important for their later professional success”.

Social Sciences Student Council, University of Duisburg-Essen (2019)

“The time on stage and thus in public, to present independently developed arguments decisively and to be able to react to counter-arguments in a quick-witted manner, brings security and self-confidence and will positively influence the students’ personality development.”

Social Sciences Student Council, University of Duisburg-Essen (2019)

“Jean Monnet Professor Michael Kaeding of the University of Duisburg-Essen wins this year’s ‘PADEMIA Teaching Award’, receiving European-wide recognition for his NRW debattiert Europa cross-university debating initiative and his outstanding teaching achievements.”

Jury of PADEMIA Teaching awards (2016)

“NRW debattiert Europa convinces with its versatility, the empowerment of independent thinking, the enhancement of argumentation skills and eloquent presentation, its competitive character and its clear practical relevance. Students learn skills that have a strong impact on their personal development as well as sharpening their political science skills, which often fall short in conventional courses.”

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Dr. Solveig Randhahn (2019)

“I am very pleased that this profitable format has been awarded the PADEMIA Prize. At the final event, I myself was able to see the passion with which the students debated European issues. The project successfully contributes to connecting students from NRW with each other.”

State Secretary for Europe and Media of the State of NRW, Dr. Marc Jan Eumann (2016)