Suleyman Demirel University




Qazaqstan Speech and Debate Association (QSDA), founded and led by Adam Saligman, is an initiative to introduce high, internationally prestigious standards to local English language speech and debate in Kazakhstan. We offer four debate and public speaking formats that are synced with the curriculum and standards of USA’s prestigious National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). QSDA recently agreed to collaborate with NSDA’s official branch league in China with an initiative to bring Chinese students to Kazakhstan to debate with us and to send our champion Kazakhstani debaters to both China and USA. The rules for schools’ and students’ participation all aim to match the rules and standards of NSDA so we will be able to send our students abroad and give them invaluable opportunities to debate in internationally prestigious events!


For schools' participation

We ask that our schools support their students by sending at least one teacher (or other adult who has at least graduated from high school) to coach their own students and judge other students’ speeches and debates. Schools must bring at least 1 judge for every 5 students entered in the competition. Judges should be basically familiar with the flow (NSDA’s official note taking strategy) and make visible efforts to use it when judging debate to unify our standards and prepare our Kazakh students to compete internationally in NSDA events in both China and USA (where they will be judged on the flow). Schools may contact Adam Saligman (AdamJiaoshi@gmail.com) to ask for videos and reading material about our formats and the flow. If a school brings between 6 and 10 students, they must bring 2 judges to be there at all times. The requirement is 3 judges for 11-15 students, etc.

For students' participation

There is only one topic for each format for the entire competition. This means that students will debate it multiple times and they will debate both sides of it. Students are strongly advised to practice for this competition through using the flow and intense preparation. The only topic they will debate is the topic given for the format they choose—this means that students who research the topic thoroughly and know both sides of it very well will have an advantage. In USA and China it is traditional for students to bring not only fully developed cases for both sides of the resolution (topic), but also extra data (research, historical examples, and case studies) and analysis to prepare for potential rebuttals. NSDA values preparation and deep knowledge of the topics, which we totally agree with at QSDA! Students may register for up to ONE debate format (NOT both), ONE speaking event, ONE debate format AND ONE speaking event, or BOTH speaking events.  Double entering does NOT change the registration fee. Students are expected to behave themselves professionally and obey all rules of the host institution, as well as to respect the host institution.


This competition features four different events: two debate formats and two public speaking events.

Public speaking

Duo Interpretation resembles acting more, where students, working in pairs, perform 7-10 minutes of a published play, film, novel, television series, or short story. Students must use their body language and voice to differentiate characters while never making direct eye contact or touching each together. Duo Interpretation teaches fluent public speaking through self-awareness, blocking (positioning oneself optimally for the audience to see), and close attention to tone.


Debate formats

Lincoln Douglas is a one-on-one format that takes a more philosophical approach, asking the students to tie their cases together with a value they are trying to uphold. LD’s emphasis on value teaches debaters strong analytical skills.


Public speaking

Original Oratory is where students, working individually, can speak their own minds by preparing a 7-10 minute speech, memorized, that addresses a current problem they find important and want to solve. OO empowers students to speak their mind through teaching organization, structure, use of humor, and charisma.


Debate formats

Public Forum is a two-on-two debate format where students debate on a resolution that is either a comparative statement about harms and benefits of a policy or an absolute proposal).



March 13, 2020

Day 1

5:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m Arrival and Registration
5:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m Opening Ceremony (Remarks from SDU Staff)
6:00 p.m – 6:45 p.m Dinner
6:45 p.m – 7:45 p.m Round 1
7:45 p.m – 8:45 p.m Round 2

March 13, 2020

March 14, 2020

Day 2

8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m Arrival
9:00 a.m – 10:15 a.m Round 3
10:15 a.m – 11:30 a.m Round 4
11:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m Lunch
12:15 p.m – 12:30 p.m Announcements/Breaking into Quarter Finals​
12:30 p.m – 1:45 p.m Quarter Finals for Debate, Semi Finals for Speech
1:45 p.m – 3:00 p.m Semi Finals for Debate
3:00 p.m – 4:15 p.m Finals for Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory
4:15 p.m – 5:30 p.m Finals for Lincoln Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate
5:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m Break
6:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m Award Ceremony

March 14, 2020


Whether it’s getting your name pronounced wrong for the 47th time, ending up in the ultimate awkward conversation, or discussing the perfect way to balance alpacas instead of LD, QSDA tournaments are always an irreplaceable experience. As a shy and awkward 12-year-old, public speaking was one of my greatest interests. QSDA introduced me to a larger and more diverse platform, allowing me to step out of my school’s constraints and compete with more experienced speakers. But QSDA also connects me with other debaters and speakers, perhaps awkward and shy, but amazing friends.


Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) is a private higher education institution (HEI) in the Eurasian country of Kazakhstan. It is situated in the mountainous town of Kaskelen, 20km from Almaty city centre. The University was founded in 1996 following a joint venture between Turkey and Kazakhstan, and was named after the president of Turkey who also inaugurated SDU together with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev.


Almaty region, Karasay area
040900, Kaskelen city
Abylai khan street, 1/1

+7 771 447 66 53
+1 (314) 606 21 99

Support the University

SDU campus is a central place for students educational and recreational activities. University aims to renew its basic infrastructure by building new facilities and substantially renovating existing ones. This includes buildings, roads, utilities, grounds and landscaping, student housing, and information technology resources needed to fully support the University mission. Maintaining up-to-date library resources and research facilities, equipment, and technological tools are also important.

Support the faculty (professors)

1. Support Research Internship Program. Faculty members develop academic curriculum and research at the University. Within the framework of this program SDU provides faculty members with the opportunities to do research abroad. Your donations will cover flight expenses, accommodation and monthly salary from 6 months up to 1 year. SDU also invites professors from abroad to share their knowledge and experience with local faculty and students.
2. Support “Zhas maman” Program. “Zhas maman” program is aimed at developing university human capital by selecting the best SDU graduates and helping them start their academic career as teaching assistants. Young specialists are encouraged to do PhD abroad and get rich research experience from prestigious universities. Teaching assistants are provided with scholarships and professional advise from the faculty.

Support talented students

This program is for outstanding students regardless of their welfare. Eligible students have to demonstrate outstanding academic and social achievements. This program is designed to foster professional and personal development of students by giving full or partial grants or providing dormitory. In order to keep the grant during the whole period of its validity the recipient has to meet certain minimum GPA each semester.


Question? Contact us! infomatrix@sdu.edu.kz

Since Infomatrix Asia is an international project competition and current lingua franca is English language, we decided that everything(documentation, presentation, submission) will be in English.

Starting from this year, participation doesn’t give opportunity get max at ENT.

All participants who study at secondary school must participate with their supervisors. Due to the security concerns of the participants.

Mail to infomatrx@sdu.edu.kz (Only technical questions)

Look carefully at category requirements, but common thing is: great presentation, clear documentation, completed project, short video demonstrating your knowledge of English Participants from Kazakhstan should have participated on regional, city, republic project competitions before.

Infomatrix Asia is an independent competition. Therefore, you are free to submit your project to any other competitions.

The participation fee is a required fixed cost that covers: transportation, medals, t-shirts, certificates, food, lodging and so on…


We are inviting participants to stay in our comfortable and modern “Student House” located on the territory of SDU.

The student house of Suleyman Demirel University offers students not only accommodation and meals on the territory of the Smart Campus during their studies, but also the opportunity to improve their social skills and strengthen international relationships.

Do you need help? Contact us!  infomatrix@sdu.edu.kz

Бонус ұпай қалай жинауға болады?

Қатысушылардың Instagram желісіндегі парақшасында SPT олимпиадасы туралы қызықты әрі креатив пост жариялау арқылы 1-ден 5-ке дейін бонус ұпайға ие болу мүмкіндігі бар. Пост сурет, мәтін немесе видео сияқты кез келген форматта бола алады.

Шығармашылық шектеу жоқ, қиялыңа ерік бер!
Арманыңды жаз, әңгіме құрастыр, видео түсір, достарыңа мотивация бер,  оларды да қатысуға шақыр!

Бұл – тіпті қосымша 0,5 ұпайдың грант иесі атануда шешуші рөл атқара алатын тұсы. Сондықтан мұндай тамаша мүмкіндікті міндетті түрде пайдалануға кеңес береміз.


  • Қызықты және креативті пост жариялау (мәтін 50 cөзден кем емес, қатысышының өз атынан жазылады)
  • Cуретте @sdukz белгілеу (tag)
  • Хэштег – #spt2020 #sdukz
  • Пост соңында аты-жөнін, кластер мен ЖСН соңғы 6 цифрін хэштег арқылы көрсету (мысалы, Ахметов Айбек, #Кластер5, #123456).
  • Қатысушы парақшасы 10 наурызға дейін ашық болуы керек.

*Посттарды олимпиада ұйымдастырушылары былай бағалайды (жалпы ереже):

▫️1 ұпай:
— Пост жарияланған, талаптарға сай;
▫️2 ұпай:
— Мәтіні өте жақсы жазылған пост;
▫️3 ұпай:
— сапалы түсірілген және монтаждалған видео-пост;
▫️4 және 5 ұпай:
— Көп қаралым жинаған, лайк пен комментарий саны көп сапалы пост. 

Алайда баға беруші посттың сапасына көбірек қарайды. Яғни, тек қана мәтінмен-ақ +5 балл алу мүмкіндігі де бар. Немесе керісінше, көп лайк жинаған пост сапасыз болғандықтан 1 ұпай ғана жинауы мүмкін.

Посттар онлайн тіркелу аяқталғанға дейін қабылданады.

Как заработать бонусные баллы?

Участники имеют возможность заработать от 1 до 5 бонусных баллов, написав интересный и креативный пост об олимпиаде SPT на своей странице в Instagram. Пост может быть в любом формате, как текст, фото или видео.

Творчеству нет предела, дай волю своим фантазиям!
Напиши мечту, сочини рассказ, сними видео, мотивируй своих друзей, пригласи их участвовать вместе!

Это тот самый момент, когда даже 0,5 баллов решают, достоин ты гранта или нет. Поэтому очень советуем воспользоваться этой  возможностью.


  • Опубликовать интересный и креативный пост (с текстом не менее 50 слов, от имени участника)
  • Отметить @sdukz на фото (tag)
  • Хэштег #spt2020 #sdukz
  • Указать в посте ФИО, кластер и последние 6 цифр своего ИИН через хэштег (например, Ахметов Айбек, #кластер2, #123456.
  • Страница участника должна быть открытой до 10 марта.

Посты оцениваются организаторами олимпиады таким образом:

▫️1 балл:
— есть пост, выполнены все условия;
▫️2 балла:
— пост с хорошо написанным текстом;
▫️3 балла:
— интересный пост с качественно снятым и смонтированным видео;
▫️4 и 5 баллов:
— качественные посты с хорошим охватом, количеством лайков и комментариев.

Оценивая посты, организаторы в первую очередь обращают внимание на качество поста. То есть, даже с текстом можно получить максимальный балл. Или наоборот, посты которые набрали тысячи лайкав, могут получить только 1 балл из за плохого качества.

Посты принимаются до завершения онлайн регистрации.

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