Students at SKH Holy Trinity Church Secondary School were convinced that a university degree was not essential for success after a heated debate recently. Six students took part in an English debate on the topic 'Is a university degree essential for future success?' in front of their schoolmates. The sixth formers' eloquence and quick responses drew nods of approval from the audience. The affirmative team defined success as 'contribution to society' and argued that respected professionals such as lawyers and doctors all have a university degree. The opposition team thought success meant happiness which came from satisfaction after reaching a certain level in society. They said voluntary workers did not need a higher education, citing the late Mother Teresa as an example. Even Microsoft chief Bill Gates was a school dropout, they emphasised. Their rivals argued that success also meant respect from others and degree-holders were more likely to be respected. The opposition again found a loophole in their rivals' argument. They pointed out respected actors Andy Lau Tak-wah and Jackie Chan do not have a university degree. The adjudicators found the opposition team more convincing after the hour-long debate. Professor Steven Palmquist, of Hong Kong Baptist University, told the students that it was important to maintain eye contact and look confident on the stage. Legislative Councillor Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, one of the three adjudicators, said she was impressed by the students' performance. 'They used difficult words and debated a difficult topic. The pace was fast but they responded quickly,' said Ms Eu. 'Considering that the language of instruction in the school is Chinese, and they volunteered for this debate, I have to say I admire their bravery. It was well done.' Wu Miu-yee, who was selected as best debater, said she was very nervous before the contest but gained valuable experience from it. Cho Hing-man, the chairperson of the debate, said she, too, was nervous on stage. 'Even though I spent more than a month preparing for the contest, something still went wrong,' she said.