THE University of the South Pacific held a special function to honour its Europa Shield Inter-University debating teams.
The function was hosted by vice-chancellor and USP president Professor Rajesh Chandra.
The teams met in the finals after beating teams from the Fiji National University during the tournament at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Theatre.
Prof Chandra said the function was organised to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the teams and their mentors in winning the debate tournament.
He said the outstanding performances of both teams had made the university very proud.
"Participating in such activities enables students to explore and attain knowledge beyond what is taught in lectures," he said.
"This helps students prepare for the challenging and changing environment that awaits them once they leave the university."
Prof Chandra also acknowledged the support and efforts of the team co-ordinators in assisting the team with preparations and leading USP to victory.
The winning team was made up of Jope Tarai, Aashqeen Hasan, Jason Titifanue and Robinshon Chand. The runner-up team members were Mohammed Azim Ishak, Ruveni Gacala and Anishini Chand.
Jope Tarai was also declared the best debater.
USP has won the tournament twice over three years since the inaugural tournament in 2010.