Friday, September 30, 2011

Search for WSDC 2012 Coach Ends Today

World Schools Debating Championships 2011 might have only been a month ago but the Ministry of Education is poised to kick off preparations for next year's edition due to the competition's January schedule. Today is the last registration day for those who want to coach Team Indonesia. The selected coach/es must be able to hit the ground running as a pool of pre-selected 24 high school speakers need to be whittled down to 4 members of the national squad by mid-October.

The upcoming preparations should learn lessons from WSDC 2011, especially because many countries may field the same debaters in January due to the short interval. Indonesia this year ended at #37 with a 2-6 record. For comparison to previous performances in WSDC, click here. Consolation from the last WSDC campaign came from Aceh debater Nudzran Yusya who slipped into the top 20 EFL speaker list with an average point of 69.9. As a comparison, the best speaker of the tournament Teoh Ren Jie from champion Singapore averaged at 74.7.

The next WSDC will be held in South Africa, the same country where Team Indonesia first competed in a WSDC in 2001. Then, Donny Eryastha (SMA 2 Bengkulu), Marlisa Soepeno (SMA 17 Makassar), Ina Damayanti (SMA Taruna Nusantara), Aulia Astagina (SMA 6 Yogyakarta) and captain Rusdi Ghazali Malueka (SMA 3 Pontianak) introduced Indonesia on the WSDC stage by grabbing the the Best New Team award after winning 3 out of 8 mandatory debates.

UN Malang Opens Registration for East Java Only Comp

Universitas Negeri Malang will again hold the East Java Varsities English Debate (EJVED), a 3-on-3 tournament exclusively for East Java debaters. Registration for this Nov. 18-20 competition opens today with a cap of 5 teams per institution, not school. Many East Java universities have multiple institutions that practice English debating. Debaters who have competed 3 times in EJVED are ineligible. This year EJVED eyes to have 60 teams.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ALSA Champs Win ASEAN Debate for Indonesia

Indonesia defeated Thailand in the grandfinal of the ASEAN Youth Debate in Bandung yesterday with both countries being represented by debating teams from their top universities. The winning team were the same Universitas Indonesia squad that won the ALSA UI E-Comp last May - Adlini Ilma Ghaisany, Roderick Sibarani and Dennys Kapa - while Thailand fielded Nuanpan Ketumarn, Yuttana Saisangkagomon and Tidarat Yingcharoen, debaters from Chulalongkorn University who came second in the 2011 EU-Thailand Debate Championships - the country's equivalent to IVED. 

Six other ASEAN countries sent their representatives to the competition, which is part of the Tunza International Children & Youth Conference on the Environment. All participants of this UN-sponsored event must join discussions on sustainable development that will produce a declaration tomorrow. Due to this format, the 8 countries had different methods in tailoring their contingents. Same-school debaters formed the core of the Indonesian and Thai delegations. Malaysia and the Philippines mixed debaters and non-debaters from different colleges in their contingents. However, Singapore sent students with scant debating experience although its leading school NUS won the top Asian competition UADC this year. Malaysia and Singapore reached the semifinals of the Bandung debates. 

With this victory, Gesa-Odi-Dennys are the only 3-member team in Indonesia that have won 2 trophies this year so far. If they had used the UI flag in Bandung, it would had been the school's fifth English debating trophy in 2011.      

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DOTY 2011 Gets New Table Leader

Rifan Ibnu Rahman from Institut Teknologi Bandung is the new leader of the DOTY 2011 table, ousting Universitas Indonesia's Roderick Sibarani who had been topping the list since its start in May.

Both have collected 21 points but Rifan has a thin edge due to his more frequent appearances in a grand final. The ITB debater won his first trophy in 2011 in the Just For Fun Debates earlier this month after coming short in 5 previous finals. Dimas Hokka from UI and Universitas Diponegoro's Satrio Adi Pratama are steadily gaining ground behind the top two.

The September list incorporated results from JFF and the Binus International Debating Championships. With the BP season just starting, the table composition may likely change. Here are the top 5 so far.

  1. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
  2. Roderick Sibarani (UI)
  3. Dimas Hokka (UI)
  4. Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip)
  5. Ahmad Naufal Dai (UI)

Click the DOTY button on the navigation bar to access the complete list.

Monday, September 19, 2011

BIND 2011: Key Results

Champions: #3 Universitas Indonesia B (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Elghafiky Bimardhika)
The Joseph Wibowo Center
Finalists: #1 Mahidol University A (Mabrouq Azeez & Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi), #7 Kyushu University A (Mark Solis & Jonathan Borock),  #14 Binus University B (Bryan Gunawan & Sabarudin Adinugroho)

Top 10 Speakers
  1. Mabrouq Azeez (Mahidol University A)
  2. Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi  (Mahidol University A)
  3. Ahmad Naufal Dai (Universitas Indonesia B)
  4. Ahdiat Permana (Universitas Indonesia C)
  5. Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia B)
  6. Dimas Hokka (Universitas Indonesia C)
  7. Buna Rizal Rahman (Universitas Diponegoro A)
  8. Eldhianto Jusuf (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
  9. Mark Solis (Kyushu University A)
  10. Kirana Kania (Institut Teknologi Bandung A)

Friday, September 16, 2011

UI Wins BIND, Fourth Trophy in 2011

BIND LogoUniversitas Indonesia B (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Elghafiky Bimardhika) emerged as the winners of the Binus International Debating Championships, giving their school its fourth trophy in 2011. UI teams won this year's ALSA E-Comp, Bawor Cup, and Australs ESL prize. No Indonesian institution has collected more crowns this year so far. In the grand final, they defeated Mahidol University A, Kyushu University A and Binus University B in a debate that proposed the creation of the United States of Southeast Asia.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

BIND 2011: Mahidol Breaks First with Perfect Mark

Mahidol University (Mabrouq Azeez & Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi) from Thailand broke first in the 2011 Binus International Debating Championships without dropping a point in 5 preliminary rounds. Four Universitas Indonesia teams are among the top 16. All knockout rounds will take place tomorrow.

JFF 2011 (The Harry Potter Debates): Key Results

Universitas Indonesia's Just For Fun Debates used a Harry Potter theme this year. Most team names derived from the popular series. Here are the key results.

Champions: The Squib - Aulia Anggita (UI)/Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
Finalists: Deathly Mellow - Ahmad Naufal Dai (UI)/Elghafiky Bimardhika (UI); Yin & Yang - Irene Severina (UI)/Dennys Kapa (UI); Wolfsbane & Belladonna - Asrining Tyas (UI)/Aditya Lesmana (UI)

Top 10 Speakers: 
1. Luthfi Abdurrahman (The Boggarts/ITB)
2. Ahmad Naufal Dai (Deathly Mellow/UI)
3. Irene Severina (Yin & Yang/UI)
4. Kirana Kania (The Boggarts/ITB)
5. Jonathan Marpaung (The Tempest Aurors/Ex UI)
6. Asrining Tyas (Wolfsbane & Belladonna/UI)
6. Dennys Kapa (Yin & Yang/UI)
6. Elghafiky Bimardhika (Deathly Mellow/UI)
6. Josia Simanjuntak (The Tempest Aurors/Ex UI)
6. Rosmi Yana (Wasted Cos of Butterbeer/Binus)

BIND 2011: Best 8 Speakers & Prelim Motions

The best 8 speakers of Binus International Debating Championships 2011 was announced after the last preliminary round today but their ranks may change because they had to go through an exclusive debate that will affect overall marks. The list in alphabetical order of their school names, not provisional scores, reads:

Mabrouq Azeez (Mahidol University A)
Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi (Mahidol University A)
Buna Rizal Rahman (Unversitas Diponegoro A)
Eldhianto Jusuf (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
Ahmad Naufal Dai (Universitas Indonesia B)
Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia B)
Ahdiat Permana (Universitas Indonesia C)
Dimas Hokka (Universitas Indonesia C)

They were required to debate the motion "This House Would Allow Universities to Buy and Sell Debaters". Other motions that were used in BIND 2011 are as follows:
R1: This House Would Impose a One-House-One-Car Policy in Greater Jakarta
R2: This House Would Abandon the Euro
R3: This House Would Ban Political Parties Formed Along Religious or Racial Lines
R4: This House Believes That Women Should Pay Less Income Tax than Men
R5: This House Believes That NATO Should Provide Air Support for Syrian Rebels in Their Struggle Against Bashar al-Asaad

Greek Gods Galore in BIND 2011

Binus International's annual debating competition BIND started its preliminaries yesterday and the break line up will be out later today. All teams must use team codes from Greek mythology in an effort to reduce adjudication bias from institutional recognition (see list below).

Organizers sought to net 80 teams from all over Asia and at first more than 100 teams, including Asian champion National University of Singapore, registered. In the end, 37 teams showed up, including 4 pairs from 3 non-Indonesian universities -- Mahidol University (Thailand), Kyushu University (Japan) and London College of Legal Studies (Bangladesh). After 4 rounds, Mahidol A (Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi & Mabrouq Azeez) cruised into the silent R5 with a perfect score.

BIND boasts an enviable adujudication core as Chief Adjudicator Rajkumar Narendra from Binus International has world class deputies -- WUDC2012 Co-CA Lucinda David (De La Salle University), WUDC2012 DCA Tim Mooney (University of Sydney) and Asian BP 2009 CA Thepparith Senamngern (Assumption University).

Another thing unique to BIND is the top 8 debaters from the preliminaries may see their ranks change. They need to go through a separate round today that will contribute to their overall marks.

BIND 2011's Greek Codes

  1. AETHES A (STBA Teknokrat A)
  2. AETHES B (STBA Teknokrat B)
  3. APHRODITE A (Universitas Indonesia A)
  4. APHRODITE B (Universitas Indonesia B)
  5. APHRODITE C (Universitas Indonesia C)
  6. APHRODITE D (Universitas Indonesia D)
  7. APOLLO A (Mahidol University A)
  8. ARES A (Binus University A)
  9. ARES B (Binus University B)
  10. ARTEMIS A (Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta A)
  11. ARTEMIS B (Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta B)
  12. ATHENA A (Binus International A)
  13. ATHENA B (Binus International B)
  14. CHRONOS A (Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta A)
  15. CHRONOS B (Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta B)
  16. CUPID A (Kyushu University A)
  17. HADES A (Sampoerna Business School A)
  18. HELIOS A (Universitas Parahyangan A)
  19. HELIOS B (Universitas Parahyangan B)
  20. HERA A (London School of Public Relations A)
  21. HERA B (London School of Public Relations B)
  22. HERMES A (Universitas Padjajaran A)
  23. IRIS A (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
  24. IRIS B (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
  25. MORPHEUS A (Universitas Tarumanegara A)
  26. MORPHEUS B (Universitas Tarumanegara B)
  27. NYX A (Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara A)
  28. PAN A (Universitas Sebelas Maret A)
  29. POSEIDON A (Institut Teknologi Bandung A)
  30. POSEIDON B (Institut Teknologi Bandung B)
  31. RHEA A (Universitas Lampung A)
  32. SOCLACIA A (SMA Sang Timur A)
  33. THEMIS A (London College of Legal Studies A)
  34. THEMIS B (London College of Legal Studies B)
  35. TRITON A (Universitas Diponegoro A)
  36. ZEUS A (Universitas Brawijaya A)
  37. ZEUS B (Universitas Brawijaya B)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Malang Tournament to Honor Best Composite Team

The Faculty of Administration of Universitas Brawijaya Malang plans to hold a tournament from October 22 to 23 that will award the best composite team, in an effort to motivate relations among different debating societies. The 2nd English Parade will also give out prizes to the winning team, finalist, semifinalists, best novice team and top speaker.

The tournament is open for teams representing all schools in East and Central Java provinces, as well as Yogyakarta. However, debaters from out of the region must team up with students from within the three provinces if they want to compete in this 3-on-3 tourney. Students from the class of 2006 and above are ineligible. Registration closes on October 14 while forms can be found here

Monday, September 12, 2011

UI-ITB Pair Win the JFF Harry Potter Debates

The name of the first debating competition in the new academic year was Just For Fun and the Harry Potter theme suggested a lighthearted start to the season. But the final yesterday at Universitas Indonesia was anything but fluffy. The motion was "In Times of War, This House Would Grant Aurors the Right to Utilize the Unforgivable Curses", a gritty sounding topic even for those without prior knowledge of Harry Potter terminology, and some of the finalists were past JOVED and ALSA champs with competitive streak.

The crown of this open tournament went to Institut Teknologi Bandung's Rifan Ibnu Rahman, who finally tasted victory after faltering in 4 previous grand finals this year, and his partner Aulia Anggita from UI. They called their composite team "The Squib" (HP translation: a wizard family member without magical powers).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept-Oct Varsity Competition Schedule

After more than a month of calm, varsity debate competitions are lined up from this Saturday until the end of October. Along with the start of the new academic year, debating societies all over Indonesia are also looking for fresh recruits and worthy torchbearers. The timelime of the upcoming tournaments is follows:

Just For Fun - Sept 10-11
Venue: Universitas Indonesia, Depok
Note: BP; Harry Potter motions

Binus International Debating Championship - Sept 13-16
Venue: Binus International, Jakarta
Note: BP; regional tournament with world-class adjudicators

ASEAN Environment Debate - Sept 25-Oct 1
Venue: Bandung
Note: Asians; 10 teams representing ASEAN member states; Environment motions

Nationwide E-Fest - Oct 13-17
Venue: Universitas Lampung, Bandar Lampung
Note: First national-scale BP tournament in Sumatra

Newbies - Oct 22-23
Venue: Universitas Indonesia, Depok
Note: Asians; participants should have no prior history debating as a college student

English Parade - Oct 22-23
Venue: Universitas Brawijaya, Malang
Note: Asians; open for all schools from East Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta; others must team up with debaters from the three provinces.

IDEA Launches Global Debate Census

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA), the organisation behind the popular online debating resource Debatabase, seeks to find out the number of people involved in competitive debating all over the globe. The census needs help from all debating societies, including in Indonesia. If you can provide details of  your club's membership, please spare a minute and fill a simple form that can be found at   

Monday, September 5, 2011

Team Sought to Represent RI in ASEAN Environment Debate

The government is looking for a team of 3 debaters to represent Indonesia in the 2011 ASEAN Environment Conference and Debate Competition, which will take place from September 25 to October 1 in Bandung. Each ASEAN member state can only send a trio of college students who should participate in all sessions of the meeting and compete in 3 preliminary rounds of Asian-parliamentary debating. The best 4 teams will proceed into the semifinals.

The Ministry of Environment will take team-based applications until September 9. Each applying team should fill the registration form that demands the CV of the 3 members, who should come from the same university, and completion of short essays. The documents can be found here and should be sent to

UI Debater Grabs Headline over Global Girls Summit

Jakarta Globe splashed a headline "Natalia Rialucky Takes a Stand for Women" today, detailing the story of the Universitas Indonesia debater's quest to represent the country in the October 18-21 G(irls) 20 Summit in Paris. Ria, as the 2010 NUEDC finalist is better known, will be one of the 21 delegates globally selected to discuss challenges faced by girls and women ahead of the G-20 summit that will gather leaders of the world's most influential countries in Cannes in early November. She attributed her interest in the topic of women empowerment to debating, showing how the activity is a fountain of inspiration.   

2011 Second Trimester Debate Results

The Ramadan break is over. The Eid holidays and exodus are coming to a close. The new academic year has started. Debating clubs are busy recruiting members and getting ready for the BP season. In a few days, the Harry Potter-themed Just For Fun debates and the Binus International Debating Championship will open the third and last trimester of debating in 2011. Before we get there, let us acknowledge those who achieved success in the varsity and open competitions in Indonesia in the second trimester (May-August).

ALSA UI E-Comp@Universitas Indonesia (May)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia A (Adlini Ilma Ghaisany, Dennys Kapa, Roderick Sibarani)
Finalists: Binus International A (Ravina Alimchandani, Anissa Sabran, Jaran Walia)
Best Speaker: Satrio Adi Pratama (Universitas Diponegoro A)

UMM English Fiesta@Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (May)
Champion: Binus International A (Astrio Feligent, Christian Leonardo, Caroline Herlina)
Finalist: Universitas Negeri Malang A (Erich Zanuardhi, Irna Fibianti, Prima Kartikasari)
Best Speaker: Alvine Stefan (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
Best Novice Speaker: Raden Handidwiono (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)

SODE@SMA 2 Surabaya (June)
Champions: Universitas Gadjah Mada (Astri Agustina, Caessar Pronocitro, Novelisa Wirid)
Finalists: Angry Cocks (Soni Lewi, Rizal Kuddah, Erwin Susetyo)
Best Speaker: Astri Agustina (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

NUEDC@Universitas Diponegoro (June)
Champions: Binus International (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo)
Finalists: Institut Teknologi Bandung (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Dito Krista), Universitas Bakrie (Ammar Syah Anwar & Aryo Febrian), Universitas Indonesia (Adlini Ilma Ghaisany & Roderick Sibarani)
Best Novice Team: STBA Teknokrat (Nurul Djannah & Sheila Koesin)
Best Speaker: Dito Krista (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
Best Novice Speaker: Aditya Purnomo Saputro (Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana)

Bawor Cup@Universitas Jenderal Soedirman (July)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia A (Dimas Hokka & Ahdiat Permana)
Finalists: Universitas Indonesia C (Egalita Irfan & Indra Kusuma), Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Eldhianto Jusuf & Ika Septihandayani), Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara (By Charles Butarbutar & Hendy Prihambudi)
Best Novice Team: Universitas Jenderal Soedirman EFEC A (Algi Rahmat Alfianto & Riswanto Jusuf)
Best Speaker: Ika Septihandayani (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)

JOVED@Universitas Gadjah Mada (July)
Champions: Universitas Diponegoro A (Satrio Adi Pratama, Akita Giga, Edward Sutanto)
Finalists: Institut Teknologi Bandung C (Rifan Ibnu Rahman, Dito Krista, Safira Lazuardi)
Best Speaker: Satrio Adi Pratama (Universitas Diponegoro A)

Special achievements by Indonesians in tournaments abroad

UADC@University of Macao (May)
EFL Winners: Universitas Bakrie 1 (Ammar Syah Anwar, Aryo Febrian, Yudha Mustafa Putra)
EFL Finalists: London School of Public Relations 1 (Christin Berlina, Airin Tirtayadi, Nadia Meutia)
Best EFL Speaker: Ammar Syah Anwar (Universitas Bakrie 1)

Australs@Chung Ang University (July)
ESL Winners: Universitas Indonesia 1 (Dimas Hokka, Riza Aryani, M. Subarkah Syafruddin)