Debaters from regional powerhouse National University of Singapore championed the 2012 Asian English Olympics but came short from sweeping the top speaker award. #2 NUS A (Hong Yu Xiao & Kenneth Kang) successfully defended the motion "This House Supports the Right of Neighbourhoods to Veto the Establishment of Religious Buildings". In the final, they faced compatriots #4 NUS B (Danielle Goh & Andre Kua), #8 Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Meutia Arinta) and #11 Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A (Bambang Trihadmojo & Hanif Falah).
The NUS winners took the second and third spots on the speaker list while the top individual honour went to ITB's Rifan Ibnu Rahman. In the novice category, up-and-coming speakers from Universitas Indonesia ruled. A team from UI's law school (Boy Al Idrus & Ahmad Rashed) won the novice final while true freshman Terry Muthahhari from UI's debating society bagged the best novice speaker award.