Institut Teknologi Bandung bagged its first trophy of this year after winning the debate competition at Politeknik Negeri Lampung last night. ITB (Rifan Ibnu Rahman, Jane Revevalin, Fauzan Reza Maulana) finished unbeaten and took the top three speaker places. It was the second time Rifan earned the best individual award in 2012.
The ITB debaters were among the few from Java who crossed the strait to compete in this Sumatra-based tournament. In the final, they defeated a composite team made up of other Java-based debaters - Algi Rahmat Alfianto, Sadono Iswahyudi (Universitas Jenderal Soedirman) and Dungga Nur Prayogo (Universitas Brawijaya). PNDC is the fifth varsity tournament in Indonesia this year. The 5 champions come from 5 different universities, underlining the even playing field this year.