The first round of the 2012 United Asian Debating Championships kicked off today in Malaysia at the same time with the start of Region III (Greater Jakarta) qualifiers of the 2012 National University English Debating Championships. Binus University and Institut Pertanian Bogor have teams in both events. Universitas Bakrie, the host of the latter competition, won the EFL section of the 2011 UADC but has decided to skip this year's edition, which will only end on May 29.
Region III is considered as the toughest of the 12 NUEDC regions. Three out of 4 finalists of the national round last year - Binus, Bakrie and Universitas Indonesia - came from this group. All 3 schools are fielding strong teams this year that include Australasians ESL champs (UI) and IVED winners (Bakrie). Like other regions, the top 8 in the qualifiers are eligible to proceed to the main tournament next month. A school is only allowed to register one pair for the regionals, which cannot change if they make it to the nationals.