Universitas Parahyangan (Dwita Aryani & Josefhine Chitra) yesterday prevailed over former champion Institut Teknologi Bandung to win the Region IV (West Java) qualifying round of the 2012 National Universities English Debating Championship. While the qualifiers took place in Cirebon, the final four all came from provincial capital Bandung. The other finalists were Universitas Padjadjaran and Institut Manajemen Telkom. Region IV is one of the toughest among the 12 groups. ITB won NUEDC 2009 and reached the finals of last year's national round.
On the same day, Universitas Hasanuddin (M. Akbar Walenna & Framita Rahman) topped Region IX (Sulawesi). Each of the 12 regions is entitled to send 8 teams to the national round so all regional semifinalists qualify for the main stage. A school is only allowed to register one pair for the regionals, which cannot change if they make it to the nationals. The roster for the national round is beginning to shape up. Two strong regions, III (Greater Jakarta) and VII (Yogyakarta), will hold theirs late May. The regions mimic the geographical divisions of private universities in Indonesia. The bureaucratic unit that administers each division is known as Kopertis.