Friday, December 28, 2012

Change of Guards at Top Indonesian Debate Clubs

A handful of English debating clubs in Indonesia went through leadership changes in the last few weeks of 2012, including powerhouses English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia, English Debating Society Universitas Gadjah Mada.Binus International Pool of English Debaters  The new president of EDS UI, the leading club in Indonesia, is second-year communications student Anastasia Sijabat. Under her predecessor Aulia Anggita, UI grabbed 5 trophies in 2012, making it the best performer this year and maintaining the bar high for torchbearers and rivals. 

EDS UGM, which has the second largest trophy cabinet after UI, this week voted to make Dianty Widyowati, an EFL finalist of the 2012 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships, its new leader. Coincidentally, the new presidents of the two leading clubs graduated from the same high school -- SMA 14 Jakarta. BIPEDS, the EFL champion of the 2012 United Asian Debating Championships, also changed guards. Right after it smoothly hosted the 2012 ABP, Andrew Wisnu Sadeli and Andrianto Khiputra rose as its co-captains. Soon after, previous captains Jaran Walia and Invi Atmanegara broke at the 2012 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, giving a great boost to their successors.  

The three outfits will compete in the World Universities Debating Championships with preliminaries starting tomorrow. A good showing in Berlin will clearly fire up them for the year ahead.

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