Friday, January 11, 2013

IVED 2013: The 16th Edition Starts Without Two-Time Champ STAN

Institut Teknologi Bandung - Venue of IVED 2013
The 16th edition of the Indonesian Varsities English Debate (IVED), the country's most prestigious debating tournament, started today at Institut Teknologi Bandung. More than 200 varsity debaters from 36 tertiary institutions gathered in the hillside city and witnessed a test debate on taxing religious organisations that commenced the event. A prominent absentee was Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara (STAN), which has weakened since the school won back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. It also failed to show up last year.

Preliminary debates will take place on Saturday and Sunday with 3 rounds per day. The best 16 on the tab will qualify for the main knockouts while the top 8 novice teams can progress into a separate elimination stage. Team Indonesia for the 2013 World Schools Debating Championships will participate in the prelims but won't be eligible to break. Previously, only teams with 4 wins from 6 rounds could break in the open category. The majority of the out rounds will be held on Monday while finals will take place on Tuesday.

The 3-on-3 IVED is the de-facto national championships and winners are considered the best of their generation. Last year, dark horse Universitas Bakrie pulled off an upset by defeating powerhouse Universitas Indonesia in the final. It was Bakrie's first ever domestic trophy. UI still leads with 8 IVED trophies and is among the favourites this year. The other strong contender is Binus International, which is fielding debaters who won the EFL title in the 2012 United Asians Debating Championships and broke in the 2012 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate. While Binus teams (regular and international) have won many domestic competitions, none could bag the IVED title in the past 15 years.

Institutions in IVED 2013 (some of them are fielding 3 teams)
  1. Binus International
  2. Binus University
  3. Institut Pertanian Bogor
  4. Institut Teknologi Bandung
  5. Politeknik Negeri Ujungpandang
  6. Sampoerna School of Business
  7. Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri Jember
  8. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Bali
  9. STBA Teknokrat
  10. STMIK Amikom
  11. Universitas Ahmad Dahlan
  12. Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta
  13. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta 
  14. Universitas Bakrie
  15. Universitas Brawijaya
  16. Universitas Diponegoro
  17. Universitas Gadjah Mada
  18. Universitas Hasanuddin
  19. Universitas Indonesia
  20. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman
  21. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana
  22. Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember
  23. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang
  24. Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta 
  25. Universitas Negeri Jakarta
  26. Universitas Negeri Semarang
  27. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
  28. Universitas Padjadjaran
  29. Universitas Parahyangan
  30. Universitas Paramadina
  31. Universitas Pelita Harapan
  32. Universitas Sanata Dharma
  33. Universitas Sriwijaya
  34. Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa
  35. Universitas Sumatera Utara
  36. Universitas Widya Mandala

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