Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WUDC 2013: UGM, Atma Break into EFL Knockouts

Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Erwina Salsabila & Novelisa Wirid) broke second into the EFL quarterfinals of the 2013 World Universites Debating Championships and Universitas Atma Jaya A (Cindy Fransisca & Davin Susanto) followed them at third. Both collected 6 points on the last day of debates and ended with 14 points after nine preliminary rounds. The achievement was especially amazing for Atma A because the they only had 2 points from the first three matches. Their quarterfinal match-ups are as follows:

#2 Gadjah Mada A vs #7 Bauman A (RUS) vs #10 Megatrend A (SER) vs #15 Bucharest A (ROM)
#3 Atma A vs #6 Belgrade A vs #11 Cyril and Methodius A (MAC) vs #14 Tokyo A (JPN)

No other from Indonesia's 10 teams broke in any of the WUDC categories. Three teams --Universitas Indonesia A, Institut Teknologi Bandung A, Binus International A-- could not break into the EFL knockouts even if their points might suffice because they were considered to be part of the higher-skilled ESL bracket. Only those with less than 3 months of school age living in a country where English is the primary language or less than 6 months of studying in an institution with English as the language of instruction can fit the EFL bill. Only 3 Asian teams made the EFL cut this year. The rest came from continental Europe.

Indonesian teams have reached the EFL semifinals twice but a title is still elusive. UGM and Atma teams surely want to set a record.  

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