Regional selections for the 2013 National Universities Debating Championship have started this week in a number of regions, including in West Java (Region IV) from where two finalist teams of last year's edition came. The others are Region VI (Central Java), VIII (Lesser Sunda), XII (East Indonesia). Remaining regions will conduct theirs later this month. Unfortunately, the ministry has not announced exactly where and when the nationals would take place next month.
The division of the regions continues to follow the Kopertis system,
which is the way private Indonesian universities are regionally
monitored. Each of the 12 regions will send the best 8 teams to the
nationals, which will have 96 squads -- 192 debaters and 96 N1
adjudicators. Teams that pass the regionals cannot make substitutions for the nationals. Three best teams in the national final and the top team on the tab will receive funding to go to the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships in Chennai.